It consist of feeding your body internal “pet” –in old conventional way– and barely eating any supplements or medicines to fight against your constant bloating issue… It is done every meal time every day that you now eat anti-bloating, anti-stomach gas, or stomach flu medicine — and IT replaces them all.
It is, in fact, your gut bacteria (probiotics). Your very own “pet”. Did you feed them well today? Here is why it is important to feed your “pet” the right food…
Nearly 100 trillion bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms compose your body’s microflora, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that these tiny micro-organisms play a major role in your health. It reflects your health.
Many researchers are also beginning to understand that the bacteria which present in breast milk (Bifidobacterium) offers considerable benefits to an infant’s intestinal microbiota. Low levels of Bifidobacterium have also been linked to higher rates of eczema in children. Breastfeeding has also been linked to lower rates of asthma in children. Why do an infant need this little tiny soldiers in their gut? Well, once the baby out of the womb, he’ll be start drinking milk, then eating, which all requires digestion, and good digestion (especially carbohydrate) just don’t happen without gut flora!
5 Reasons Why You Need Good Gut Bacteria To Not Just Survive But Thrive In The Sky
Just like when you a baby, you needs gut flora relatively quickly and immediately.That’s where the birthing process comes in, because the natural birth allows the passage of microbes from mother to the sterile infant gut, a relatively quick process. By the time the cord is snipped and the infant’s butt’s got a handprint on it, the baby’s upper gastrointestinal tract has been partially populated with bacterial strains derived from the mother’s feces and the surrounding environment (the air, others in the room, etc).
Breastfeeding provides another ongoing source of bacteria. It takes about a month for a newborn to establish a solid population of gut flora, and another year for it to resemble an adult’s gut contents. Hence, gut flora is there to prepare kids and you for what lies ahead. Why? Because gut flora is responsible for breaking down carbohydrates into short chain fatty acids as mentioned earlier. In fact, we’re wholly dependent on our gut flora. You might even say we’re more microbe than man (gut flora outnumber the cells of our bodies by 10 to 1). And studies show that formula-fed infants have smaller, less productive thymuses than breastfed infants, because the beneficial bacteria, specifically Bifidobacteria, which is only present in breast milk.
Besides, from history perspective, clearly, humans evolved in a bacteria-rich environment. The food we ate, the ground upon which we slept, and even the water we drank sent a steady stream of microbial diversity into our bodies – and this went on for hundreds of thousands of years. It made for occasionally lethal infections, but it also made possible the digestion of a wide variety of foods, an ability that we continue to enjoy today. People have been eating bacteria ridden foods for hundreds of thousands of years. One of the evidence is that our ancestral/ early hunters did employ unconventional meat storage methods that probably presaged fermentation) and was consuming plenty of bacteria on a regular basis in this case. In most post-agricultural peoples, some form of fermented food is a standardized component of the traditional diet too.
A substantial part of our immune system (over 70%) depends on healthy gut flora. How? Healthy gut flora populations helps protect against invading microbes by simply taking up space and generally being more proficient at obtaining nutrients than the intruders. They’re playing defense, and informed, experienced defenders who know their way around always have the advantage. Besides, intestinal flora communicates with the immune system to help them focus on invading microbes and pathogens and not on the good bacteria that has been taken in. Pretty amazing right? In fact, our immune cells aren’t intelligent enough to determine which foreign microbes are good or bad. It is the good bacteria talks to the lymph nodes and provides a safe signal to the lymph nodes’ stromal cells to produce “normal cell” antigens that tell the immune system not to attack the good bacteria. This conserves resources and improves the immune response by making it more efficient. In another words, these tiny little soldiers aid and abet our innate immune response system by improving the function of our mucosal immune system and providing a physical barrier to invading microbiota.
Besides, gut bacteria form a large physical barrier against pathogens and protect us against infections. Bacteria are made of matter, even though they’re invisible to the naked eye. They take up physical space on the gut lining. They plug holes, fill nooks. They cross arms and stand together, steadfast against encroaching pathogens seeking residence.
In addition, intestinal flora can even influence the growth and formation of organs crucial to proper immune function. For example, the T-cells also known as T-lymphocytes that are being produced by the thymus, are a type of white blood cell that has to functions:
- Destroy the body’s own cells that have been infected by viruses or bacteria; this prevents the offending microbe from replicating and causing more damage (these cells are called Killer T-cells);
- Stimulate the production of antibodies (and these cells are called the Helper T-cells). The thymus, in turn, is dependent on intestinal flora.
There is also a study of mice being raised in isolation chambers, which completely free of gut flora, exhibit a host of immunodeficiences symptoms such as low levels of lymphocytes (a kind of white blood cell extremely important to immune function); hypoplastic, or underdeveloped, lymphoid structures with compromised immune function. In reverse, colonization of germ-free mice with normal levels and species of gut flora, for the most part, help normalizes the mice’s immune function and structure. Meaning that we, human too couldn’t function too without foreign gut flora. We’d be quivering and helpless, chronic hypochondriacs (abnormally anxious about their health) by necessity. Any variance in diet and lack of intake of energy-producing food would probably immobilize us, and the mildest, gentlest pathogen would have its way to invade our tender bodies.
And hence, clearly that, the best path for proper immunity is the early establishment of a healthy population of gut flora, ideally initiated immediately after birth.
Gut bacteria improve your bone mineral density by increasing the solubility and absorption of minerals from the gut from the food that you eat. How? Healthy gut bacteria have cellulase, which is an enzyme that we do not produce. They help breaking down the cellulose in vegetables and really unlocking the matrix of vitamins and nutrients that otherwise really wouldn’t be accessible to us since we have wimpy digestion when you look at all kinds of animals.
In addition, certain gut flora can actually turn phytic acid into inositol, and preventing phytic acid from mineral binding that prevent absorption of various minerals from the food you eat and hence releasing nutrient involved in mood regulation, insulin sensitivity and bone mineral density.
Your two to three pounds of bacteria that are living in your gut hopefully and hopefully the right ones, they are basically taking your digestion to a new level. As they are fermenting and digesting more of our food, they’re creating, not just unlocking the vitamins, they’re actually creating vitamins on site that you absorb like B and K and then they are also producing short chain fatty acids. You’re just really getting a lot of energy right there from these bacteria. It’s pretty amazing, right?
How gut bacteria manufacture vitamins? When gut bacteria consume substrates, they produce various metabolites, the most famous of which are the short chain fatty acids butyrate, acetate, and propionate. But they also produce vitamins in the process, particularly vitamin K and the B-vitamins. According to Dr. Art Ayers, an optimally-outfitted human gut biome given sufficient dietary substrates (prebiotics), gut biome can manufacture all the vitamins a person requires.
-DO YOU KNOW ABOUT PHYTIC ACID?-
What is phytic acid?
Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient found in seeds, grains, legumes, nuts, and many other foods and high phytic acid diets have the potential to cause nutrient deficiencies. And certain healthy gut bacteria can help nullify these anti-nutrients. But this does not mean that you can corporate these food into your healthy meal plan since foods like grains are unhealthy as they contain lectins, gluten, etc that they are a distinctly Neolithic food that the human animal has yet to adapt to consuming.
Gut biome represent your “second brain”, since gut flora produce a ton of neurotransmitters, about 95% of our serotonin—known to have a beneficial influence on your mood—than your brain does and it also produces half of our dopamine. Besides, the enteric nervous system, found in the gut, has more neurons than the spinal column or central nervous system. Long thought to be only concerned with directing digestive contractions, the enteric nervous system has a direct conduit to the brain: the vagus nerve, 90% of those fibers are dedicated to communication from the gut to the brain. After all, the thoughts we have, the desire we feel, and the words we form come from chemical chatter between neurons. It’s possible that the brain can’t tell where the chatter originates, from “us” or the gut flora. Is there even an “us”? Maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe “us” is closer to the truth than “me.”
In fact, researchers have long noticed that people with disorders “of the mind,” like depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and autism, tend to also have gastrointestinal issues. It’s becoming clear that these aren’t chance correlations. The emergence of the gut-brain axis, the knowledge that gut bacteria manufacture neurotransmitters, and direct clinical evidence (albeit mostly with non-human animals) suggests that the gut bacteria disturbances are mediating the disorders.
Gut microbiota has in fact can increasing your brain growth hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) level, which is very important chemical, that actually allows the brain to grow new brain cells and protects your brain cells as well, less brain fog, better focus.
And the conclusion is that gut bacteria not only help determine the nutrient content of our meals. They mediate our subjective interpretation of everyday life and our interpersonal dealings with others. They’re constantly learning new things and defending us from interlopers and communicating with and perhaps even telling us what to think and how to act. It’s almost overwhelming to even imagine. Hopefully you’re beginning to understand why the gut biome is shaping up to be the biggest health story of the century and why we ignore it at our peril.
Hence, by providing the right environment to your gut flora, you can prevent leaky gut syndrome and thus prevent you form having a leaky brain and leaky energy level.
-DO YOU KNOW ABOUT LEAKY GUT?-
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Think of the lining of your digestive tract like a net with extremely small holes in it that only allow specific substances to pass through. Your gut lining works as a barrier keeping out bigger particles that can damage your system., according to Dr. Josh Axe.
When someone has leaky gut (often referred to as increased intestinal permeability), the “net” in your digestive tract gets damaged, which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now be able to.
Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your bloodstream causing an immune reaction.
Leaky gut symptoms leads to inflammation throughout your system and can cause symptoms and progression including:
- Food sensitivities
- Thyroid conditions
- Joint pain
- Skin issues like rosacea and acne
- Digestive problems
- Weight gain
- Syndrome X
What Causes Leaky Gut? There are four main causes of leaky gut which include:
- Poor diet
- Chronic stress
- Toxin overload
- Bacterial imbalance
- Proteins found in un-sprouted grains, sugar, GMO’s and conventional dairy.
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