Saturday, March 24, 2018

Gut Bomb!

Change your gut, change your life.
Did you know we have about ten trillion cells in our bodies.  But our microbiome, which consists of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live in and on our bodies, outnumber those cells by ten times!  Almost 100 trillion cells.  The bacteria that live in our "gut" breaks down our food so that the body can access the nutrients it needs.  But the microbes don't do it because they love us and want us to be healthy.  They are pretty selfish, it's how they survive also.  There are over five hundred different species of microbes living in our guts.  Each has its own agenda, specific function and nutritional needs.  Our gut flora makeup is directly influenced by our dietary choices.  These microbes actually influence our brains and suggest what we crave in our food choices!  We decide which microbes to feed or starve and by doing so we create the ecosystem for them. The decisions we make alter everything about us, from health, emotion and disease.  If we eat healthy, fiber rich nutrient dense foods, the microbes that thrive on them will be strong.  If we feed ourselves sugary, processed foods then those microbes will flourish and dominate our digestive system.  Which in turns creates weak immune systems and opens the door for disease. Remember the 2004 documentary called "Super Size Me" by Morgan Spurlock?  It showed how strengthening the "bad" microbes by diet change his overall health very quickly.  I did a 5-part series on  Gut Heath a few years ago which might be helpful in learning more about our digestive health. It talks about both probiotics and prebiotics that are needed for a strong healthy digestive system. 
One of the most common foods known by all for probiotics is yogurt.  But if you are consuming a plant-based diet you know that yogurt is dairy.  "Milk Doesn't Do A Body Good"  There are many foods that are rich in probiotics such as sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, etc.  Kris and I came across a product called "Coconut Cult", it is an awesome coconut yogurt that one serving contains 25 BILLION of 15 different strains of probiotics and 1 gram of sugar.  I take one spoonful in the morning and Kris puts a spoonful on her fresh fruit and nut bowl.  You can buy it online or if your lucky at a nearby health food store.  Check their website for availability.  The closest store to us was in Palm Beach Gardens (180 miles south) at Nutrition Smart.  I have been working in that area for the past several weeks and they held a jar for me until I was able to pick it up(it flies off the selves)  Shout out to Joseph, Thank you! 
A healthy gut is the most important part of living a healthy life.

Have a great week.
Be kind.

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