Russian-born biologist, Élie Mechnikov, received a Nobel Prize in 1908 for his work in immunity. His research lead to the conclusion that “death begins in the colon.” What we know today is that 90% of all known illness can be traced back to an unhealthy gut.
Did you know that the average adult has three pounds of bacteria in their gut. The DNA in your gut bacteria outnumbers your own DNA by 100 times. This bacteria helps you digest food, it produces vitamins, regulates hormones, and helps you excrete toxins. Your gut has such an impact on your health and provides so many signals to the rest of your body, many scientists refer to it as your second brain.
Of course, we have both good bacteria and bad bacteria in our gut. The presence of too many bad bacteria has been linked to numerous health problems including autism, obesity, diabetes, allergies, autoimmunity, depression, cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia, eczema, and asthma. Although most of the research on the microbiome (gut bacteria) has only occurred in the last five years, the evidence of the links keeps growing every day.
When addressing the risks of almost any chronic disease, start by cleaning up your gut. This even includes weight loss.
I am a proponent of taking both a probiotic and a prebiotic in the beginning. After taking antibiotics or when traveling to a foreign country are other times that you should definitely take both for a month or so. Once you begin to focus on eating healthy there may not be a need other than the times listed above.
According to Dr. Mark Hyman of the Cleveland Clinic, there are eight ways to optimize your gut flora:
- Eat whole, unprocessed, unrefined foods.
- Make 75 percent of your plate be vegetables and plant-based foods.
- Eat good healthy fats (omega 3 & monounsaturated fats).
- Supplement smartly with omega 3 and probiotics.
- Add more coconut especially MCT (medium chain triglycerides).
- Remove inflammatory fats like foods with too much omega 6 (vegetable oils).
- Add fiber-rich foods.
- Add fermented foods.
Cleaning up your gut is the first step towards cleaning up your health.
I hope you’ll get started addressing your gut health today. Please let me know if you need help with this. I’ll be happy to provide a no cost consultation.