When I gave birth to twins twelve weeks before their due date, I knew our lives would change. Their first year of recovery was intense. We wore gloves and masks and kept things as sterile as we could. Holistic health & nutrition became a way of survival for me and my family. I quickly realized everything I consumed would affect their compromised immune systems & digestive health.
There are 100 trillion microorganisms in our digestive system. Can you even comprehend that number? Our gut contains ten times more bacteria than what make up all the human cells in our whole body. Your gut flora regulates your gastrointestinal function & metabolism, as well as provide protection from infection. The lining of our gut is covered in fingerlike villi. Their purpose is to increase the surface area of your intestine, because more surface area equals more nutrient absorption. They act like little tentacles that trap the nutrients, but they also trap the bad bacteria and toxins. Over time this prevents any nutrients from being absorbed.
Here’s a list of the top 5 leading causes of an unhealthy gut flora:
Foods high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
Antibiotics, steroids, & NSAID’s
Poor gut flora sometimes manifests itself as digestive discomfort. But for the most part, it shows up as brain fog, skin conditions, depression, headaches, weight gain, mood swings, allergies, asthma and other autoimmune issues. Whenever your belly bacteria is out of whack, your whole body is off balance. To properly care for these conditions, it’s crucial to rebuild a healthy gut flora and restore the integrity of your intestinal barrier.
I think the Greek scientist Hippocrates said it best when he said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Our body relies heavily on the nutrients in our foods to help break down larger molecules into more easily absorbed particles that the body can use to survive. Sadly, a lot of the foods being consumed today don’t contain survivable levels of digestive or food nutrient enzymes. So what now?
Here is how to help our gut flora & heal our body:
Go to bed.
Manage your stress.
Eat nutrient dense whole foods packed with digestive enzymes.
Treat any intestinal pathogens.
Rid your body of toxins.
Take a high quality probiotic formula.
Absolutely fuel your body with food nutrient supplements & antioxidants.
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