barrier to the outside word that selectively allows
penetration of essential nutrients, vitamins, etc… that
we need to survive and thrive. Many hormones are
secreted by the gut and interestingly these hormones
can have both peripheral and central effects.
vaginal population change in order to expose the baby
to as many good bacteria as possible – this is evidenced
by lower numbers of good bacteria in the guts of children
from c-section birth.
bacteria and this population of bacteria is around 10 times
these bacteria might be able to stimulate us to do what they want
(i.e. Food cravings/choices like carbohydrate cravings or PICA).
- Eliminate exposure to toxic substances in food. Substances to try to avoid:
- Cereal grains (especially refined flour)
- Omega-6 industrial seed oils (corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean, etc.)
- Sugar (especially high-fructose corn syrup)
- Processed soy (soy milk, soy protein, soy flour, etc.)
- FODMAPs intolerance – Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols – these are short-chain carbohydrates that are incompletely absorbed in the gut & can be easily fermented by Gut bacteria – the fermentation & osmosis caused by these undigested sugars cause major IBS symptoms such as gas, pain & diarrhea.
- Use Fermented foods including Sauerkraut, Kimchi & Kefir, etc…
- Use high-quality, mutli-species probiotic supplement after antibiotic use.
- Manage your stress – Lots of research links gut health with emotional health & well-being!
There’s so much more that could be discussed, but I’ll leave that to the experts. If you’re interested in having a full assessment done on the state of your gut health, track down a good functional medicine doctor in your area who can help you handle this. Two sites that can help you are the Paleo physicians network & Primal Docs.
Until next time, make sure you’re taking care of your gut & the Trillions of bacteria in it, and in turn, they will take care of you!