Recently I did some extensive research on gut microbiome also known as gut bacteria or gut flora. Once again I am left wondering why we are not taught about this in science class or why doctors do not go here first. We have 10 X more bacteria in our bodies than human cells. This bacteria is needed to have a health brain, immune system, skeletal system, bones, and metabolism.
Bad Gut Bacteria
Wow gut bacteria is really important, the good kind of course. Sometimes we end up with bad bacteria in our guts due to eating the wrong foods such as GMOs, processed, refined sugar, fried foods and more. Chronic stress can also effect our gut bacteria along with medications. Those taking prescription drugs are creating within their guts an unhealthy environment by hindering the absorption of valuable vitamins.
The Immune System
Eighty percent of our immune system is located in our guts, eighty percent!!! That is a big percentage of our immune system which many do not know, yes I was there too. Because it is where the largest percentage of our immune system is located it is important to know about it. With this knowledge we can begin to heal our guts, create a healthy gut microbiome, and become healthy.
Signs of Unhealthy Gut Bacteria
While many of these signs could be a sign of another issue go to the gut first. This is especially true if you or someone you know is dealing with more then one.
- Chronic Bad Breath
- Hormonal Issues
- Vitamin B Deficiency
- Chronic Anemia
- Allergies or Intolerance to Dairy
- Prostate Problems
- And more
- Various Skin Issues (psoriasis/eczema)
- Issues with Joints (rheumatoid arthritis)
- Type I Diabetes
- Heart Failure
- Thyroid Issues
- Various Mental Health Issues (brain fog, depression, autism)
- Celiac Disease
- Weight Issues
Weight Issues and Gut Bacteria
Studies have shown that gut bacteria contributes to the way we gain weight and loss weight. One study utilized two rodents which were kept away from bacteria. They then took the gut bacteria from two twins, one thin and one with extra weight, and placed their gut bacteria into the rodents. The gut bacteria they received made a difference in how their bodies reacted to being fed the exact same food in the exact same portions. The thin twin's gut bacteria was found to be abound with a variety og healthy gut bacteria while the one with extra weight had less.
Develop Healthy Gut Bacteria
The foods that contribute to healthy gut bacteria are foods which are high in fiber such as vegetables and fruits. Fermented foods and beverages also provide our guts with healthy bacteria to benefit our health. Above all stay away from GMOs (genetically modified organisms,) processed foods, refined sugar, and fried foods.
One of my friend's daughter has eczema really bad on the palm of her hand. She put the whole family on a grain free diet and it is clearing up. During my research I saw no mention of grain, guess more research is needed. This holds true for scientists also who are just now really looking into the gut microbiome.
In conclusion it is plain to see that our gut bacteria plays an important role in our over all health. With this new knowledge we can help ourselves heal, loss weight, and live healthier lifestyles.
Have you discovered the health benefits of tending to your gut bacteria? Oh before you go watch the 11 minute video on the gut microbiome.