Digestive Health 101: The Army Within

Did you know that you have 10 times more bacteria in your body than you have cells?

Believe it or not, you have trillions of them! They live on your skin, in your mouth, but mostly, in your digestive tract.

In our anti-bacterial, super-sanitized society, that information may be a little hard to digest; but as researchers immerse themselves in studying the human microbial world, they’re finding that the very bacteria that live inside of us could very well affect our health more so than our genes do.

Think of your “good” gut bacteria as tiny warriors that fight for you, and keep any pathogens and toxins you take in from making you sick. If you provide them with the weapons they need to do their work, they will be strong. If not, they’re less likely to protect you from “bad” bacteria and other foreign invaders.

Being that most of this bacteria calls your digestive system home, it makes sense that food would be the main tool that fuels their strength, doesn’t it? While researchers participating in the American Gut project cannot confirm exactly what type of diet might spark the healthiest makeup of beneficial bacteria, according to Michael Pollan, few of them have any doubt that processed foods “are altering our gut microbiome in troubling ways.

The good news is that even if your gut has become a war zone, chances are, it’s not too late to build it back up, bite by bite. By crowding out the questionable food choices, and replacing them with the pure, clean food that your body actually recognizes, you can rebuild your army of good bacteria, and give your body a fighting chance to heal.

Like the roots of a tree, your digestive system needs clean, pure nutrients and water to grow and thrive. Being that processed food contains many additives, preservatives, colorings, chemicals, and pesticides, minimizing your intake of them would be the first step in building an army of disease-fighting gut bacteria.

As Michael Pollan, author of The New York Times Magazine article, Some of my Best Friends are Germs, puts it:

“The less food is processed, the more of it that gets safely through the gastrointestinal tract and into the eager clutches of the microbiota.”

Makes sense, right?

The problem is, with so many tempting prepared foods available, and so much conflicting nutrition information everywhere you look, transitioning away from processed foods to really pure, clean food is not so easy for many families. You could have the best of health intentions, and still be led astray by misinformation, or a “no time to cook” type of lifestyle.

That’s why I’ve created a special report for you. Detox your Diet in 3 Simple Steps is designed for any parent who is motivated to make the gradual changes that could make a very large difference in a family member’s life. It doesn’t involve a short term “cleanse” or a one-size-fits-all approach.  Think of it as an easy to implement, 3 step system for slowly replacing old nutritional habits with all new, life-changing ones.

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Are you ready to take the first step toward restoring your digestive health, by building up the army of “good” bacteria in your gut?

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For the second post in this new series, here’s Digestive Health 102: The Healthy Soil/Gut Bacteria Connection.

Welcome to the Transformed by Food Community!  Have a healthy, happy day.

About Dawn

As a Certified Health Coach, I provide motivated individuals with the resources, tools, support and encouragement they need to make the gradual changes in food and lifestyle that could completely transform their lives. Contact me.
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