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Gut Health, Part II: Probiotic-Rich Foods & Repairing Your Gut

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Traditionally fermented, unpasteurized foods are key to optimizing gut health, as is limiting processed, refined, and pesticide/chemical-ridden food. Eating fermented foods like saukerkraut, raw kefir, grass-fed yogurt, and fermented vegetables are a great way to rebalance your gut bacteria and improve your overall health.

Destroys gut flora, avoid:

  • Antibiotics – avoid them unless absolutely necessary. Follow-up your treatment course with a hefty dose of fermented foods and/or high quality probiotic supplements.
  • Chlorinated Water
  • Fluoridated Water
  • Antibacterial Soup
  • Pesticides & Agricultural Chemicals
  • Processed Foods
  • Sugar
  • Factory-farmed, i.e. conventionally raised, meats, eggs, and other animal products – they are fed low-dose antibiotics and fed genetically modified grains.

Improves gut health, consume more:

Kefir is one of the most gut-friendly foods, with balancing and restorative properties. Kefir is a rich source of probiotics, enzymes, macro and micronutrients, and countless vitamins and minerals including vitamins B and K, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and proteins, including tryptophan, an essential amino acid known for its calming and relaxing effects. Kefir has been used to treat allergies, intestinal disorders, respiratory diseases, anemia, mood disorders, ulcers, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, colitis, leaky gut syndrome, UTIs, some cancers, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Autism, depression, migraines, acne, eczema, psoriasis, candida overgrowth, osteoporosis, rheumatism, and more.

Kombucha tea is an adaptogen and supports healthy digestion, which in turn supports healthy brain functioning, mood, and cognition. Kombucha tea is a rich source of B vitamins and Vitamin C. B vitamins have been found to help stabilize mood, regulate anxiety, improve concentration, and even help fight depression. Vitamin C boosts immunity and suppresses the release of cortisol, i.e. stress-hormone that has been linked to stubborn belly fat, impaired mental clarity and functioning, depressed mood, and hypertension.

Grass-fed bone broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, gelatin and chondroitin sulfate. Besides boosting gut health and repairing digestive lining, bone broth boasts a range of other health benefits as well, including fighting inflammation, reducing joint pain, inhibiting infection, and promoting healthy bones, teeth, hair, and nails.

As always, support your local farmer and opt for grass-fed, organic sources. Besides being higher in nutrients overall, they aren’t broken down by over-processing, chemicals, pesticides, etc.

Gut Health, Part I: Benefits & Health Implications

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Research has finally begun to recognize the vital importance of a healthy gut. Imbalances in gut flora have been scientifically linked to a range of health issues, impacting everything from mood and inflammation to pain and weight gain. In particular, correlations have been found between gut health and the following:

Eating Disorders – Research has uncovered a very strong link between disordered eating behaviors and gut health, specifically the presence of a certain protein made by intestinal bacteria. The presence of this protein leads to an unfavorable reaction between antibodies and satiety hormones, impacting the regulation of “feeding, energy regulation and anxiety.” Yet another reason why a healthy microbiome, i.e. balanced gut health, is vital to your health and wellness, both physically and mentally. One major way to promote and improve gut health is by consuming more probiotic and prebiotic-rich foods to feed the good gut bacteria.

Mood & Cognition – Gut health has been linked with everything from Autism and ADD/ADHD to symptoms of depression, anxiety, brain fog, even memory issues. A healthy gut is necessary for your body to properly digest and process nutrients, including playing a major role in the processing and functioning of neurotransmitter activity, including serotonin levels which are responsible for mood.

Willpower & Cravings – Do you ever feel like sometime you have excellent “willpower” to abstain from eating unhealthy foods, whereas other times you feel out of control with cravings? Your gut health plays a vital role in this.

Immune System Functioning – Over 75% of your immune system is housed within your digestive system. When you take antibiotics or use antibacterial products you are killing the good bacteria, creating a breeding ground for the bad bacteria to take over. When properly balanced, there are trillions and trillions of good bacteria keeping you healthy. When you disturb this balance, you put yourself at risk for digestive problems, poor immune system functioning, and a range of other issues.

If you are having health issues, consider the state of your gut flora. Stay tuned for our next blog article which will outline ways that you can promote gut health and improve functioning.

Gut Health and Eating Disorders

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia plague roughly 10% of the population, and those numbers are even higher among teenage girls. With the research linking depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and other mood disorders to biochemical imbalances, researchers have been looking into similar links with eating disorders.

A recent study uncovered a very strong link between “a protein made by intestinal bacteria” and disordered eating behaviors. Apparently antibodies are made to fight this protein, antibodies that end up reacting unfavorably with satiety hormones. Higher levels of these neutralizing antibodies were associated with higher severity of eating disorder symptoms. The potential for healing strategies as a result of uncovering this information are enormous, particularly given the relation to these antibodies and regulation of “feeding, energy regulation and anxiety.”

Researchers are now “working to develop a blood test based detection of the bacterial protein.”

As our recent blog articles have highlighted, a healthy and balanced gut is vital to overall health. Research is increasingly uncovering linkages between the gut and other areas of health, including allergies, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, pain, chronic fatigue, some cancers, acne, Autism, ADHD/ADD, and mood disorders.

Though much of it is anecdotal or in early research stages, many people have found that by repairing their gut health, their symptoms of these and other issues lessen dramatically – or disappear altogether. Countless people have reported decreased anxiety, increased energy and mood, reductions in pain, and other health improvements simply by balancing their gut bacteria.

The question then, is how can we restore and rebalance our gut health?

Probiotics and prebiotics. While pharmaceutical grade supplements can offer great benefits, food sources are the best way to optimize your gut health. Eating fermented foods like saukerkraut, kefir, yogurt, and fermented vegetables are an excellent and easy way to improve your health – and balance your gut bacteria. Start small, you don’t want to shock your system, then gradually increase your intake of probiotic foods. As always, opt for non-GMO, organic, grass-fed sources, as these have been shown to be significantly higher in nutrients and benefits – with the added bonus of supporting local business.

Superfood Spotlight: Kefir – Heal Your Gut, Bones, Mood, Immune System & More

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Kefir – fermented, enzyme and probiotic rich superfood. Kefir is one of the most gut-friendly foods, with balancing and restorative properties. You are only as healthy as your gut; your overall health is intricately tied into your gut health. Your gut health impacts everything from your mood to immune system, inflammation to digestion. Gut health is destroyed by antibiotics, pesticides, chemicals, GMO and processed foods, and more. What can you do to restore proper health and balance? Choose real foods from reputable sources that are free from chemicals, pesticides, GMOs, soy, and heavy processing. Opt for pastured and grassfed, organic, truly natural sources for everything from milk to beef to greens, and everything in between.

If you are struggling with digestive issues, problems with mood, or are seeking improvements in bone, gut, or immune system health, consider adding kefir to your diet. Here is a rundown of potential health benefits to drinking kefir:

Over 75% of your immune system is housed within your digestive system. When you take antibiotics or use antibacterial products you are killing the good bacteria, creating a breeding ground for the bad bacteria to take over. When properly balanced, there are trillions and trillions of good bacteria keeping you healthy. When you disturb this balance, you put yourself at risk for digestive problems, poor immune system functioning, and a range of other issues related to leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome has been linked with everything from Autism and ADD/ADHD to inflammation and chronic disease. By improving your gut health, you can dramatically reduce symptoms and even reverse some illnesses altogether.

Kefir is a rich source of probiotics, macro and micronutrients, and countless vitamins and minerals including vitamins B and K, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and proteins, including tryptophan, an essential amino acid known for its calming and relaxing effects.

Kefir has been used to treat allergies, intestinal disorders, atherosclerosis, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disorders like hypertension and anemia, some cancers, mood disorders, ulcers, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, colitis, leaky gut syndrome, UTIs, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Autism, migraines, acne, eczema, psoriasis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, and more.

Kefir has been found to promote bile production, protect against disease, regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, improve blood circulation, slow aging, boost mood, kill candida, support detoxification, build bone density and improve bone health, boost immunity, heal inflammatory diseases, fight allergies, and improve lactose digestion – even in people who are lactose intolerant.

As always, these benefits are even greater in foods sourced from pastured/grass-fed, non-GMO, pesticide free local farms, as they have been shown to be significantly higher in nutrients. Support local and support your health, and see firsthand how you can promote healing by choosing healthier, safer, nutrient-rich foods from sources you can trust.

Coconut Kefir

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

A great companion to raw milk is coconut kefir. This video shows the benefits of coconut kefirs such as probiotics, which help our immune system. This a wonderful fermented food and improves digestion. Enjoy!