We are a walking colony of bacteria! Did you know that there are 10 times more bacteria cells in your body than human cells?
My interest is in the bacteria that live in our gut and the effect that it has on our lives. Hopefully the good outnumber the bad but we all need a little bit of bad in us.
Chemical, Emotional and Physical Factors can cause an Imbalance of Bacteria.
- High-Intensity exercise.
- Chemicals and certain medications.
- A germ-free environment that obliterates bad bacteria. We need some of the bad bunch to keep a balance.
- Pollution and radiation.
- Refined sugar and alcohol. Even a diet high in natural sugars can feed the bad guys. Think of Candida overgrowth.
- Over-eating. Food sits in the gut for long periods of time and leads to putrefaction.
- Poor food combining such as excessive animal protein consumption.
Health Issues Resulting from an Imbalance
- Inability to build muscle
- Mental Illness
- Brain fog
- Cancer, Arthritis
- Auto-immune conditions
Good Bacteria Maintain Good Health and Happiness
- Protects the body from oxidative stress and has free radical scavenging properties.
- The gastrointestinal tract, liver and kidneys are responsible for elimination and rely on good bacteria to function optimally, by eliminating waste from the body. If this system does not work efficiently, then additional fat cells are produced to help protect the body from toxins. Yip, you get fat!
- The gut and brain are connected via the vagus nerve. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter produced by good bacteria in the gut, creates a happy mood.
- Healthy skin, hair, nails, muscle, joints, connective tissue and bones are kept strong and healthy with good gut bacteria
- The absorption of vitamins, minerals and nutrients are increased. Less food is required to meet your nutritional requirements. Hunger decreases. Hence you maintain a healthy weight.
So, what keeps these Little Critters Happy and Breeding Prolifically?
We can build and maintain a good bacteria colony by munching on the huge array of cultured and fermented foods that are out there and by the way, have been around for thousands of years. They are pre and probiotic rich which is exactly what good bacteria thrive on.
These foods are by no means a cure-all and one cannot expect a spoon full of kimchi a day to keep the doctor away.
Remove, Repair, Restore
- Remove the cause – stress and an unhealthy diet.
- Repair – by making lifestyle changes
- Restore – with a good eating plan rich in pre and probiotics. In other words, Cultured and Fermented Foods.
Remember, optimum health is about a lifestyle. Make the necessary changes and reap the rewards.