"Please pass the silverware and a side of good bugs!"
The bugs I am speaking of today are actually the bacteria that reside in our gut. Yep, each and every one of us has our very own stash of these goodies lining our lower intestines. The question is.... is this bacteria working for us or against us? Well that depends if you have more good guys or bad guys..
Meet the crazy bug family.
Boy are they dysfunctional.
Scientists now recognize that close to 99% of all our genetic information does not come from our parents or family, it comes from our bugs,, also known as "flora". These guys are total superstars inside the body since they keep us in optimum health, but when flora are disturbed or damaged, these benefits can turn around pretty quickly. Not just gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, (as if that wasn't enough) but some health professionals are saying it can actually spell the difference between life and death.
Think of your body as a vessel. It's geared for the growth and spread of bugs and microbes found in the gut and elsewhere. These bacteria produce B vitamins, vitamin K, enzymes, neurotransmitters (ie serotonin) important amino acids, fatty acids and more. So when there is a disruption of flora in the gut whether through diet, antibiotics, medications, alcohol, etc, it allows for the overgrowth of the opposite kind of microbes. These predispose us to a whole set of health problems and diseases, like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, colitis, skin problems, emotional imbalance, and even cancer. Gut flora makes up a huge part of the immune system by helping us distinguish between harmless substances and toxins so it makes sense that when we have an imbalance, we get sick.
So what can we do?
1. Avoid prescription drugs and antibiotics except as treatments of absolutely last resort. Of course, this is to be discussed with your doctor but don't forget to ask those 3 simple words, "is this necessary?"
2. Eliminate what I call "white trash"...or processed foods & added sugars and instead, begin eating a diet rich in whole foods, fresh veggies, lean proteins, and fats like coconut oil, avocado, eggs, raw nuts, and seeds. Eat fermented foods like real yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and miso.
3. For the love of all that's holy, take a probiotic! One that contains the natural bacteria as well as the prebiotic materials your gut needs to feed the good buggers. The amazing gut replenesher I take is here . I normally take about 3 per day in the morning or evening.
Want to rebuild a healthy gut? We must first start with a minor flush to help drown out the nasty stuff and clean the gut lining, then come in strong with the healthy bacteria and whole food concentrates that help to rebuild the lining of the gut. It's also important to develop a natural healthy acidity which the healthy bacteria love since it's hostile to the nasty bacteria.
The billions of microbes in your body are ready to help you get healthier. It's up to you to heal and support them.
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