21 Tips for Healing the Gut While Supporting the Brain
Healing the gut might seem like a daunting task. It actually is – especially with the vast amount of chemical-laden foods ingested today. It only makes the task harder! However, it is absolutely necessary IF you care about living a better quality of life!
It might be strange to consider that your gut has some control over your brain but lets think about that. We are taught to ‘trust your gut’ instinctively and we get ‘gut feelings’ about certain people when we meet them for the first time. We we’re faced with a situation that’s difficult to deal with, we’re told that it’s ‘gut check time’.
The Gut Brain Connection
In many ways, you’ve known all along that a connection existed, but never really thought about it. Turns out, that there is a distinct correlation
between the gut and the brain. If one is out of whack, then the other suffers and visa versa. That’s why it’s tremendously important to get a grip on the foods you put into your body. Its time to check your gut!
Your brain and your gut are connected by en intrinsic network of neurons – a super-highway of chemicals and hormones that constantly provide feedback to whether you’re stressed, or hungry, or even if you’ve ingested something that disagrees with your system. This is called the gut-brain axis. Its always sending or receiving information about what you’re experiencing at any given moment. That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you’ve viewed your credit card bill after a spending spree is a prime example of the brain-gut connection at work. You’re stressed – and your gut instantly knows it!
Why is the gut the only organ in your body that is dependent on the brain? Is it just to manage digestion? Or could it be that one job of our second brain is to listen in on the trillions of microbes residing in the gut? Recent research seems to think so!
There is an estimated 100 trillion flora microbes that live in the gut. Moment to moment, they are actively involved in various aspects of physiology that directly affect the brain’s function. These ‘bugs’ influence the brain’s long term health and resistance to disease.
Microbes within the body are collectively called the microbiome
. They regulate inflammation, immunity, the production of various vitamins and neurotransmitters like seratonin and dopamine, carbohydrate metabolism, and detoxification. So you see, they have very important jobs indeed!
In fact, the NIH (National Institute of Health) recently established a $140 million dollar project called the Humane Microbiome Project - in an endeavor to unlock their mysteries and how they relate to disease.
How Gut Bacteria Influences Disease
Recent evidence suggests that the brain is not only aware of changes in gut microbes, but that these bacteria influence perception and alter behavior. Brain disorders – such as autism, Alsheimers, MS, Parkinson’s, migraines, depression and general anxiety – set unique patterns of gut bacteria – that are often seen with specific diseases, according to recent research.
Dr. Max Nieuwdorp of Harvard has been dealing with the role of gut bacteria in regulating metabolism, particularly with Type II diabetes. He’s been able to successfully reverse many of the biomarkers associated with the disease by resetting the microbiome of diabetic patients. Roughly 250 patients went through a procedure called fecal microbial transplant (FMT), in which healthy lean individuals donated their stool – which was then inserted into the colon of the diabetic patients. FMT is a very unique way of healing the gut.
Over 150 US hospitals are presently using the FMT method to correct the imbalance in patients who suffer from Clostridium difficile. So far, it’s the most effective therapy developed for the condition.
With this understanding of how much your overall health is influenced by resident bacteria, it’s evident you should do everything you can to nurture gut microbiome and help them thrive.
Here are the important things you can do to rebuild your symbiotic bacterial friends and be well on your way to healing the gut.
21 Tips for Healing the Gut
Most antibiotics prescribed today cover a wide assortment of illnesses and are "broad-spectrum". This means they literally wipe out all kinds of bacteria, both good and bad.
Furthermore, there are numerous amounts of antibiotics found in the meat today, which should not be overlooked. Restrict antibiotic use and meat consumption, unless it's organic.
Fermented foods such as kimchee, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, and kombucha are rich, reliable sources of natural probiotics. Add them to your meals regularly!
Prebiotics promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. Chicory root, dandelion greens, onions, garlic, jicama (Mexican yam), and Jerusalem artichoke are rich sources.
Probiotics set the foundation for healing the gut. Find out the most beneficial strains here.
Sugar and refined carbohydrates are sheer trash - and should be heavily restricted because they favor an imbalance in gut bacteria - and are associated with inflammation and a risk for diabetes.
Genetically modified foods kill gut flora! Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® and in GMOS have been shown to induce significant negative changes in gut microbiome.
If you are an iPhone user, there is an app called ShopNoGMO, which is available for free in the iTunes store, and has a list of products safe to buy.
Aspartame is detrimental to the gut and leads to dramatic changes in the microbiome — even when compared to sugar.
Gluten enhances the permeability of the gut lining, (leaky gut) and allows inflammation-producing bacteria contents to enter systemic circulation.
Bad bacteria in your gut THRIVES on sugar, which is found in just about everything processed. Healing the gut will never happen unless you are willing to cut consumption dramatically. Honey is a natural sweetener and organic sugar is better than it's GMO counterpart.
Chromium and L-glutamine help reduce sugar cravings. L-glutamine has gut healing and anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Your digestive system needs sufficient amounts of water to move waste materials out of your body. Dehydration causes stagnation and promotes an environment for bad bacteria to fester and grow.
Cut out all preservatives and processed foods, which are chemical laden. If it's ready-to-eat or preps from a box, leave it on the shelf. Don't waste your money on foods that aren't natural.
Cook your own food! Do not rely on BIG AGRI to take care of your health. They're interested at making money and don't give a rats butt about whether their food makes you sick. Watch the Food Network and find out how easy cooking really is.
Commercial grains are synonymous with sugar. Decrease your reliance on grains if you're serious about healing the gut. Anything that’s converted to glucose in the body is difficult to digest and blocks nutrient absorption.
We've all been told for years that we need to eat more fiber. Yet beans, grains, and raw vegetables enhance and promote bad bacteria.
If you're serious about healing the gut, vegetables should cooked so that your gut doesn’t have to do the work of breaking down plant fibers.
Coconut oil is a good source of fat that’s easily converted into energy! Plus it tastes yummy!
If your gut is completed overloaded, you’ve probably lost the ability to digest your foods. Supplementing with digestive enzymes can give your gut the support it needs.
REAL gelatin assists in healing the gut and facilitates nutrient absorption. Best sources are homemade bone broth and jello.
Additional supplements with gut-healing properties include quercitin, aloe vera, licorice root, turmeric and curcumin, and omega 3 fats.
It may also be useful to consider how good bacteria are actually formed. The appendix may have a purpose after all! Read this.
There is no doubt that healing the gut will take some time, especially since American's especially have been so complacent about food for so long. Do not think for one moment that you don't have a choice! You do! For your health and well being, SAY NO to BIG FOOD (they will get the idea!) and go back to natural and fresh!
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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