The need for Fiber for a healthy gut
The more you turn away from nature the less good your digestive system will work
Man-made foods are killing our “good” gut bacteria and in the long run, this will have nasty consequences. Do you want to run that risk? Modern foods are full of additives, pesticides, probably also GMO, and nearly completely lacks fiber, which is so important to keep your digestive system functioning properly. Taking pills to go to the bathroom only temporarily solves the problem of having bad digestion, but it does not solve the problem. When your digestion is not functioning well, bits and pieces might be lying in a corner of your gut for weeks on end. There it ferments and in the long run can create a leaky gut, a nasty illness which can require surgery to remove a part of your intestine.
Our amazing Body
Our body is a marvelous and complex machine which needs the right foods to function properly. Everything is related and scientists are now saying there is a direct connection between the brain and the gut. Single-celled organisms live in your gut together with bacteria and fungi forming the basis of a healthy you. Without them, we could not survive. Did you know that in your gut, you have 40 trillion little chemists working to keep you healthy? They digest your meals, and important nutrients you can not make yourself are created by some of these organisms and protect you from infections and harm.
What is the Microbiome?
Your Microbiome includes all the microbes and bacteria living inside your body and the ones living on your skin. There seem to be more than 100 trillion of them working for our well being.
These bacteria and microbes produce all kind of things you need for living like serotonin, dopamine, and GABA
These 3 substances are responsible for how you feel. Feeling a bit off today? Well, there might be a slight imbalance between the 3 of them.
Having your Microbiome in good shape is also necessary for controlling your appetite. It helps modulate your metabolism and neurological functions. If it is off wack for a longer period, the risk of developing chronic fatigue syndrome or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is increased.
Did you know that ADHD, is on the rise? More and more young children are suffering from it. Perhaps it is time to blame our modern food for this illness. Consequences of eating denaturalized foods.
With each meal you are feeding your microbiome and giving it the wrong stuff, there will come the day it will stop functioning like it should. When you go to the petrol station to fill up your tank, you would not think to put something which is not indicated for your car type right? Then why do we put the wrong food into our bodies so we stop functioning?
The lack of Fiber in your diet
Our ancestors in Paleolithic times seem to have gotten about 100 grams of fiber each day. Today, most people are a lot worse of with approximately 15 to 18 grams a day. There are many things you can do yourself to restore the right balance. If you feed yourself on a lot of sugar and bad fats together with processed foods, do not expect to have a healthy gut and as a result neither a healthy body.
Be careful with unnecessary medicines like antibiotics, or toxins like glyphosate. All of these will harm your gut.
Eating whole plant foods, like fruits and vegetables, organic if possible, will do your gut a lot of good. Nuts and seeds are healthy and provide a good source of fiber.
What fermented foods can do for you
There are many known fermented foods. Sauerkraut is known in many European countries and has been used for many hundreds of years. Homemade sauerkraut is, of course, the best as then you know what you are eating. Have a look at this recipe.
Yogurt is another good option but of course, choose one with no sugar or additives. I personally like the Greek version and use it for dip sauce and on top of seeds and fruits. Then there is Kefir. I buy the one made of goats milk. In Korea, there is a well known fermented food made of salted cabbage. It is called Kimchi. and is mixed with different vegetables and spices. When you make a salad always use apple cider vinegar, the one with “mother of vinegar” still in the bottle is the one good for your gut. Kombucha is the other good and healthy option.
Ocean Robbins has written a book with the title: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, Transform Your World. This book will come out in February 2019
What I personally do for my gut health
Living on a farm and having some land gives you the possibility to grow a lot of things yourself. I have a big variety of fruit trees, some avocado trees, and a walnut tree. I get eggs from my happy chickens and have a vegetable garden. I eat kefir, yogurt, nuts, and seeds. Each morning I drink a glass of lemon juice, Himalayan salt, and sodium bicarbonate with water on an empty stomach.
Once a day I make a power booster coffee, here comes my recipe.
A spoon of instant coffee.
A little bit of Stevia. (Take care you buy the right type of Stevia.)
A small piece of black chocolate of 85% cacao. (To be considered “good and healthy” chocolate, aim for at least 70% chocolate.)
1 big spoon of beer yeast. (It has all the important B-vitamins.)
1 big spoon of Collagen. (It is good for my skin.)
1 big spoon of Maca.
1 big spoon of Cinnamon. (Here it is also important to buy the right type of Cinnamon.)
1-half a teaspoon of Physilium.
1-half a teaspoon of Potato Starch. (These last 2 are especially to keep my gut flora in good shape.)
I add water and fill half my cup and then stir well, otherwise, you will get little clumps. Then fill the remaining half with coconut milk and the coffee is ready. If you wish you can make your coffee with warm water but the potato starch should not be heated.
Since I started with taking Physilium and Potatoe starch I have noticed that my digestive system has improved a lot.
With some changes in the way we think about food, together with choosing a more healthy diet. we can really do a lot to keep a healthy gut.
Source: Ocean Robbins
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Perhaps you like to read my post on healthy sweeteners.