Our gut is the body’s second brain. It controls most of our body’s major systems and is responsible for ensuring that each and every part of our body gets the nutrients it needs to perform their jobs well.
Believe it or not, our bodies are made up of trillions and trillions of bacteria that reside and live on in our bodies. They survive the harshest conditions and can be found almost everywhere. Normally, a balance of 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria makes up for a healthy body.
Bad bacteria come from everywhere. Our bodies contract them through the food we eat, the environmental toxins we are exposed to and the stresses we have to put up with everyday of our lives. The bacteria that resides in our guts break down and absorb all the nutrients from the food we eat. They are essential to our survival.
Examples of good bacteria are Lactobacilli, Bifidobacterium and Caulobacter. Bad bacteria include Salmonella, Clostridium and E.coli. If you ever happen to experience food poisoning, that is a sure sign that the bad bacteria had taken over your gut.
A leaky gut syndrome happens when the lining of your intestinal walls become too thin because the good bacteria is unable to effectively guard the walls due to the increase in the bad bacteria in your gut. This results in numerous toxic substances permeating directly through the bloodstream and causes major illnesses and diseases.
A leaky gut results in our body systems going haywire. The normal processes become disrupted and a war between good and bad bacteria ensues. If this condition is ignored, the battle to keep our systems from functioning normally carries on until ultimately, we suffer from all the diseases and illnesses brought about by the war that happens inside of us.
Food is medicine. It can help us maintain a healthy balance between the good and bad bacteria. The kind of food you choose to eat determines your overall health and well-being. By constantly being mindful of what you eat, you could be able to heal and repair a leaky gut that will keep you from getting sick.
Here are the best foods that you can choose to eat in order to achieve that.
1. Bone broth
Do you find yourself craving for a bowl of soup whenever you are sick? This might be the body telling you exactly what it needs. Soup made from bone broth would be the perfect choice to satisfy your soup craving.
Bones are rich sources of nutrients that help improve nutritional deficiencies. They contain collagen that nourish your gut’s lining when it gets broken down into gelatin. It supports the mucus in your gut that will help protect your intestinal wall by preventing inflammation.
There are many other health benefits of having bone broth as part of your regular diet. Apart from healing your gut, bone broth is also good for your joints, helps provide healthy hair and nails, calms your nerves, and inhibits viruses.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the healthiest superfoods in the planet. It contains medium chain triglycerides that reduce inflammation and heal the lining in your gut. Lauric acid is the active ingredient in coconut oil, the same thing found in high quantities in mother’s milk.
Lauric acid is a powerful antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory agent that kills bad bacteria and yeast. Use coconut oil whenever you can in salads, shakes or smoothies. You can also try adding some coconut oil and cinnamon to your coffee.
Coconut oil is also good as a skin moisturizer. Using it as such improves your skin microbiome and it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream resulting in a positive effect on your physiology.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar or ACV is a natural antimicrobial. It kills off bad bacteria associated with acid reflux and stomach ulcers. ACV helps you digest food more efficiently. It reduces stress on your digestive system by improving the production and flow of digestive juices such as pancreatic enzymes, stomach acids and bile.
Choose organic, raw or unfiltered ACV, preferably with the “mother” intact. ACV contains probiotics, enzymes, magnesium, potassium, acetic acids and polyphenols. Apart from helping repair a leaky gut, ACV helps lower blood pressure, decrease stress and aids weight loss.
Use it on salads, in soups and stews or better, as a morning primer by mixing in 1 tbsp of ACV with water. That would be enough to get you through your day.
Peppermint is considered to be a carminative herb. Carminative herbs help tone the mucus and increase peristalsis or the muscle contractions in your gut that results in the gentle movement of food through your digestive system.
It helps in the expulsion of gas and prevents flatulence, bloating, acid reflux and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Its active ingredient, menthol acts as a muscle relaxant that helps get rid of your body waste by tightening and relaxing the muscles in your gut. Try to drink a cup of peppermint tea after a meal for better food digestion.
5. Fermented food
Live bioactive enzymes, organic acids and microorganisms contained in fermented foods aid in the maintenance and repair of our guts. They help improve digestive functions by producing healthy stomach acids and enzymes necessary for optimal digestion. Fermented food help increase the growth of good bacteria.
Every culture has their own unique version of popular fermented food. Load up on fermented foods by eating as much kimchi, pickles, yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh, natto or miso.
Fermented foods not only improve digestion. They also help in the effective absorption of nutrients and restore the body’s levels of good bacteria.
Today’s diets contain high amounts of sugar, fats and calories that disrupt our body’s normal functions. A lot of people lead sedentary lives brought on by advancements in technology where people become inactively content just sitting on the couch or laying in bed watching TV or getting busy with their mobile devices.
It’s about time you take control of your health. Leading active and meaningful lives with the best of health and well-being should be at the top of our priorities. It all starts with the food we eat. Choose well and wisely.
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