Healthy Gut, Means a Healthy and Happy Life

Healthy Gut

Healthy Gut

We often concern ourselves with ridding the body of bad bacteria, and foreign invaders, but did you know that trillions of healthy bacteria (called intestinal flora) live in your gut and one of their primary jobs is to keep you healthy and disease-free.

 

In fact, the gut is often called the second brain and is an important part of what is known as the enteric nervous system. Our guts are lined with an entire set of neurotransmitting cells and special proteins that tell the body what we are eating and how to prepare to best utilize it or get rid of it. Furthermore, our guts produces up to 95% of our seratonin – the feel good hormone that makes us feel satisfied and happy. Without a healthy gut, you can feel downright miserable, quite literally.

 

Digestion: Key to a Healthy Gut

 

Furthermore, the way you digest a meal is more important than you might think. As food moves from the mouth to the stomach to the intestines, the wall of the gut separates the needed items from your food – like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fats and proteins, and leaves behind the toxins and unwanted items to be excreted from the body. When our gut flora is not balanced, the intestinal walls can become permeable and allow toxins to pass into the bloodstream.

 

Here are some ways you can keep your gut healthy so it can keep you healthy and happy.

 

  • Avoid or minimize alcohol and caffeine since they can disrupt our intestinal flora, or the good bacteria that keeps unwanted bacteria and viruses at bay.

 

  • Our gut flora is said to comprise about 80% of our immunity. Eating foods that are fermented, like yogurt and kefir or drinking kombucha is excellent to support the healthy flora of your gut. Sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, and crème fraiche are also excellent ways to boost good bacteria. To attain Super Immunity, you must have a super gut!

 

  • Drink organic apple cider vinegar with a little purified water and lemon to jump start your digestive system.  ACV has been known to be very helpful in protecting our gut health.

 

  • Use probiotics to help protect the liver – they help by preventing the production and/or uptake of lipopolysaccharides in the gut, and therefore reduce levels of low-grade inflammation, which can lead to disease. Probiotics are millions of tiny microbial organisms that can be found in food and dairy supplements which when ingested help support the diminished presence of unwanted bacteria. Examples are both bacterial and yeast-derived. Bifidobacteria, Lactobacilus and nutritional yeast are excellent probiotics. Check out this article on WebMD, titled, 5 things you should know about probiotic products, to learn more.

 

  • Cleanse the body with foods that help support the liver. When the liver is taxed it doesn’t support the removal of toxins and they can get stuck in the intestines and then delivered to the bloodstream.

 

  • Eat fewer refined sugars, processed foods and carbohydrates. Eating too much of these foods can cause an inflamed gut.

 

  • Reduce the use of antibiotics and use natural herbs and foods instead. Antibiotics wipe out all the good bacteria in the body.

 

Everyone’s intestinal flora is a bit different. There are some studies which link the type of gut flora we have with how we were birthed. Scientists have noticed a different composition of gut bacteria develops depending on if a baby is born vaginally or through a C-section. No matter how you were born, taking proactive steps to keep your gut working smoothly is your first line of defense against disease and more vibrant health.

About Christina Sarich

Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa and Yogananda into her writings. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.

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