Most people have no idea that their gut is their “second brain”.
It’s often referred to this way, because besides the brain itself – your gut really is the main organ that dictates your health and quality of life.
A healthy gut is one of the true secrets to your longevity and avoiding dis-ease. And yet, it’s often the most overlooked.
Get the balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria right and you’ll hardly ever get sick.
Get it wrong and you’re in for a lifetime of niggles, inflammation and eventual disease.
Your gut microbiome is the complex ecosystem of bacteria or “community of microbes” that live in your digestive system.
You must have enough flora (good bacteria) in your gut to deal with the fauna (bad bacteria) to ensure the right pH balance.
This is critical for your long-term health and it’s also the vital key to a strong immune system, healthy digestion and staying lean.
Not only that, a healthy gut will help you to:
- stay regular and avoid digestive problems
- eliminate and heal symptoms of leaky gut
- have awesome energy, and
- squash your appetite so that you’re a lot less hungry.
So which foods should you be paying attention to on a daily basis to ensure a healthy gut..
- A Clean Diet Rich in Plant Foods – build towards a diet that is about 80% fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and ancient grains like lentils, buckwheat and quinoa;
- Pro-Biotics – these are live cultures that help to cleanse the gastrointestinal tract and fight off the bad bacteria. They primarily come from “fermented foods” like organic live cultured dairy i.e. yoghurts, cheeses, sour cream, kefir and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut. Drinks like Kombucha and even the odd naturally fermented beer and wine with no preservatives are also healthy choices;
- Good Fats and Oils – Avoid refined oils like canola, corn and soybean oil and include fats like grass-fed butter, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil. Cook with coconut oil because it has a high heat point. Drizzle EVOO on to your salads each day.
It’s important to begin eliminating all inflammatory foods from your diet, including refined carbohydrates and grains like white rice, white pasta and white flour, packaged foods and all processed sugars.
Start making these steps a daily habit and you’ll go a long way to avoiding all kinds of health issues which begin in the gut and you’ll feel so much better for it.
I’d love to hear your comments and feedback in the ‘comments’ section below.
Zane Truscott is the Founder & CEO at Fortune Events – the official promoter and events facilitator for Don Tolman (a.k.a. “The wholefood medicine man”), since 2006 in Australia and New Zealand. He’s a wellness facilitator, personal growth strategist, fitness enthusiast, advanced yogi, mountain biker, martial arts black belt, business owner, husband to Inga of 20 years and proud Dad to their three daughters, Arki, Milla & Georgie.
- Author: Zane Truscott
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- On: 14 Dec | '2018