I hope your weekend was filled with yummy food and some great R&R.
Last week's blog was an introduction to the gut and it's importance on health. This week will dive further into that topic with more scientific information derived from the book by Dr. Josh Axe, Eat Dirt. So if you are ready to get healthy, then let's go!!
Did you know you have trillions of resident's living in your body? These residents are known as your gut microbiome. They consist of various bacteria. In fact bacteria outnumber our human cells ten to one. Some of the bacteria protect the integrity of our gut lining.
Where does all the bacteria come from? Upon arriving on this earth when birthed vaginally we are covered with good bacteria. The bacteria strand of lactobacillus is rubbed on us. This particular bacteria helps us digest our mother's milk better. Speaking of more bacteria, our mother's breast milk is another item that helps build our gut. Her health directly impacts our health.
Why do we want a healthy gut? When a human has lower good bacteria he/she will probably have higher body weight and fat, be insulin resistant, have higher cholesterol and triglycerides, and increased inflammatory incidences.
Where do we get a bad gut from? Specifically in America our bad guts have been created by our addiction to antibiotics. Antibiotics have been a great invention. They have saved many lives and sick people. Their purpose is to wipe out bacteria in our body. They do not distinguish from good or bad bacteria. This is the problem with antibiotics. Some of the good bacteria build that we have, that took us years to attain can be wiped out in one antibiotic prescription. Without a proper post probiotic plan you will leave your body in a bad state. Leaving it set up for more future diseases and illnesses.
Along with antibiotics Americans use too many anti-bacterial substances. Some of the most common anti-bacterial substances are shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens, soaps, food, water, make-up and lotions. I am going to assume you the reader has one to possibly all these items in your house. So check your labels!
How do we attain a healthier gut? Eating produce grown locally in your region will help build your gut for the bad pathogens you face in every day life. Start visiting farmers markets or grow your own produce. Growing your own produce a.k.a. gardening, is a stress reliever. This is another way to build a healthier gut, reduce your stress. A good gut plan should consist of increasing your diversity in food and supplement choices, minimizing stress, and increasing probiotics and pre-biotics.
How can we make life easier for our gut? For starters you can slow down when you eat. Chewing your food at least 25-30 bites before you take another portion of food, I admit personally this one is quite difficult. I definitely need practice at chewing. I am guy who eats food really quickly, and that is not good. The reason why chewing is so important is because it allows our digestive enzymes access to all of the nutrients. If the food is too large for the intestines/digestion process then harmful bacteria will pray on it. Too large of food will cause discomfort like gas and bloating. Also not consuming too much gluten will help in the rebuilding of your gut.
What Happens when we eat gluten? Gluten triggers the body to release Zonulin; a natural protein that is released when bad bacteria are found in the body. From an evolutionary standpoint the release of Zonulin has assisted in our ability as human specie to stay alive and ward off illness brought on by pathogens. Although there is an issue that occurs when Zonulin is released. The gut becomes slightly leaky/open in return leaving our body susceptible for a moment. This vulnerability isn't bad as long as it doesn't occur too often. Seeing that our diets in America consist of heavy gluten, we can explain our recent health decline. Unsprouted/hybridized grains aren't on the only form of bad gluten. Gluten has bend found in many items including cheese slices and soy sauce. Again, check your labels!!
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Chew your Food,