15 Apr An Army Of Tiny Critters Working For You
In our last post we discussed pushing “rest and reset” for our busy overworked digestive tract using raw fruits, veggies, fresh juices, and teas for gentle cleansing. Our processed food diets are causing disease which all begins in our digestive tract, but we can take control to reverse it.
Something so vital is happening in your GI tract…tiny creatures at work helping you to break down, digest and assimilate your food, eradicate disease and heal your gut.
In the mountains of Bulgaria are a people living longer than most in the entire earth…what’s their secret? When we examine their diets we see keys missing in our own. Plenty of vegetables, plenty of cultured foods in the form of raw dairy yoghurt and curds, good fats, grass-fed meat, and sour dough breads made from ancient grains.
Until recently the diets of many cultures contained strains of bacteria that we now call “probiotics” and every culture had their own form of fermented, or cultured foods. Lack of refrigeration was one precursor to this necessity. Modern day refrigeration no longer dictates that we preserve foods by fermenting, but have we lost a major key in healing and longevity along the way?
This army of tiny bacteria “critters” living in your GI tract actually outnumber your cells! And they are just waiting to serve you; but you must feed them just as you feed yourself.
The microbes in your bodies, specifically your digestive tract, are collectively called your microbiome. We’ll discuss this in the future in greater detail.
Modern factors cause a destruction and a degrading of our microbiome, and require effort on our part to rebuild it. These factors include:
- Antibiotics (wipes out good bacteria)
- GMO & Processed foods
- Prescription drugs
Experts are saying that everyone in the United States has a varying degree of gut dysfunction due to a partially destroyed microbiome! If you’ve recently taken prescription antibiotics, you must take action. What should we do?
INCORPORATE FERMENTED FOODS AND DRINKS INTO YOUR DIET
Every day eat some quality form of fermented food or drinks:
- Raw, cultured dairy foods such as yoghurt, kefir, curds
- Raw apple cider vinegar in drinks, stews, soups, hot teas
- Coconut water kefir,
- Kombucha (fermented tea)
- Fermented veggies such as raw sauerkraut, beet kvass, natto, soybean curd,
- Wine, (in small amounts)
- Raw cheese, raw butter
The beneficial bacteria in these foods are potent detoxifiers. They repopulate good bacteria, heal and seal gut, and help healthy digestion.
You don’t need to consume huge amounts either; eat ¼ to ½ cup of fermented vegetables, or cultured food such as raw yoghurt, per day. The greater the variety of fermented and cultured foods you include in your diet, the better, as each food will inoculate your gut with a variety of different microorganisms.
Questions? Call your wellness counselor to discuss fermented foods and probiotics!
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