It’s definitely a reality check to realize how much control the countless microbes that live in our intestines have over our psychological state, risk for disease, longevity, mood and whether we are slender or fat. Those five aspects of life are extremely important to keep in check and now that you know bacteria isn’t just something that causes bubonic plagues (think Europe 14th century), lets take a further look into the bacteria that doesn’t just keep you healthy, but also keeps your heart beating:

 

Just a few vital functions microbes in the intestines are responsible for:

It’s definitely a reality check to realize how much control the countless microbes that live in our intestines have over our psychological state, risk for disease, longevity, mood and whether we are slender or fat. Those five aspects of life are extremely important to keep in check and now that you know bacteria isn’t just something that causes bubonic plagues (think Europe 14th century), lets take a further look into the bacteria that doesn’t just keep you healthy, but also keeps your heart beating:

Just a few vital functions microbes in the intestines are responsible for:

  1. Balancing the immune system.
  2. Controlling inflammation.
  3. Ridding the body of potentially-damaging toxins.
  4. Making brain chemicals like serotonin, the “feel good” transmitter.
  5. Manufacturing vitamins.
  6. Harvesting nutrients from food.
  7. Keeping the gut wall from becoming “leaky.” 

What is a “leaky” gut you might ask? “The gut is lined with a layer, one cell thick, that allows us to absorb the things we need like vitamins and nutrients while at the same time serving as a protective barrier to prevent us from absorbing potentially dangerous things like viruses and gut chemicals that can wreak havoc in our bodies. When there is breakdown of this barrier, the gut becomes “leaky.” And leaky gut is now the focus of intense scientific research, as it has been associated with all kinds of problems, including depression, weight gain, anxiety,autism, Type 2 diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

The biggest player in terms of keeping gut bacteria (and you) healthy and happy is food. Food choices have a profound influence in determining whether or not the gut is populated by health-sustaining organisms or bad bugs that will lead to metabolic problems favoring weight gain, depression and so many other issues. Refined sugar, for example, favors the growth of gut bacteria that actually extract more calories from your food. And this contributes to obesity.”

Now lets focus on how to build and maintain a healthy population of gut bacteria:

“Step 1. Eat foods that are naturally rich in healthy probiotic bacteria. These are generally foods that have been fermented and include:

  1. Kimchi, a traditional Korean dish made from cabbage.
  2. Yogurt with live cultures.
  3. Kefir, a fermented beverage made from milk or coconut milk.
  4. Sauerkraut.
  5. Fermented meats, fish and eggs.
  6. Cultured sour cream.
  7. Pickles.

Step 2. Add prebiotic foods to your menu

  1. Jicama, or Mexican yam.
  2. Chicory root.
  3. Dandelion greens.
  4. Jerusalem artichoke.
  5. Onions.
  6. Garlic.
  7. Asparagus.

 

Who would’ve thought our gut did more to our state of mind than just tell us we’re hungry! Check out more from David Perlmutter, M.D., Empowering Neurologist, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-david-perlmutter-md/gut-bacteria-health_b_7428882.html


 

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