Why should I care about Gut Health and the Micro-biome?

“All disease begins in the gut” claimed Hippocrates, who is considered the father of modern medicine. He also said “let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food”.

It’s curious that 2400 years later we are again re-discovering the wisdom of those statements.

The importance of the gut in the immune system is also emerging as a major factor. 80% of the immune system is supposedly located in the gut. A healthy immune system is what helps us fight disease. And if so much of the immune system is linked to the gut, then surely we should be doing all we can to maintain a healthy gut?

How can we do that and what is a healthy Micro-biome? Did you know that each of us have 2-5lbs of bacteria living in our gut? We have a symbiotic relationship with this bacteria. We need it to digest our food and they need a place to live. They also protect us from the bad bacteria which can make us sick.

When we are born we are given a dose of this bacteria as we come through the birth canal and also if we were breast fed. But over time we have managed to deplete this gut flora by eating too much sugar, too many processed foods and from taking too many antibiotics. Even if we ourselves did not take too many antibiotics we have been eating animal livestock that has been raised on hormones and antibiotics (to counter the unhealthy crowded factory farms they are raised on, and to make them put on weight).

When the micro-biome is compromised the body is unable to digest the food properly and this leads to all kinds of diseases and inflammation which will be further explored in future blogs. The result is that not only are we not eating wholesome foods but we are not even getting the nutrition from that food.

So what is the answer? The answer is to rebuild the micro-biome. There are many ways to do this but the first is to start taking a pro-biotic pill every day. There are many prob-biotic pills on the market. I tried a few before I found one that worked well for me. This allows you to replenish the good bacteria. Each pill contains millions of bacteria such as acidophilus.

Next you can eat foods that promote good bacteria (such as yogurt, kefir, and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi).  And make fiber-rich fruits and vegetables a daily part of your life. Also we need to cut back on or eliminate sugar, processed foods and meat products with hormones and antibiotics. If we start doing these things we can rebuild our gut flora and give those little bugs a happy habitat where we both can thrive. This process may take a month or months depending on how compromised your micro-biome is. But it is important to start. Some of you may even want to start with a gut cleanse to get rid of stored toxins and excess yeast. Stress is also another factor contributing to a compromised immune system.

If you feel you cannot boost your health on your own we do offer the ReFresh Health and Wellcation Retreats either as a weekend or a week long course to help you learn how to eat, cook, exercise, de-stress etc. If you are unable to make the courses but just want to get away I do offer free meditation classes if you come to stay at Haley Farm. We have many ReFresh Retreats starting in 2017. You can join us for one of these or we can customize a retreat to suit your needs. Call us so we can help you give yourself the gift of health in 2017. Happy New Year.