Some Final Thoughts on Gut Bacteria and Your Health

By on 06/10/2015

If you’ve been reading along then you’ve surly noticed that I cannot shut up about gut bacteria. I’d say sorry, but I’m not. This is critical information we all need to know!

I’ll admit that what was supposed to be a single blog entry ended up turning into my first ever “blog series” (I guess we can call it that?).

First, I wrote all about the breakthrough discovery that our gut bacteria and mental health have a serious link: New Scientific Discovery: Probiotics and Prebiotics May Hold the Key to Curing Neuropsychological Disorders

Then, I just couldn’t stop myself and wrote about nanoparticles and their negative effects on gut health: More About Your Gut: Are Nanoparticles Destroying it?

In case you didn’t read those previous blogs, here are some short recap notes:
  •  Multiple recent studies now confirm that there is a direct link between gut health and brain/mental health. This link has been named the “Gut-brain Axis.”
  • Having healthy gut flora (bacterial colonies) increases physical health and immunities as well as mental and emotional health. By altering those colonies and introducing destructive bacteria, scientists can actually alter a persons mood and mental health.
  • Nanoparticles, which are small, engineered particles created to help preserve food textures and shapes, prevent the growth of mold and filter water, have been proven to negatively impact the gut’s natural bacterial colonies.
  • Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and cerium dioxide are the 3 main nanoparticles that have been studied and proven to destroy a healthy gut which causes adverse health effects. Moreover, these nanoparticles are completely unregulated and no one knows exactly how much exposure to them we are all experiencing.
  • If you want a healthy gut, mainstream products and foods are not on your side. You will need to take matters into your own hands.

 

That last statement leads me to my final words on this subject…

What are all the steps we can take to ensure we are caring for our gut health as much as we should?

 

Take high quality probiotics/prebiotics supplements daily as this is the best way to fill your gut with helpful flora.

It’s worth noting this market is very unregulated. Probiotics and Prebiotics are very sensitive as they are living cultures and can easily lose all effectiveness if not processed and stored properly. A supplement like Naturae Vita’s Bioflorathin uses only the highest quality of proven probiotic and prebiotic strains. They are manufactured properly to ensure that no damage is done to the living organisms and great care is taken in packaging and storage to guarantee that the large amount of bacterial colonies present in the supplement remain fully alive and intact so consumers get optimum benefits from their supplement.

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To nourish the healthy, beneficial bacterial colonies in your gut, be sure to include probiotic and prebiotic rich foods in your daily diet.

Great food sources of probiotics include:

  • Yogurt
  • Kefier
  • Lassi
  • Aged chesses (bleu, gouda, cheddar)
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickled Beets
  • Soybean based foods like miso, tempeh, soy sauce, tamari
  • Sourdough bread
  • Kombucha

Great food sources of prebiotics include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Artichokes
  • Onions
  • Chicory
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
  • Bananas
  • Oatmeal
  • Barley
  • Flaxseed
  • Wheat
  • Lentils
  • Kidney Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Navy, white and black beans
Avoid foods that kill your healthy gut flora.

Most foods that contain artificial ingredients, preservatives or additives most likely also contain destructive nanoparticles. Stay away from candy, gum, processed coffee creamers, pudding, pop tarts… and you get my drift. Anything that wouldn’t exist 50 or so years ago, before our food supply became a completely processed, profit-driven health disaster.

Also, it is important to limit your intake of meat and most dairy (not yogurts which still contain live, active probiotic cultures). Harvard scientists have found that a diet rich in dairy and meat actually negatively impacts gut health in as little as 2 days.

Finally, do your due-diligence and stay current on this research as new discoveries are being made all the time.

The interesting thing about all of this research is that it is still very cutting edge and new, and also very controversial as it negatively impacts major food corporations and other main contributors to the massive amount of processed foods available to us. As a result, lobyists will do their best to keep this news and research from becoming popular. It is up to us to spread the word while still searching for new discoveries.

About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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