The food we eat not only feeds our cells, but also determines what kind of inner “garden” we are growing in our guts. This “garden” is filled with bacteria that determine more about your mental, emotional and gut health than you ever imagined! Getting your gut bacteria healthy is one of the most important things you can do to get and stay healthy. If your bacteria are sick, so are you!
Beneficial bacteria play a large role in gut health. Did you know that there are just as many bacteria in the body as our own cells?! It isn’t until after we are born that we begin to create our “garden” with our first exposure based on our mother’s existing bacteria, whether good or bad. Toddlers often inherently colonize their gut by eating everything, dirt included.
Gut bacteria help to digest and absorb foods. But even better, gut bacteria can boost immunity by reinforcing the barrier in your intestine that prevents pathogens from seeping into your body. When your intestine leak food, bacteria, and pathogens into your body it is called, leaky gut syndrome. Other digestive problems linked to poor gut health like IBS, Crohn’s disease, Celiac’s disease, and allergies could also benefit from a healthy dose of probiotics.
The good news is that you can boost your gut health!
Here are a few things you can do to boost your probiotic balance and gut health:
- Avoid Antibiotics whenever possible. This will deplete all bacteria, whether good or bad.
- Consume fermented foods like kombucha, kefir, and kimchi. These are natural sources of probiotics which add to the number of bacteria available for your gut.
- Avoid simple sugars on a regular basis. When consumed regularly, these foods will deplete the good bacteria existing in your gut.
- Consume high quality bone broth daily. Bone broth not only seals your gut for improved digestion and immunity, but it also creates a healthy environment for the good bacteria to flourish.
The more diverse your bacterial “garden”, the more effective it is at ensuring gut health which directly impacts overall health. By regularly consuming foods like bone broth, you will create an environment in your body that allows you to retain vitality, strength, and health.