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Your gut is arguably the most important region of your body, housing 80% of your Immune System and responsible for the elimination of toxins that enter your body to ensure overall health.
Living in your digestive tract are trillions of bacteria, all different, all with specific purposes. And these work in synergy with your body to digest and eliminate toxins and keep your body healthy. We call this large collection of bacteria a Microbiome.
But in today’s world, with toxins in our air, food and water supplies, this essential component of our health is more and more under attack from outside influences.
You see, there are many factors that affect your microbiome on a daily basis that can alter its pH, impact your absorption of nutrients as well as your inflammatory response, immune function, digestion, and your gut’s ability to fight invaders.
The health of your microbiome depends on having the proper balance between beneficial bacteria and potentially pathogenic bacteria, as well as the health and integrity of your gut lining.
When your microbiome falls out of balance or loses its diversity, or your gut lining becomes compromised, it can impact many processes in your body and your risk of chronic disease.
Here we’re going to cover the main things that may be affecting your Microbiomes health and leading to an invasion of pathogenic bacteria, slowly worsening your health over time:
Next on the list is your diet.
There are many things in your diet that may not only be preventing you from getting the beneficial bacteria you need, but destroying them and allowing pathogenic bacteria to populate and flourish:
Last we have stress. Stress affects your gut in a number of ways including hindering the production of enzymes and absorption of nutrients, and reducing oxygen levels and blood flow. Plus, it can impact the functioning of your entire GI tract, including your gut flora.
But did you know, this same stress can also be caused by an unhealthy gut? The health of your gut can make you feel tired and run down. It can sour your mood and the bacteria in your gut can actually send stressor signals to your body making your feel stressed. Improving the health of your gut can actually improve your overall mood.
Now that you know what can destroy or upset the balance of your microbiome and the integrity of your gut lining, let’s look at what you can do to help restore your gut health to support your health and well-being.
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One of the more popular recent voices on the subject promotes a plant-based diet in a big way: The Game Changers. This Netflix special proposes eliminating meat from your diet and replacing it with plant-based sources of protein and nutrition.
Having spent years as a vegan and understanding the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I couldn’t help but agree with many of the points brought to light in the film.
As a medical doctor, I saw a fundamental flaw in his information: plant-based proteins do not contain enough of each essential amino acid for most of to provide their bodies the wherewithall to optimize body protein synthesis. This is a fact observed through my own experience, through the experience of my patients, and backed by scientific research.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.