Your gut bacteria is imperative for your health! This is also called your microbiome.
This human microbiome of bacteria is very complex and scientists are learning more everyday about the importance of these microbes that live in our bodies! And there are actually over 100 trillion of them, considered good and bad, that live inside your digestive system.
Research is showing the importance of a healthy microbiome is the KEY that unlocks a healthy, long life! WHAT?
These studies show decreased risk of diabetes and insulin resistance, and positive effects on cardiovascular disease, immune health, inflammation, high cholesterol, some cancers, gut issues, chronic fatigue syndrome and so much more!
Intrigued? I hope so!
Let's take a look at this....The human gut, also called the gut brain or second brain, is amazing. It actually has its own nervous system, with an intricate network of 100 million neurons that are imbedded in your gut wall. The brain can have a powerful influence on your gut bacteria as studies have even shown that even mild stress of any kind can tip the microbial balance in the gut and make you more vulnerable to infectious disease and can trigger a cascade of reactions that feed back to the central nervous system.
New research is showing that some of those mental disorders such as anxiety and depression appear to involve abnormal gut microbiota as well. It's no wonder that quite a few people are experiencing this anxiety and depression these days since as I mentioned above, any amount of stress can tip that balance in the microbiome!
The gut bacteria do this by producing hundreds of neurochemicals that the brain can then use to regulate regular processes physically as well as mentally, such as learning, mood and memory. It's amazing that your gut bacteria can manufacture 95% of your body's feel good serotonin, which can positively affect your mood as well!
These gut bacteria help you with your metabolism and digestion. They also help extract and make vitamins and other nutrients from the food you do ingest. They build and maintain your gut wall which can then protect your body from outside invaders, as well as program your amazing immune system, as it's been said that 80% of your immune system is in your gut!
So makes sense we need some good balanced bacteria working for us in the gut!
Prebiotics are things that feed the good bacteria in our gut, such as from fiber from plant foods, then combined with what we know as probiotics, which are living bacteria that benefit us, then they produce something called postbiotics or also called short chain fatty acids (SCFAS) and that's where quite a bit of magic happens.
So....what do we do to get all that working harmoniously and what do we need?
Let me share more with you...
The largest microbiome study to date called the American Gut Project was a research project designed to determine how many types of bacteria live in our bodies and just how our diet and lifestyle can really affect those little microbes.
Of course, they found that a very diverse plant based diet can make for a bacterially diverse gut (microbiome) that helps produce a more resilient microbial community so your overall health can be better protected.
They found that those who consumed more than 30 different types of plants each week had a much more diverse microbiome than those who consumed only 10 or fewer types of plants weekly.
It seems our microbial diversity has decreased through reduce food variety, eating highly processed foods, moving to cities where there isn't any dirt to us to play in, and overuse of antibiotics. Thus the decrease in microbial activity has significantly weakened our immune systems, led to more cardiovascular disease due to higher intake of animal products and a lower intake of plants (higher concentrations of a molecule called TMAO, or trimethylamine N-oxide), led to increased insulin resistance and diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, inflammation and so many more associated health challenges that many experience.
So the richness or total number of bacterial species in your gut microbiome, and diversity meaning the amount of individual bacteria from each of the bacterial species present in your gut microbiome, really mean you have a more capable and resilient community of bacteria to assist you in staying healthy!
It's all the different fibers that comes with all those plants that create the magic!
So, I hear you! Do you get gassy, bloated and uncomfortable when eating things like beans, broccoli, raw veggies and other plant foods?
Well, that's the good news actually! Start low and slow with plant foods but don't give up! Why?! The reason you are even having these symptoms means that your gut possibly has been damaged and the bacteria in it are missing the enzymes necessary to process those carbohydrates and fiber contained in them!
The gut is like a muscle and you can heal it! Adding more fiber rich foods will help with the capacity to digest them over time because those enzymes will increase over time.
I also have a supplement that is made of short chain fatty acids to speed up the process and this might help you feel better pretty quickly and get that microbiome back on track with healthier bacteria!
I also suggest increasing your plant foods, and maybe even supplementing with a food concentrate to increase the variety and amount daily! I've been taking the Juice Plus whole food concentrate for over 21 years and I get nutrients from 30+ plant foods daily just in those capsules, as well as consuming many of them from my vertical tower gardens, a CSA box of fruits/veggies and other plants grown in our own backyard. You can do this as well so let me know if I can assist you!
Your microbiome can really change in about three days, and once more diverse and healthy, it can assist in making alot of your own nutrients, as well as help with the natural detoxification process and system you have in your body as well.
If you have what we call intestinal permeability or leaky gut, those short chain fatty acids will help assist in healing and also preventing this health challenge as well!
If you seem to react to different foods and the list of reactive foods keeps getting longer, this is also a healing solution for your health as well!
And don't forget about movement and exercise - That also assists in forming a healthier gut!
So overall, eating a diversity of plants = getting a variety of different types of fiber into the diet = increased growth of healthy bacteria species = a healthy microbiome = increased production of short chain fatty acids = Better overall health!
Challenge yourself to eat 30 different plant foods in 7 days!
Let me assist you in making it happen!
I'll be starting a challenge such as this with plant based meal prep/batch cooking class and a support group through Facebook and more!
Come join me to learn more and let's make it happen!
Elaine Bryan 760-845-9459 firstname.lastname@example.org