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10 THINGS TO AVOID FOR A HEALTHY GUT
01 October

10 THINGS TO AVOID FOR A HEALTHY GUT

Not all bacteria are harmful to your health. In fact, research has shown that some bacteria are actually beneficial to supporting your immune system as well as your digestive system. These groups of “good” bacteria are referred to as “friendly bacteria” or “Probiotics”, meaning “for life” and live in and on your body. In our bodies, bacteria outnumber our cells by more than 10 to 1! The vast majority are found in our intestines.

Not all bacteria are harmful to your health. In fact, research has shown that some bacteria are actually beneficial to supporting your immune system as well as your digestive system. These groups of “good” bacteria are referred to as “friendly bacteria” or “Probiotics”, meaning “for life” and live in and on your body. In our bodies, bacteria outnumber our cells by more than 10 to 1! The vast majority are found in our intestines.

 Pro-biotics, meaning “for-life”

Anti-bioitics, meaning “against-life”

 Bacteria are living organisms. Good bacteria are always competing with bad bacteria (such as E. coli, Salmonella) for growth and dominance. Think about this balance as a neighborhood. You always want good neighbors to strengthen the community. Friendly bacteria will run the bad bacteria “out of town” as they compete for dominance and help direct a healthy immune response to other invaders such as viruses and fungus.

 Did you know… up to 70% off your immune system cells resides in your gut? It only makes sense to maintain a healthy gut. Friendly bacteria can modulate immune responses (lymphocyte and phagocyte activity), help breakdown food as it passes in the gut, produce additional enzymes, create B vitamins, and defend our body by outcompeting invading pathogens. Average adult have about 2 pounds of bacteria in their gut.

10 THINGS TO AVOID

STRESS – any real or perceived threat (physically or emotionally) can alter gut motility, gastric secretions and changes the composition of gut bacteria. Set time to relax and manage stress levels.

ALCOHOL / SODA – Limit or avoid alcohol and soda consumption. Hydrate with filtered water. 

PESTICIDES / CHEMICALS – residue on food can alter bacterial balance. Choose organic, non-GMO, pesticide and chemical free foods. 

MEDICATIONS – drugs such as antibiotics, kill bacteria, both bad and good. In the 2013 CDC Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, it is reported that research has shown that as much as 50% of the time, antibiotics are prescribed when they are not needed or they are misused. If treatment is absolutely necessary, increase intake of probiotic rich foods and supplements to restore balance. 

CONVENTIONAL MEATS – grown with antibiotics to prevent disease and promote growth of the livestock can contain antibiotic residues. Choose organically grown meats and nitrite/ nitrate free sandwich meats. 

TRAVEL – traveling especially to foreign countries can increase your exposure to strains of bacteria that you may not be used to. This can alter the balance. When you do travel consider boosting your gut health with OneBode Live – before, during and shortly after. 

OVERUSE OF LAXATIVES – for temporary bowel relief can increase the excretion of residential friendly bacteria and can alter the balance. A healthier choice to consider is making sure you get enough fiber in your day. Supplements such as OneBode Remove support healthy movement. 

ENEMAS – in practice, is a jumpstart to mild colon cleansing and support bowel regularity. This can increase the excretion of residential friendly bacteria and alter the balance. Some enema services now incorporate an inoculation of probiotics after treatment. If not, you can supplement with OneBode Live to help replenish healthy probiotic strains in the gut. 

PROCESSED / PACKAGED FOODS – that have been heated and pasteurized do not contain probiotics. Limit processed foods and switch out to fresh and living foods. Processed foods also are a source of unwanted “added sugar”.

LOW FIBER DIET – can reduce bowel motility and keep in potentially harmful bacteria in the gut to grow. A high fiber diet can support and healthy digestive system and promote regularity. Fiber is also a source of fuel for probiotics. Food for probiotics are referred to as “prebiotics”.

EAT LIVING FOODS

Fermented foods is a “living” food source of friendly bacteria. Traditionally, many societies around the world consume fermented food regularly. In modern societies, these foods have been replaced with pasteurized, cooked and processed foods that do not contain probiotics. Eat and drink living fermented foods (sauerkraut, kim-chee, miso, kombucha)  as a condiment or side dish. Fermented foods contain living friendly bacterial cultures and can be made at home or purchased at a health food store. NOTE: sauerkraut purchased in a can off the shelf has been pasteurized during the manufacturing process which kills all bacteria, including the good ones. Canned foods do not contain probiotics. 

For easy recipes: look up lacto-fermented pickled vegetables.

 

SUPPLEMENT WITH PROBIOITCS.

       OneBode Live, contains a blend of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria and other probiotics as a source of good daily probiotics.  

       OneBode Flo, contains enzymes in a blend of a maintenance supply of probiotics. 

What about yogurt, kefir and other dairy products? Dairy products have been commercialized as a source of daily probiotics. If you choose to eat dairy, look for organic varieties with “live active cultures”. Once the products have been pasteurized for packaging and distribution, they do not contain live cultures. Probiotics must be added back into the food with “live active cultures”. Also read the label to avoid “high fructose corn syrup”.

 

ONGOING BALANCE 

There are many things that can disrupt your bacterial balance and fortunately, you can easily influence a healthy balance through food selections. 

Trust your gut.

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