Healthy Living

Anatomy, Bacteria, Bacterium, Bowels

​“All Disease Begins in the Gut” ~

Hippocrates, Father of Medicine​

As a small child I was constantly plagued by chronic ear and throat infections. Back in the seventies you were given antibiotics for everything, so I endured years of being subjected to taking them. While we all would likely say that antibiotics save lives, we also know that they can compromise good gut health. My gut health had been seriously damaged and I was none the wiser for many years.

Antibiotics are harsh on gut health. Yes, they kill the bad bacteria which creates the illness, but unfortunately they also eradicate the good bacteria which means all that is left is the menacing stuff in your gut flora. Most of us wouldn’t disagree that antibiotics have value in potentially saving lives. Unfortunately, antibiotics may also have unintended consequences that increase the risk of many long-term conditions. Recent studies have detected a possible link between over use of antibiotics and headaches, acne, eczema, PMS, athlete’s foot, cancer, allergies, depression, chronic fatigue, vision problems, sinus problems, ear problems, rashes, hormonal imbalances, yeast infections, migraines, mood swings, symptoms of MS, irritable bowel symptom, ADD/ADHD, brain fog, autism symptoms, constipation, poor memory, chronic pain, acid reflux and more.

What we eat affects the gut, so give your gut a health boost by consuming a variety of high fiber plant foods. Some good choices are vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, nuts, and whole grains. Add in prebiotic foods which help beneficial bacteria thrive. Some choices include cleansing vegetables like garlic, celery, asparagus, beets, leeks, fennel, cabbage, bananas, and beans.

Make and eat fermented foods which have lactic acid-producing bacteria that can survive your harsh digestive tract and actually populate your gut with good “right turning” (healthy) bacteria. While these foods aren’t necessarily probiotics, they may help to support a healthy digestive system. Yogurt with live and active cultures is an easy source, but other home-made options are even more beneficial. Kefir (a fermented yogurt drink), kombucha tea, and fermented vegetables with live cultures such as pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi are a few of the most powerful gut healing fermented foods and are easy to make in your own kitchen.

Long story short: Pile on the fiber and give the bugs on board in your gut something to chew on.

{Some article credit: Everyday Health Healthy Living}