The Microbiome – is it time for a Gut Reset?
The age-old adage ‘you are what you eat’ has never been more significant as our Western diet is killing us from inside out. The more crap we consume, the crappier we feel. The crappier we feel the more processed, sugary, refined food we drown our sorrows in! But not only this, the worse we feel, the more likely we are to head to the GP for pills and potions to make us feel better, and these could just be adding to the load our microbiome in the gut, has to deal with. Whether it’s killing good bacteria (as well as bad) with antibiotics or filling the body with chemicals that just mask symptoms but don’t deal with causes; this dark, dingy place inside us has been severely misunderstood and mistreated!
Good bacteria are vital to support a healthy life, but it’s even possible you were born deficient of a thriving microbiome if your mum took antibiotics whilst you were in the womb!
It’s not all about antibiotics though; the food we eat can hugely influence the climate in our Microbiome. If we do not feed the good bacteria on what they like, the bad bacteria proliferate. And when the bad bacteria proliferate, that means at best low energy, weight gain, brain fog, IBS, intolerances and stomach ulcers, at worst a huge range of autoimmune disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, eczema, and cancer. I am no scientist and do not intend to explain all the details her (it‘s a HUGE subject!), but I can recommend 3 great books that have changed the way I eat forever.
‘The Brain Maker’ by D Perlmutter and
‘The Gut Makeover’ by Jeanette Hyde
‘The Clever Guts Diet’ by Dr Michael Mosley
The science behind this is now so overwhelming, that more and more people are writing books on it, so feel free to explore! We now also know that there are over 100 million neurons in the gut – these are the cells you find in the brain – spread out in a thin mesh from throat to rectum. Which means that we effectively have a ‘second brain’ in our gut, so when we talk about having a ‘gut feeling’ about something – its very true! How we feel emotionally, mentally and physically, is profoundly affected by the health of our microbiome.
Helping your good bacteria to proliferate, is all about taking away/reducing the food that bad bacteria thrive on – for example sugar, dairy, wheat, alcohol, caffeine, processed food and introducing the food that both contains good bacteria and feeds it! Fermented and live foods (Kefir, kombucha, kimchi, yoghurts, some cheeses, etc) and a huge variety of fruit and veg. I’m not saying you have to necessarily give up these ‘treats’ for life – but maybe you need to give your microbiome a chance to rest and re-populate, with the good guys? When the good guys finally outweigh the bad ones (oh and talking about weight, our body is about 50/50 bacteria and gut bacteria alone can weigh 3-5llbs), we start to see some amazing changes.
Having followed the 4 week Gut Makeover recommended in the book, I can totally testify to the life-changing benefits I felt. As I now take my clients through a similar journey during my Frazzled 2 Fabulous gut and health reset course, their results further add proof that the microbiome in the gut really is the biggest missing piece in so many health programmes.
Perhaps it’s time to stop the bad guys in their tracks and bring in a new army of good guys. Just like parts of the Rainforest are being replanted, you too can regenerate the over 1000 different species -that’s 50 trillion diverse creatures inside of you that never see the light of day!
It’s not easy to do this by yourself though. Without the support of a group of likeminded people, also going through the process, you may well be tempted back in to your old habits! Why not join the next Frazzled 2 Fabulous programme and let me guide you through the re-planting process! (oh, as well as balancing out your hormones, losing weight, increasing your mobility & strength, and helping with your mindset).
Yours in health and happy tummy’s