Heal your gut first. Fertilize it.
Did you know that the human body is only about 10% human cells and the rest is made up of about 40 trillion bacteria along with a variety of fungi, viruses, and parasites? Don't worry, you need them, they're supposed to be there and the health of these amazingly collaborative species is essential to your health. Most are located in your gut, some on your skin. These microorganisms are known as your microbiome and gut flora and they play a huge role in your health. Keeping your digestive system healthy:
Creates a barrier that unhealthy microorganisms have a hard time penetrating. This is part of your immune system.
Improves weight management
Boosts your energy and mood
Can help prevent Asthma, Diabetes, IBS, Arthritis, Alzheimer's, Autism, Has an effect on your Mental Health and so much more
Processed foods not only contain fewer nutrients, they’re loaded with preservatives. Preservatives are designed to kill the microorganisms that spoil food. They also kill the microorganisms in your gut. Diets high in sugar encourage yeast/fungus to overgrow and throw off the healthy balance of the microbes in your gut. These fungi actually send signals to your brain telling you to eat more sugar. How about that for freaky. Got a sweet tooth? Could be you've got an overgrowth of yeast in your gut. This is why you need to add gut-friendly foods to your diet. They make a huge difference in the way you look and feel.
Prebiotics are what your healthy gut bacteria feed on. Feed them. When your gut is fertilized with prebiotic foods, it is more able to absorb nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Research shows that prebiotic intake is linked to positive effects on the heart and brain, as well as blood sugar, stress levels, hormones, and cholesterol levels. Foods like bananas, pumpkin seeds, garlic, onion, leeks, barley, cocoa, flax, jicama, and oats are considered prebiotics.
In addition to those foods listed above, green leafy vegetables are also prebiotic, containing a lot of the nutrients and fiber your body needs. They are necessary for the formation of butyrate, acetate, and propionat butyrate, which can improve your gut immunity, reduce inflammation, and help prevent colon cancer.
Butyrate is the main fuel source for the cells lining your intestinal tract. These cells, when healthy are the barrier that keeps illness-causing microorganisms from entering your bloodstream. It is common to see butyrate deficiency in patients with compromised intestinal mucosa. Inflammatory bowel diseases are also associated with a deficiency in the metabolism of butyrate. To reduce the likelihood of developing a deficiency, make sure your diet includes plenty of kale, microgreens, collard greens, and spinach.
The majority of people do not eat enough fiber every day. Soluble and insoluble fibers are essential for your health, insoluble fiber may provide the most benefit for your gut. It assists in moving things through your digestive system and has a cleansing effect on your intestinal tract. Other benefits include:
Reducing inflammation in the body
Boosting your immune system
Not only is fruit an important source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but certain varieties do a great job of fertilizing your gut. They include but are not limited to:
Remember that old saying, "An apple a day..." Yes, your mother had it right. Ancient cultures always revered their elders for their accumulated wisdom. There are some things you only learn through experience. Age has its advantages.
Probiotics are microorganisms grown in food during the fermentation process. Prior to the refrigerator, fermentation was how we preserve food. Once refrigeration took over, many of us stopped eating these essential foods. Fermented foods help replenish the good microorganisms that are supposed to be growing in your gut. Some of the most common Probiotics are Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, and Saccharomyces boulardii, which is a yeast.
Fermentation is a natural process that converts milk into yogurt and cheese, cabbage into sauerkraut or kimchi. Bacteria or yeast (or a combination of both) is added to beverages or foods to help kick-start the fermentation process. Certain dairy products, such as aged cheeses, kefir, uncultured buttermilk, and yogurt, are excellent sources of probiotics.
Here are some other fermented foods:
Olives that have been cured in water or brine
You can make your own probiotics but if you buy them in the store, it's best to find Organic sources. (Remember, pesticides kill microorganisms.)
It's best to add a small amount of a variety of probiotics to your diet daily. A well-balanced microbiome consists of many different bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites. They compete for space in the gut, keeping each other in check, controlling overgrowth, and preventing infectious microorganisms from setting up shop and entering our blood. Moderation applies here. Kombucha in particular is very acidic. Just don't overdo it.
You can take supplements but I recommend fermented food because the prebiotics are "alive", not in a state of suspended animation, so they're more bioavailable than a pill.
If you have a lot of food allergies (probably related to your gut health) and you prefer not to consume fermented foods, you can take a probiotic supplement. Of note, when milk products are fermented they do not contain or contain very little Lactose, so you can drink/eat them even when lactose intolerant. Other Killers of your Microbiome Finding ways to reduce stress helps maintain your gut microbiome. Walking, exercise, meditation can help. Alcohol also kills a lot of the micro-collaborators in your gut. I always picture the field surgeon, pouring alcohol over a wound to disinfect it. Too much alcohol does the same in your gut. Avoid GMOs. Genetically modified plants have been designed to survive herbicides/weed killers (usually roundup). Entire fields of crops are now regularly sprayed with herbicides. The weeds are killed but the crops survive. Herbicides remain on the crops and we consume them. Some plants have been Modified to excrete pesticides, which we also eat. There is evidence that the combination of these two modifications is particularly toxic and damaging to our gut microbiome.
Herbal Support For Leaky Gut
The following remedies by Spiral Herbal Remedies are all Organic and help heal a leaky gut.
Reishi: Used in China and Japan for thousands of years, Reishi is known as the “mushroom of immortality”. Our Reishi Maintain contains two different Reishi Mushrooms and Chaga. Both contain anti-inflammatories that help calm intestinal inflammation.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom: A known antioxidant, Lion's Mane helps to cool the inflammatory response. You can find it in our Nerve Blend, which also contains properties that help regenerate damaged nerves.
Turkey Tail Mushroom: Containing important prebiotics that balance the microbiome and control Candida overgrowth, our Turkey Tail Blend is another remarkable remedy for healing the gut.