A friend of mine discussed a topic with me and I wanted to share with all of you! It’s about gut flora. What is gut flora? In short, it’s the microorganisms/good bacteria that live in our intestines. These microorganisms are important because they help with digestion and the production of vitamins B and K.They also play a role in our immune system and fight other microorganisms that are harmful. Having healthy gut flora is essential to ensuring proper digestive functioning.
Where does gut flora come from? We acquire our initial foundation for gut flora at birth, which has been passed down through generations. Therefore our great grandmothers’ played a role in the gut flora that’s in us today. During childbirth, fluid from the birth canal is swallowed by the baby and the quality of the mom’s gut flora in that fluid will enter the newborn’s digestive tract. And our mom got her first dose of gut flora from her mom, who got it from her mom and so on.
What are the benefits of having healthy gut flora during early childhood? It will help build a strong immune system and prevent skin rashes and other infections. It also provides a base for a healthy functioning brain and body and reduce the chance of behavioural conditions like attention disorders. Thus, having a healthy diet is extremely important, because it not only affects us, but also our children and our children’s children.
So the real question – how do you ensure that you have healthy gut flora? Simply eating healthy and not being stressed. Stress wreaks havoc on the body, especially our digestion system and not having a balanced diet can cause long-term stress. Find out if you have any food sensitivities or intolerances and eliminate these foods from your diet. These can include gluten, casein (dairy protein), nuts, eggs, grains, etc. Also, get rid of processed foods! Food additives, chemicals and other crap ingredients are unrecognized by our bodies because we aren’t meant to consume it!
Having healthy gut flora will improve your life in so many ways. You will have good functioning digestion and absorption, regular bowel movements, nourished organs, better energy, clear skin, balanced hormones, clear thinking, no sugar cravings and the list goes on. So choose to eat healthy today!