Creating Balance and Harmony in your Gut
to restore optimum health and vitality and lose that weight
Hello Beautiful souls! So many patients in the clinic ask me the same questions over and over and over about losing weight and digestive issues.
Although this article only addresses the physical body issues that need to be addressed, this will give enough information for you to understand how things truly work!
It is my firm belief that we must address the emotional, spiritual, and mental disharmanies that are working hand in hand to create disturbance to completely heal... but this is a great start to understanding a little deeper how your body works!
I wanted to take the time to explain to you one of the biggest reasons why you can't lose weight and why you do not feel good.
You see the human digestive system is like it's own eco-system; where there are microbes, bacterias, and enzymes that make up the system, but are not actually part of you!
When you are born, there microbes, bacteria, and enzymes are passed to you through your mother from the birth canal (pretty cool huh?)
Unfortunately, those who are born via c-section do not receive these immediately and sometimes it takes a longer time for your digestive system to function properly.
We also get these through foods that we eat, so as babies when we are eating breast milk we can get them; but bottle fed babies do not until they are old enough to eat solids...
SO as we grow, eventually, with a good diet, we have a balanced "Ecosystem" in our tummies.
Although some people never get this without being aware and creating this...."Human Microbiome" balance as adults.
Like everything else, there is GOOD and BAD bacterias in our stomachs and if there is too many "Bad" then they eventually take over....just like everything else in the Human existence, BALANCE is key when it comes to digestive health and proper functions in the systems of the physical body!
Our kids are suffering more and more from allergies, food intolerance, low energy, fatigue, obesity, poor immune health and mental & behavioral health issues such as ADHD, anxiety and depression.
Now, more than ever before, we need to take a critical look at the food we are feeding our kids and the impact this is having on their health.
If we don’t pay attention to what the food manufacturers are adding to the foods they market to our kids, then we may risk long term health problems that could be avoided. These additives and preservatives in processed foods will feed the "bad" bacteria in the digestive eco-system and a child will never have a chance to develop a healthy immune and endocrine system.
what are the signs of little to no good bacteria in the digestive tract?
1) Little to no metabolism (finding it tougher and tougher to stay in shape and no weight loss no matter what you do)2) Digestive problems that don't seem to go away (constipation, diarrhea, IBS, )3) Constantly feeling tired or fatigued4) Yeast infections5) Bad breath6) Fungal outbreaks, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin7) Cravings for "Junk food" no matter how hard you try to eat healthy.
8) Extreme flatulence (having an increased amount of the toots)
9) mood swings
your stomach is actually the brain of your appetite......bad bugs tell your brain "Feed me" more junk food (that's why we crave it)
microbes make you crave what makes them grow best on....(bad bugs can influence your food choices.. there is scientific proof)
They send irresistible messages, and want to take over the world (or your stomach) they are manipulative...
SO you sit around craving refined sugars and carbs and eventually you give in, because you can't stop thinking about it... right?
The more you eat of that stuff (without supplementing with the good stuff) the more the "Bad bugs" have to eat....
The more they eat the more they breed.... it can cause yeast infections, bloating, gas, indigestion,and more.
when they take over your good microbes go into hiding and your digestive system shuts down....
"bad bugs" actually can hijack your vagus nerve and make you crave sugars, carbs, and things that make us fat.
So what are the 5 worst things we can put in our stomachs to make the "Bad guys" take over???
1) Antibiotics, which kill off all the "Good guys" for up to 2 years2) Meats that are not Organic and grass fed (Because they are fed Antibiotics and hormones that will transfer to you)3) Splenda (the artificial sweetener) that reduces the amount of "Good" bacteria in your digestive system by 50% (look it up if you do not believe me... and if you want real "Stevia" instead I can hook you up)
4) Processed Sugars and Bleached Flour; the traditional "sugar" and "flour"in the american diet will feed these bad buys and fuel their destruction
By killing off or damaging beneficial bacteria, we are limiting the diversity of our microbiome. This lack of diversity has been linked to inflammatory bowel disease, an increase of autoimmune disease and even behavioral traits such as more fear and less self-restraint in toddlers.
Do you know what is in the food you eat?
let me share what you may be feeding yourself and your children if you are not reading labels and being mindful of your food choices.
In a recent study two commonly used emulsifiers — Polysorbate 80 and Carboxymethylcellulose – were shown to have a direct negative effect on the gut microbiome.
Polysorbate 80 (433) is listed as “best avoided” on the Chemical Maze app and lists “may be contaminated with the carcinogens dioxane and ethylene oxide” and “prohibited in foods for infants” as warnings. This additive is commonly used in creamy sauces, mayonnaise, margarine, ice cream and smooth chocolate.
Carboxymethylcellulose (468). This additive is listed as “safe for most people” on the Chemical Maze app with potential effects including flatulence, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. 468 can be found in ice cream, dressing, cheese, icing, toppings, gelatinous desserts, baby formula, lollies, cottage cheese and cream cheese spread.
These additives were found to alter the balance of the gut microbiome; causing inflammation which has been directly linked to the development of metabolic syndrome, obesity, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance and chronic colitis. Put simply, food additives affect gut health.
Other food additives including Carrageenan (407), an additive found in many dairy alternatives such as almond and coconut milk, have been found to increase inflammation and intestinal permeability which has been linked to the development of autoimmune diseases.
Carrageenan is listed as “best avoided” on the Chemical Maze app, listing potential effects including gastrointestinal cancer and is linked to inflammatory bowel disease
Another very common food additive, maltodextrin or modified corn or wheat starch is used by pathogenic or “bad” bacteria in the gut to make biofilms.
They can also cause inflammation and prevent the absorption of nutrients through the intestinal wall.
Guess what though? I have great news for you!
I am sure you may already know some of the information shared in this article, BUT by now I am positive you are ready to hear the rest of the story where the light shines on the darkness here...
SO...... How to we get rid of the "Bad" bugs?...
we don't need to kill off the "Bad bugs" in order to win the battle...
we need to supplement the "Good microbes" so balance is restored....
All the "Bugs" eat different foods so the trick is to give the "Good bugs" foods that the "Bad bugs" can't eat even if they tried...
This starves out the bad bugs and the good guys once again flourish (light always wins, right?)
The bad guys die off and you feel healthy very quickly....
because the good guys can restore things back to order
which means more energy, less food cravings, smoother digestion (even possibly curing those digestive system dis-eases that you were told were incurable)..
This in turn leads to better weight management and stubborn fat falling off of your body as you no longer crave the foods that are contributing to this..
Which in turn leads to you being more physically active and getting out of the house more(which contributes to a happy and healthy body too)....
How do we do this?
Well there are many "Diets" out there that are meant to help you do this, but one that I like is the "Microbiome diet".
It was created to help re-store balance in the digestive system.
If you create a balance in your digestive system....correcting the overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria.....
you will lose weight and you can eat what you like....
BUT... basically the best way to do this is to make sure you are eating foods with plenty of "Probiotics" and "Prebiotics" in them (the lives ones.. not the ones you take in a capsule that do absolutely nothing for you...don't believe the advertisements of every one of them.. please!
If you choose to do it as a supplement instead of eating the whole foods enriched with them.. do your research first.....you can always message me, I will be happy to help you find one that is for real....)
SO WHAT ARE "Probiotics" and "Prebiotics"?
Prebiotics are a non-digestible food ingredients (indigestible plant fibers) that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines. They cause good bacteria to flourish again...
Give them some "Food" and they will start doing their job again...
they start sending the messages to the brain to make you crave good foods..... feed those good microbes!
Prebiotics can stand alone against the "Bad buys" and although society tends to think that "Probiotics" are more important.. I would disagree personally.....
What is the Difference?
Probiotics are not your microbes and not nearly as beneficial on their own... (without prebiotics).
They need the prebiotics to fuel them.
Just as I said earlier about any microbes in your system, they feed on the prebiotics and without the prebiotics, they leave cuz they have nothing to eat (waste of money if not taken with prebiotics.)
It is like planting a tree without giving it any water or fertilizer (they will flourish and do good for a while, but soon enough without feeding them they will die)
Prebiotics (on the other hand ) are a stand alone solution. they are the "Food" that Probiotics need to work correctly...
A study showed that "Bimuno" (one of the best prebiotics..one of the most important type of good microbes we naturally make in our bodies)) will significantly raise levels of "Bifidobacteria" (good bacterias we need to take over the bad bugs" in human in just 7 days.
Bimunos specifically stimulate the immune system and increase resistance to infection, reduce markers of chronic gut problems, and enhance overall health of the digestive system.
It has been proven that most sufferers of "IBS" have low numbers of "Bifidobacteria" in their gut.
It is recommended to boost "Bifidobacteria" levels even if you are having minor stomach and digestive issues.
So what are some "Prebiotic" foods we can eat?
Here are the top 10....
1) Raw Chicory Root2) Raw Jerusalem Artichoke3) Raw Dandelion Greens4) Raw Garlic5) Raw Leeks6) Raw Onion7) Cooked Onion8) Raw Asparagus9) Raw Wheat Bran10) Raw Banana
So what are some "Probiotic" foods we can eat?
Here are the Top 10...
1) Yogurt2) Miso Soup3) Sauerkraut4) Kefir5) Kombucha6) Microalgae7) Pickles9) Tempeh10) Kimchi
and anything that is fermented (like apple cider vinegar if it is Organic and not processed..still "Live")
A couple things to remember though. So many of us jump on that bandwagon and go out and spend high dollars of supplements of these kinds thinking we are doing our bodies good.
We have great intentions, but you must keep in mind that when you are taking this stuff in a capsule form (especially those that are not kept in the fridge)... there are little to no life left in these things.
When I talk about the "Vibration" of foods and plants...remember that foods that are raw or fresh have a huge energy aura; where foods that are processed in a factory (or supplements) usually go under heat and other processes that literally suck the life out of them.
Even if you are taking these in a powder form (of herbs and plants) that seems to have all the good ingredients in them... the herbs and plants may be old or not really what they say they are... just a sales pitch..
All I am saying is.... it is better to eat the "Whole" food, rather then a pill or powder form.. always.
Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food - Hippocrates
AND..... if you choose to do it this way, please do your research first, so you are not spending all that money for nothing as they are quite expensive!!!
When you find the balance in your digestive system and you create harmony within... you won't believe how much better you feel... and this is all part of living the "Wholeistic" lifestyle...healing mind, body, and soul!!
You can always have me custom make what your body needs for a whole food / whole herb supplement. I would be honored to help you with this healing journey. Schedule your consult today and we can get you back on track!
MUCH LOVE AND BLESSINGS TO YOU ALWAYS>.
~ Becky Jo~
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