Dr. Kim Bretz helps us understand how to be healthier on different blank free diets

110- Debunking the Blank-Free Diets with Dr. Kim Bretz

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

May 21, 2020

There are so many diets that exclude certain food types. For instance, gluten-free diets obviously remove gluten containing foods from the diet, and same with dairy-free diets and dairy containing foods.

But other diet types are restrictive as well. Vegans remove meat or animal sources from their diet, while carnivore dieters remove plants from their diets.

While many of these diets have good intentions behind them, they may not actually be great for the long term.

Talking with Dr. Kim Bretz, we will be chatting about what these blank-free diets do to your gut microbiome, and how gut healing programs should look.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • How do diets impact our microbiome
  • What types of food can feed or starve the good bacteria in our guts
  • How protocols would look to improve gut health and then reintroduce other foods
  • Top foods and nutrients that are gut friendly


  • [2:30] What was the reason Dr. Kim Bretz became a Naturopath
  • [7:30] Things that we have learned from fecal matter transplants
  • [8:30] Looking at the bugs and bacteria in the body has changed Dr. Kim's views on how to assess nutritional information
  • [11:45] Does bacteria prefer certain nutrients to feast on, or a variety of nutrients
  • [14:15] When eating processed food, is that supplying any good nutrients to the good bacteria
  • [17:00] Are blank-free diets beneficial to health, and what can be the long term effects
  • [23:00] When limiting your dietary type, what happens when circumstances change and those foods are hard to find
  • [26:30] Practitioners need to have exit strategies for their clients and patients so they aren't left in an unsustainable lifestyle
  • [27:30] What would a protocol look like for someone who is working on their gut
  • [33:00] Which oats are better for the gut bugs
  • [34:45] What happens when people feel really good on their changes and don't want to revert back to old foods
  • [36:30] How can people start expanding their palate to consume a wider variety of foods
  • [42:45] Trying new foods helps your taste buds to refine their ability to sense true foods

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Kim Bretz

Website: DrKimBretzND.com

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Dr. Kim Bretz helps us understand some issues that can pop up if you limit your food intake to certain diets

Dr. Kim Bretz helps us understand some issues that can pop up if you limit your food intake to certain diets

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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