10 week Gut Health Series: Part 3
Click here for Part 1- What is the Gut Microbiome?
A healthy human body has microorganisms inhabiting every nook and cranny on the body. It is in our gut, the gastrointestinal tract, that we can find the largest collection of microorganisms.
These microorganisms are a community and as such make up our gut microbiota. Combine the microbiota, the products it makes, and the entire environment it lives within and we have a microbiome. The human microbiome (all of our microbes’ genes) can be considered a counterpart to the human genome (all of our genes).
Every human being has a gut microbiota (community of bacteria) that is unique. People who are sick may have too little or too much of a certain type of gut bacteria, or they may lack a variety of bacteria. This means you can affect the balance of your gut bacteria and it can be done through diet.
Knowing that diet is important is one thing, consciously eating foods that support good gut health is even more important. And, it’s not as difficult as you might think. Chances are good that you know that refined sugar is bad for your health, in a number of ways. Well, it’s also bad for your gut health.
There are good and bad types of gut bacteria that need your attention: Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, and they feed on prebiotics, which are plant-based fibers from whole foods like apples, onions, garlic, bananas, and oats. The bad gut bacteria love to eat sugar. When you eat refined sugar, these bad gut bacteria thrive and grow out of control, outworking the good bacteria. And the results are diseases and disorders like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
Then there is gluten. Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, spelt and barley, with wheat being the most common grain consumed. Researchers say the presence of certain gut bacteria may contribute to the development of celiac disease. Celiac disease is an immune disease in which a person is intolerant to gluten.
There has been some research suggesting that the increase in celiac disease (and other disruptions of the gut microbiome) can be connected to the use of chemical pesticides including glyphosate (a oral antibiotic that is the active ingredient in Roundup). Fortunately, there is one product that has been third party certified to be glyphosate free- Biome Medic by Purium. Not only that:
1. It REMOVES the toxic chemical glyphosate from your microbiome
2. It SUPPORTS the “good” bacteria to boost your immunity
3, It REBUILDS the gut villi for better nutrient absorption, digestion and weight loss
To learn more about healing your body from the inside out go to the Regenerate Your Health website educational resources (start with this video). For more information about the benefits of Biome Medic click here. You can order Biome Medic through my link. Purium also offers a variety of certified organic, whole food , superfood nutrition choices that are kosher, gluten-free and contain pre-biotics and probiotics.
Fermented goods can also help provide balance to your gut bacteria. Foods like pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso soup, apple cider vinegar, and dark chocolate feed the good gut bacteria. Add these to your diet, while removing refined sugars, reducing gluten , and adding more organic whole food nutrition and you will be on your way to a healthy, happy balance of gut bacteria.
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Next week: Part 4: Let’s Talk About Probiotics
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