Does your body violently complain when you eat certain foods?
Do you get bloated or feel sleepy after a meal?
Food is one of the biggest factors contributing to a healthy body and mind.
Being so crucial, you would think there would be some kind of agreement amongst experts.
Unfortunately there isn’t.
There is so much conflicting information, so how do you know what works and what doesn’t?
What makes a food “good” or “bad”?
The smallest yet greatest discovery so far
The answers to some of these questions are currently the hottest topic in scientific research.
In 2007, 397 research papers were published on this subject.
Eight years later 5,512 and today there are over 19,000 studies on Bacteria.
A bacterium is a microscopic single-cell organism. These organisms are thought to be the oldest living organisms on earth[i].
They are neither animal nor plant based. They form their own species and live by the millions both inside and outside every living thing.
Bacteria help us by[ii]:
- Making vitamins
- Regulating metabolism
- Balancing blood sugar
But certain kinds can increase the risk of:
- Autoimmune conditions
A majority of Bacterium live within our digestive system. They help process the food we eat. Interestingly they can also control how we think.
Are you really in control of your mind?
Yes you read correctly – these bacteria can control our mood.
For every nerve (line of communication) from the brain to the gut, there are nine nerves from gut-to-brain. The gut sends messages to the brain telling it how many brain cells to grow, how to adapt to life and even determine whether you are overweight or not.
Making first contact with your “gut feeling”
We are first exposed to bacteria at birth.
As we come down the birth canal we collect samples of our mother’s microbiome – colonies of different bacteria.
The microbiome prepares the baby’s digestive tract to process breast milk.
It is important to note that babies born by C-section have a higher risk for lung and digestive problem in life.[iii] If you can, have a natural birth but always listen to your Doctor. Childbirth can be dangerous.
There’s a thin line between good and bad
As we know chronic inflammation leads to tissue breakdown which causes pain.
The inflammatory response is part of immune system function.
Now, seventy percent of the immune system resides in the mucus lining of the gut.
As do most of the microbiome.
Science has found[iv] that a healthy balance of good microbiome keeps the immune system working well.
An unhealthy or unbalanced microbiome- called Dysbiosis ultimately leads to disease and pain.
The unwanted invasion
The good bacteria (probiotics) levels can drop from:
- High stress
- Mineral imbalance
- Overuse of antibiotics
- A sedentary lifestyle[v].
As the bad (pathogenic) bacteria take over they can cause damage to the gut lining – the body’s first line of defence to outside pathogens. This damage or intestinal permeability increases your exposure to toxins, creating food allergies and degenerative and autoimmune diseases.
The symptoms are never clear and the research is relatively new so they are often overlooked.
If you have any of the following, your gut microbiome could be out of balance.
What an invasion can look like :[vi]
- Loose stool, diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of them
- Food sensitivities
- Carbohydrate intolerance, particularly after eating fibre and/or beans
- Fatigue or low energy
- Excess, too little or no intestinal gas
- Chronic diarrhea
- Chronic bad breath
- Hormonal problems
- Menstrual complaints
- Prostate trouble
- Breast enlargement in men
- Brain fog, anxiety, or depression
- Candidainfection (candidiasis)
- Chronic anemia
- Chronic respiratory problems
- Dairy product allergies and intolerances
- Vitamin B deficiencies
- High cholesterollevels
- Neurological problems
- Chronic vaginal infections
- Chronic bladder infections
- Chronic bad breath
- Sinus congestion
5 things that increase your chance of a takeover
- Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- History of “stomach bugs,” gastroenteritis, and/or food poisoning
- History of prolonged antibiotics such as for acne or sinusitis
- Use of antacids for heartburn, reflux, or hiatal hernia
- Autoimmunity, or an autoimmune condition such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis, or multiple sclerosis
3 things you can do right now to prevent the fight
Finding someone to test your microbiome and knows exactly what the right balance is, is almost impossible.
Each expert has their own protocol.
Find out what they say and see if it speaks to you. I feel it is always best to take charge and try different things to find what works for you.
Heres three things you can start with today.
Put out the fire first: Cut all processed carbohydrates and simple sugars.
Cakes, pastries and even natural sugars like honey, feed the disease causing bacteria. If you keep supporting the bad bacteria it becomes very difficult for the good guys to move back in.
If you would like to find out more about how sugar and other lifestyle factors add to the problem download my free e-book here.
Cardiovascular exercise, the right way
Most pathogenic bacteria don’t like oxygen. By exercising the right way, you won’t over stress the body (yes, exercise is considered stress, but done right it is a good stress.) Here’s a link to some exercise guidelines for a system developed by a sports Doctor that I really love.
Eat more probiotic foods or take a quality supplement
Add fermented foods like kefir (sour milk), yoghurt and vegetables like sauerkraut to your diet. They are high in lactobacillus acidophilus. The fat in diary can slow down your metabolism and put strain on your liver. For this reason I am fan of Sauerkraut.
It is really easy to make your own. Click here to get my recipe.
Creating a healthy environment for the gut bacteria to grow is the foundation to vitality and the Body Balancing way. Focus on creating a healthy lifestyle with quality drinking water, the right foods and adequate sleep.
In closing I would like to share some insight from Dr David Williams.
Dr Williams says:
“We don’t know what the perfect ratio of specific species of bacteria and other organisms should be within the body.
We probably never will know and, to be honest, the percentages will likely vary depending on one’s age, pH, diet, digestive enzymes, climate setting, the season, body composition, etc.”
“But rather than get caught up in determining the perfect mix of bacteria and microflora, to restore gut bacteria, we first need to focus on creating the perfect environment for healthy microflora to survive.”
[ii] The Auto Immune Fix by Dr Tom Brady Pg. 65
[iii] K. Kristensen and L. Henriksen “ Cesarean Section and Disease Associated with Immune function,” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 137, no.2 (Feb 2016): 587-90
[vi] https://www.drdavidwilliams.com/signs-of-too-much-bad-gut-bacteria#.WTXlZRjb4ZU.email and – (Dr Sara Gottfried MD, 2017)