Dr. Colbert’s Healthy Gut Zone: How Starving Bad Bacteria Improves Gut Health

In His New Book, Dr. Colbert Says— ‘If It Hurts Your Gut, Don’t Eat It!’

DALLAS —  Bestselling author Don Colbert, MD, explains in his new book, “Dr. Colbert’s Healthy Gut Zone,” (DrColbertBooks) without hesitation that fantastic health benefits are realized when the gut heals itself.

Dr. Colbert urges his readers to feed the good bacteria by consuming veggies, proteins, beverages, fermented foods, and other foods that support the growth of good gut bacteria. He further explains that doing so also simultaneously starves the bad bacteria. “Starving the bad is the other half of the equation, and it simply means that we should avoid, minimize, or eliminate foods that cause pain, inflammation, leaky gut, bloating, or irritation. If it hurts your gut, don’t eat it.”

According to Dr. Colbert, this concept of feeding the good and starving the bad is what your gut wants and needs. It is the perfect recipe for healing the GI tract.

Dr. Colbert provides a list of the seven causes of a leaky gut (increased intestinal permeability) so that his readers know what to avoid, minimize, or eliminate:

  1. Antibiotics
  2. NSAIDs
  3. Acid-blocking meds
  4. GMO foods
  5. Chlorine in drinking water
  6. Pesticides
  7. Intestinal infections

“Starving the bad means not putting any more of items 1–6 into your body than you have to,” explains Dr. Colbert. “The biggest hurdle for many will be the fact that they are taking medications (items 1–3), whether doctor prescribed or over the counter. Abruptly stopping may not be advisable, and you may need to wean off meds such as antibiotics, acid blockers, NSAIDs, and aspirin under your doctor’s care or under the care of a functional medicine doctor.”

Clearly, the gut needs a break. What does Dr. Colbert suggest to readers? “I don’t recommend stopping medications right away. Focus on healing the gut and let the body respond. The end goal is to add nothing to your gut that hurts it in any way. If it takes a few weeks before you can do that, then so be it. But the sooner, the better.”

When the good bacteria are in control of the gut and the gut wall has healed, that is when the inflammation usually subsides. Many times, symptoms disappear, food sensitivities decrease, and sicknesses, even diseases, fade away.

To get to that point, starving the bad is required, according to Dr. Colbert. These common enemies must first be removed from a daily diet:

  • Gluten
  • Sugar and certain carbohydrates
  • Dairy
  • Lectins
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Emulsifiers
  • Saturated fats

The shift away from these common enemies of the gut is more dramatic for some people than for others, but it needs to happen, nonetheless. “The quicker, the better, but if it takes you a while, that is fine,” Dr. Colbert encourages his readers. “What is most important is that you are making lifelong habits of starving the bad bacteria while feeding the good bacteria. This is an ideal lifestyle, and your gut will be happy!”

Dr. Colbert’s newly released book is available through AmazonBarnes and NobleBAMChristianBookIndiebound and Walmart.

Don Colbert, MD, was a board-certified family practice doctor for more than twenty-five years in Orlando, Florida, and most recently in Dallas, Texas. He is also board certified in antiaging medicine through the American Academy of AntiAging Medicine and has received extensive training in nutritional and preventative medicine. He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, including “Let Food Be Your Medicine,” “The Seven Pillars of Health” and “Dr. Colbert’s ‘I Can Do This’ Diet” along with best sellers “Toxic Relief,” the Bible Cure series, “Living in Divine Health,” and “Stress Less.”He has sold more than ten million books and treated more than fifty thousand patients in his years of practicing medicine.

“Dr. Colbert’s Healthy Gut Zone” is published by Siloam, an imprint of Charisma House.


To interview Dr. Don Colbert or to receive a review copy of Dr. Colbert’s Healthy Gut Zone,”contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.