How To Eat Safely For Your Gut Bacteria
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
You, my friend, are a trillionaire.
Did you know that you have TRILLIONS of beneficial bacteria throughout your body that directly affect your health and well being?
These bacteria outnumber your human cells 10 to 1 – wow!
They live in what is called your “microbiome” and love to feast on their favorite foods. Every time you eat something, it affects the environment in your gut. If you feed the bacteria what they love, they will reward you with great health.
However, the opposite is ALSO true. Feed them “bad” things and bad health will ensue.
Let’s take a quite look at WHAT exactly your microbiome is:
- A colony of the bacteria in your body
- These bacteria can positively influence your mood, immune function, body weight and blood sugar
- Good bacteria grow rapidly when:
- You are born vaginally
- Are breastfed
- Live in a natural environment
- Refrain from antibiotics
- Eat a diet full of plants and fiber
- 100 trillion single-cell organisms that live in your gut:
- Boost your ability to process fiber and nutrients
- Make your body less susceptible to pathogens
While the standard American diet and lifestyle does very little to nurture a healthy microbiome, there are positive choices that you can make today that can enhance the state of your microbiome.
Here is what you can do to start taking care of your microbiome now:
|Take A Probiotic
- Helps offset the damage of modern life
- Promote a healthy balance in your gut
- What to look for:
- Contains Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains
- At least 1 million live bacteria
|Eat Fermented Foods
- Provides beneficial bacteria
- What to eat:
- Live sauerkraut
- Miso soup (fermented soybean paste)
- Yogurt and kefir (organic and raw)
|Eat Probiotic Foods
- Prebiotic foods are plants
- High fiber plants are the preferred food of your beneficial bacteria
- What to eat:
- Brussels sprouts
- Chicory root
- Jerusalem artichoke
- Note: may cause gas and bloating at first if you are not used to eating them. Chew these foods thoroughly.
- Should be avoided unless truly medically necessary
- Take a high-potency probiotic during and after taking antibiotics
- Hidden sources of antibiotics and antimicrobials:
- Treated kitchen supplies and toys
- Meat and dairy products from factory farms
- What to do: choose naturally raised meat and animals products. Regular soap is effective for hand and dish washing.
|Other Herbs & Foods To Add
- To encourage beneficial bacteria while fighting pathogens, use:
- Green tea
- Rose petals
- Ginger root
- The following are also helpful for your gut bacteria:
- Polyphenol-rich chocolate
Start today by increasing the amount of probiotics and then gradually increase the amount of prebiotics you consume daily (vegetables).
By taking care of the bacteria in your microbiome, these trillions of cells are the starting point for making you feel like a million bucks! Start giving some of these tips a try and let us know how it goes!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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