Leaky Gut Syndrome Natural Health Advice for Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Mar

    Saturated Fat and Why Your Gut Can’t Heal Without It

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    When it comes to your gut and your health, saturated fats might be much more important than you think. In fact, what if I told you that saturated fats would help you heal your gut?

    Before you think I’ve gone off the deep end, let me introduce you to some interesting statistics about saturated fats. First, I want you to consider that prior to 1920 heart disease and cancer were almost unheard of. But since then, have a look at these trends…

    Between 1910 and 1970…

    • Animal fat consumption DECREASED by 21%
    • Butter consumption DECREASED from 18 lbs. per person per year to only 4 lbs.
    • Refined vegetable oils consumption (much of it trans-fats) INCREASED by 400%
    • Sugar and processed food consumption INCREASED by 60%

    Between 1970 to 2006…

    • Decrease in the consumption of high saturated-fat foods like full-fat milks, eggs and red meat.
    • Butter consumption (a saturated fat) has decreased by 1/3.
    • Refined salad oil (heavily rancid) consumption more than tripled.

    Are You Ready For the Truth?

    So how come if saturated fat consumption has been decreasing further and further for the past century, why have heart disease, cancer, and other health problems continued to increase at a faster and faster rate?

    Because saturated fats are not the problem.

    The Necessity of Saturated Fats…

    • Saturated fats are necessary for the absorption of calcium for bones (so fat-free or skim milk is not a good source of calcium).
    • Saturated fats are necessary for proper immune function, nervous system, and brain development.
    • Saturated fats are a necessary precursor to your hormone production such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and even Vitamin D.
    • Saturated fats are necessary for maintaining the health and rigidity of your cells.
    • Saturated fats are necessary for the utilization of omega-3 fatty acids which are widely accepted as an integral part of your health.

    But Maybe Most Importantly…

    Saturated fats are necessary for healing and maintaining a healthy digestive tract.

    Think About It…

    If saturated fats were so bad, then why is breastmilk that baby’s rely on so early in life full of saturated fat? If something is so beneficial for a baby, then why would it be deadly to an adult?

    So How Much Fat Do You Need?

    That depends on your genetics. I use and teach a method called Metabolic Typing where you determine exactly how much fat you need in your diet to be at your best based on your genetics.

    If you’re interested in learning more about your Metabolic Type and determining exactly how much fat you need in your diet then it’s all part of the Leaky Gut Cure

    Eat This, Not That

    Eat: High quality, pastured, non-medicated, organic eggs, dairy, poultry, and meat.

    Not: Processed meats with added preservatives and chemicals.

    Bonus Tip

    Your body stores toxins in your fat cells and animals are no different. So limit your consumption of fat from conventionally raised animals who store all of the added hormones, pesticides, and medications in their fat cells.

    In my next blog post I want to introduce to you one of the healthiest saturated fats that you can eat and should be cooking with. And it doesn’t even come from an animal…

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  • Thanks Karen,

    I have always had an instinct to eat food ‘the less tampered with the better’. Therefore I have always veered towards, good old fashioned full fat products when it comes to butter, milk and meat products but tried to get organic or chemical free. But this information has been really helpful as a backup to my theory and to help me explain to other people why fats are not bad. Looking forward to more info on what are the best fats to include in our diet.

  • Francine Fields

    I have been following this advice for some time, although grass fed beef, etc. is hard to come by in my rural area. And very, very expensive when I find it. But, I also have a question. What about cooking with lard? I have a friend who still does that and it appears to be an unhealthy thing. Of course, maybe it is just frying food that is unhealthy? Thanks. ff

  • Karen Brimeyer

    Hi Francine,

    Good question. The truth is that cooking with lard is good, but only if it comes from a free range animal that hasn’t been fattened with corn like most is. When fattened with corn, the fat content shifts more to polyunsaturated fats which are unhealthy. But from a good source, it’s quite healthy. If you’re not sure of the source then it’s best to stick with butter and coconut oil.

    -Karen 🙂

  • I have been using coconut milk for my morning cereal. How and or bad is that? I have ms so yeah I have been doing what I can to get better… Although I would never be able to afford what you offer I am happy with the info you put out.

  • You have to be careful with coconut milk. Coconut is a great source of fat but they always add guar gum or some sort of gum thickener to coconut milk which cause a lot of digestive irritation. But I also don’t recommend eating cereal of breakfast either. 🙂

  • Karen, fortunatley I learned this 10 years ago from a U.S. Dr Douglas, Sorry I’m not your best pupil,got to simplify my lifestyle, but, already in only a week since I started I have seen some possitive changes. Best Investment I have made in the last 12 months

  • Great information on your website – thanks for sharing!

  • Great information Karen I eat all saturated fats and my cholesterol is always perfect on every blood test.


  • I’m really enjoying your information. I wish I had your help
    Years ago. I do use coconut oil and
    herbs and I’m getting better. So glad
    That I’m receiving your information.

  • How do saturated fats affect type 2 diabetes?
    New theorists (doctors) on PBS are theorizing that insulin is denied access to clogged cells.
    Is there any truth to this?
    What about the use of aloe vera to heal?
    Thank you.

  • Karen Brimeyer

    Science has already proven that saturated fats do not clog arteries. There is no truth to that. This is why research and drug companies are now labeling heart disease as an “inflammatory” disorder. The truth is that there are brilliant scientists (not doctors), that have already shown what causes heart disease.

  • salman ghani

    Hi Karen,

    What are your thoughts on ghee for healing the gut?

  • Karen Brimeyer

    I recommend it for many reasons but alone it will not heal the gut.

  • Yes, I include saturated fats in my current diet. I’m eating red meat again after many years of giving it up. I find it to be more satisfying in that it fills me up, whereas, after eating some foods I’m still hungry. Also, the fattier parts of chicken like the thighs are more to my liking these days, too.
    But I do have problems digesting some of these fats in that I get allergic type reactions to some things like coconut oil, nuts, avocados, etc. I would love to be able to eat these foods but can’t and I don’t know what that’s all about. Hope to learn more about this in the Leaky Gut Cure,

  • Thank you, Karen.
    Yes, good oil is essential. I am using coconut oil, even as a moisturiser. Dr. Udo’s oil bend omega 3, 6, 9 is also excellent for consumption.

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