Tuesday March 8, 2016
Are you struggling with weight loss? Allergies? Upset stomach or digestive issues? You may feel like these symptoms are unrelated or just “part of life,” but that’s your first mistake.
Your second mistake is not paying enough attention to the health of your gut, often the main cause of those annoying daily symptoms.
The Western diet, particularly the high doses of fat and sugar it piles on our plates, has a number of major detrimental effects on the digestive system, specifically your gut and your gut’s bacteria.
You may think it’s gross to talk about your gut, (especially the bacteria in your gut!) but this is a serious subject that Westerners in particular need to discuss more openly. The fact is, you need bacteria in your body, at least 100 trillion in fact, and we’ll show you why.
We’ll also provide you with 4 ways to keep your gut healthy, so you can be proactive against the annoying symptoms of an unhealthy gut!
Why Your Gut Matters
Microbiota, probiotics, prebiotics, lactobacillus...these unfamiliar words can sound like they’re being spouted by a mad scientist. In reality, these are all just fancy names for the good-guy bacteria in your body and the foods that support them. They provide key benefits to improve your quality of your life.
Benefits of Having Enough “Good Bacteria”
- Easier extraction of key nutrients from your food
- Synthesization of vitamins you otherwise could not make
- Help in digestion of proteins
- Reduction of inflammation
- Build-up of a stronger immune system against bad bacteria
- Reduced emotional stress
You need lots of the right kinds of bacteria to get these good benefits. Many researchers believe the good bacteria work by outcompeting bad bacteria in the body which cause problems. The symptoms of deficiency can range from daily annoyance to dangerous health complications:
Effects of Bacteria Deficiency
- Stomach pains and cramps
- Gastrointestinal pains
- Increased risk for parasitic infections
- Struggles with obesity
- Possible insulin resistance
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Increased risk of heart disease
Research suggests that taking care of bacterial strains in your body is a lot harder than, say, taking a Vitamin C supplement. Improving the health of your gut requires committed maintenance, but doing so guarantees a richer life with richer bacteria over time.
Here are some ideas to help get your gut health back on track!
4 Ways to Maintain Your Gut
High Fiber Fruits and Vegetables.
The easiest way to help the bacteria in your gut is by enjoying a more plant-based diet. Fruits and veggies high in fiber give the bacteria in your digestive tract the tools they need to extract nutrients from the food and build stronger communities, which means a stronger immune system!
It’s especially important to eat your fruits and veggies raw. Learn why this is by clicking here!
Examples of fruits high in fiber include bananas, raspberries, and exotic fruits like guava and noni fruit. Vegetables to increase in your diet include dark leafy greens, carrots, beets, broccoli, and artichokes.
Fermented foods are full of safe, beneficial bacteria, which help the bacteria already there to reduce inflammation and out compete harmful bacteria.
Fermented foods may sound, smell, and look odd, but chances are you already eat fermented foods more often than you think. Common fermented foods in the West include yogurt, sauerkraut, some kinds of pickles, and even natural chocolates! But make sure you purchase varieties that are still raw, live foods, not options that are processed into oblivion!
Tempeh, cultured soymilk, and kimchi are more common in eastern cultures and provide a tasty kick to your dinner as you give your gut some much needed attention. You’ll acquire a taste for these unusual foods more often than you think — your body knows what’s good for it, and your taste buds will adapt quickly.
Note: We emphasize fermented foods and not drinks because common fermented drinks like beer and juices (especially noni juice!) can actually harm your natural bacteria, flushing your probiotic microbes out of your system and harming your gut’s lining.
Stress Relieving Exercise
Taking care of your gut’s bacteria is not only restricted to your diet. You also need to move your body to keep your gut healthy and allow the bacteria to distribute their benefits to your body!
We aren’t saying you have to join a hard-core pilates class and start running marathons. At-home yoga, a daily walk around the block, and even house cleaning each day can do wonders! If you are looking for a little more exercise, try going for a jog or joining a dance class with friends.
Raw, Organic Noni Fruit Leather
Both of these fruit leathers heal your body from the inside out by putting over 165 beneficial compounds to work battling inflammation, nourishing your cells, and yes, improving the health of your digestive tract!
How Noni Helps Your Gut
- Helps reduce chronic & acute pain
- Boosts and regulates immune response
- Anti-parasitic, fights “bad” gut bacteria (including E. coli and Salmonella)
- Reduces inflammation associated with allergies & disease
- Beneficial enzymes support digestion
- Balances blood sugar levels
- Antioxidant defense against free radicals
- High levels of soluble and insoluble fiber
- Natural energy booster encourages you to exercise
If you can commit to these four gut maintenance tips, your whole body will feel better in no time!
How has Noni Fruit Leather improved your quality of life — especially with regards to your digestive system? Let us know in the comments!