Health Tip#16

health-tip-16

Nothing is more important for your health than the state of your gut microbiome.  Did you know that we are made up more of living microorganisms including bacteria, than we are made of cells?

Our digestive tract is basically a tube that runs from our mouth at the top of our digestive tract to our anus at the bottom.  In our intestines or gut portion of our tube is  a world of organisms called our gut microbiome.  The gut is populated with friendly or beneficial microorganisms that are part of  our immune system, help us break down foods, and even produce needed nutrients for us. The state of our gut micobiome even affects our mental health.

We also have microorganisms in our gut that can wreak havoc on our health if they become too out of balance.  Our modern diets of processed, sugary foods laden with pesticide residues and antibiotics upset the healthy balance our gut microbiome.    Stress also destroys this balance.  Did you know that in certain cases, we can’t even lose weight no matter how much we diet and exercise if our gut microbiome is out of balance?  In short, we can not be in optimal health if our gut microbiome is out of balance.

It is therefore important to re-establish a healthy gut microbiome balance.  One way of doing this is by adding in probiotic rich foods.  Some of these foods might include: old-fashioned, lacto-fermented foods such as sauerkraut, lacto-fermented pickles and cultured dairy such as homemade (unsweetened) yoghurt and kefir.

See my article, I Found A Solution, to read more about my personal experience with finding a solution to GERD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disorder) with probiotic foods.

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