What You Put in Your Mouth Matters: Your Gut & Immune SystemApr 17, 2020
From the time you leave the sterile cramped studio apartment of your mother's womb, you begin a journey of collecting and cultivating cities of helpful bacteria. Not only on your skin but in your gut.
As an infant, every surface you touched, every chair leg you gnawed on, every seat belt you chewed on, and every time you stuck your foot in your mouth, you were birthing and fostering new cities of bacteria that began forming your gut microbiota.
To some, that might sound a little gross that we have invisible little creepy-crawlies on our skin and in our bodies. But it's these evasive little creatures that are individually unique to each person (as much as your DNA or fingerprint) that guards our health.
In fact, this micro-sized army is so numerous that it outnumbers our own human cells. That's right. We are only 10% human cells, and our microbiome makes up the other 90%.
Why does this matter? This army fights for you, on average trillions strong, destroying and dismantling of the surrounding pathogens that try to get in, or on you.
In 2007, while some of us may have been pondering why Brittany Spears shaved her head, researchers were pondering why the majority of microbiota hand out in our gut.
This socially "clicky" group of bacteria earned the name "gut flora" or "gut microbiome." This exclusive group of gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota is so massive that if they all gathered for a family holiday, they would weigh around an amazing four pounds!
You might be thinking, "Big deal?"
The significance is that they learned that that's where 80% of your immune system lives.
This is huge.
Research is finding out more than ever now, how closely tied our immune system is to what we put on the menu for these guests we are housing.
Scientists discovered that this loyal militant division of bacteria not only quarantine, chase off, and implement mass genocide with the invaders of our gut. But they are also discovering that they are critical to how well we fight off sickness, disease, cancer, allergies, autoimmune disorders, our fat-burning capabilities, and even our attitude and moods and so much more!
So, how do you know if you have been a good host or hostess to your trillions of tenants?
First is the obvious observation of whether you primarily eat natural clean foods or if your diet consists of a lot of processed, fast foods or sugar-laden meals.
Here are signs that your gut patrons might be a little unhappy and need some incentive or currency in the form of...well... a salad:
- Upset stomach (bloating, diarrhea, constipation etc.)
- A high-sugar diet
- Unintentional weight changes
- Sleep disturbances or constant fatigue
- Skin irritation
- Autoimmune conditions
- Food intolerance
When we eat processed foods or eat added sugars (not naturally found in foods), we literally stop the good flora from multiplying. It's a show of friendly fire. We feed our harmful bacteria that our bacterial allies had been trying so diligently to keep under wraps, and essentially waterboarding them.
Here are things you can do to stop being a traitor to your gut and implement a peace treaty:
- Lower your stress levels
- Get enough sleep
- Eat slowly
- Stay hydrated
- Take a prebiotic or probiotic
- Check for food intolerances
- Change your diet
There are two primary ways to keep our gut flora thriving;
- We can feed them with what's known as prebiotics.
- We can increase the numbers with probiotics.
Prebiotics are carbohydrates that we consume that contain elements that our "good" bacteria thrive on, such as foods containing fiber.
Some of these menu items that make your healthy bacteria even happier are;
- Wheat Bran
Probiotics are live cultures of bacteria we can eat to improve our numbers of good bacteria in our gut for increased health and boosted immune function.
Like getting funding for additional military to prepare for war or joining militant forces of another country to fight a battle, we do the same by eating these live culture foods;
- Yogurt (unsweetened)
- Traditional Buttermilk
- Some types of cheese (it'll state "live cultures" on the label)
- A good probiotic supplement
*Please do your research on the supplements that you order. I will do another class on how to find trustable sources. I personally use USANA Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes. If you have questions about any supplements or this company, just ask! :)
This is the prime time to begin eating onions, garlic, and potent foods such as this. We don't have to worry about making poor first impressions, losing friends, or ending up in a socially awkward situation with all this social distancing and mask-wearing.
In all seriousness, my friends, there's no better time to treat your body like it's the only one you've got (well, I would assume it's your only one, sooo...if not, we need to talk). And decide to sincerely consider everything you consume and what you are feeding your immune system and how you are shaping it to behave and fight for you.
That's why I'm offering my FREE Detox for Immune Health Workshop! It's an amazing introductory class for how to treat your gut right and start making some changes! Don't miss out on all the great resources I have for you too! Click the image below or the highlighted text to learn more information.
Cheers to your health & happiness,
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