Gut Instinct

The next time you get that ‘gut feeling’, that something is not quite right, listen to your gut. As it turns out, our guts have the same size cortex as our pets do.

Our guts also contain their own type of ecosystem, called the ‘microbiome’. A community of 100 trillion microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) makes us more a bacteria, than we are human. There are 10 times more bacteria cells in our bodies, than human cells with up to 500 different species.

What does any of this have to do with Eating Right?

Well, the old saying goes, ‘You are what you eat.’ Probiotic foods, which I have discussed in this blog before, provide us with good bacteria that help boost our immune systems. But sometimes, we get so sick, that we need antibiotics to get well. The problem with antibiotics is that they don’t only kill the bad bacteria, they also wipe out the good bacteria too. That’s why some people get diarrhea or an upset stomach when taking antibiotics, because they interfere with the balance of the microbiome.

Stay clear of those ‘antibacterial’ products  for the same reasons. Whenever I walk into the doctor’s office, I get the germ heebie jeebies too and my first instinct is to lube up with the antibacterial gel, they conveniently have at the reception desk for all the  other ‘germ phobes’ like me , but the gel is taking away the good bacteria from our skin, making it more difficult for our skin to fight those viruses, which they come in contact with.

Eating natural food or using natural cleaning product is going to help maintain the equilibrium of our brain gut axis.

Since starting my Eating Right journey in January, I can now definitely feel the difference of eating healthy, compared to when I cheat and eat something made in a lab somewhere. I can say that my thinking is clearer, which would support the clean gut theory. After a few months your gut will start influencing what to consume or not.

For Thanksgiving this year we’re picking up our Organic Turkey at Costco at $2.99/lb and Trader Joe’s is about the only place you can get Turkey Stock. Cranberry sauce from scratch is a great departure from the old canned version. Stay clear of the chemical laden imitation pumpkin pies out there and pick up the natural Costco pumpkin pie instead.

We are big fans of left over sandwiches the next day or two. I will start with sourdough and add natural mayo, Braggs Amino Acid (instead of salt), black pepper, Hormel uncured bacon, avocado, Brie, Romaine Hearts with a nice dollop of cranberry sauce.

As we head into the holiday season, it’s going to be tough to eat all the right foods, but when possible I would recommend acting on those gut feelings for a better you and happy holidays.

Probiotics

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that promote a healthy digestive tract, where 60-80% of your immune system can be found. For good gut health the body needs good bacteria (probiotics).

Some excellent choices for adding probiotics to your daily diet include;

Ginger, Kefir, Kimchee, Miso, Sauerkraut, Greek Yogurt, Dark Chocolate (70+%), Green Beans, Olives, Sour Dough Bread, Cottage Cheese, Tempeh, Soft cheeses (cheddar, gouda, parmesan, swiss), beer and wine.

Here are some ways to enjoy these fantastic probiotics;

Grate Fresh Ginger: I add fresh Ginger to my juice schorle every day.

Kimchee: Pick up some at your local Asian store, I add some of Bragg’s Amino Acid to reduce the spiciness.

Miso: You can buy white or red miso paste at Sprouts. Add it to your soup broth or stirfry.