My entire life I have had issues in the bathroom. Issues going, or, uh… not going, rather. SORRY, TMI! But I know I am not the only one – there are entire clinics for people who suffer from gut health. I know – I have been there! So at the risk of my pride, I hope you can learn from me! This is just ONE small sign your system is out of whack.
In the midst of my issues, I had done some research as to how your digestive system (gut) can affect your overall health. It is surprising the extent an unhealthy gut can take a toll on the human body. The health of your gut affects your entire overall health.
What is a Healthy Gut?
Your gut has good and bad bacteria.
Feed the good bacteria and avoid feeding the bad bacteria
Good bacteria can be replenished with probiotics.
Bad bacteria eat sugar, and unhealthy fat, good bacteria are most healthy with fiber.
To maintain a healthy gut, it is important to eat sufficient probiotics (not the store-bought pills, those are not guaranteed to be beneficial), eat fiber to feed the good bacteria, and limit processed foods to avoid feeding the bad bacteria.
What are Fermented Foods?
Fermented foods provide healthy bacteria to your gut as well as preserves food in a way that allows easier digestion. Popular fermented foods are: sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and traditional vinegar.
Note that there is a difference in pickling and fermenting. White vinegar is often used to pickle, but is not necessarily providing the same benefits as fermenting. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with the mother has a lot of fermented properties.
Gut Health Affects Overall Health.
Healthy bacteria in your gut helps break down your food and absorb nutrients. Too much bad gut bacteria can lead to heart problems, kidney problems, emotions, anxiety, depression, and your overall immunity. When you consume too many of the wrong foods, you may be plagued with mental issues or even extreme health issues. Taking care of your gut will help your overall physical appearance, and extend the longevity and quality of your life.
Physical Signs of Poor Gut Health.
- Low energy
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Interrupted/restless sleep
- Blotchy skin
Put a Plan into Action.
Some intimidating information, isn’t it? I certainly was a little shaken. Not only was my diet affecting my daily comfort, but it could be to blame for my low energy, circles and blotchy skin (now, young kids certainly are not helping this situation…) and could eventually lead me to a life of health issues. I wanted to make some small changes.
I like to live my life in balance, so I am not the kind to jump off the [vegan, keto, paleo, etc…] diet, but I strive to live better than I was yesterday.
My late relatives had a lifestyle that interested me – on the farm. Growing your own food, making your own food, eating less processed food. My great and great-great grandmothers lived long lives and they were healthy for most of it…and I might add – they ate pastries!
Eating whole food and balancing with a homemade treat is NOT BAD. You can indulge, but do not indulge every day or every meal. Simple.
Begin with something small – add 1 fermented/probiotic food a day. Maybe cut out 1 indulgence a day, or even easier – scale it back! Eat 1 serving instead of 5.
Do not forget to add to your overall health by consuming some easy bone broth.
I put together a series of posts that will teach you how to ferment food that is EASY, DELICIOUS and HEALTHY! They are recipes that your whole family will eat. Recipes that can be extremely versatile. This week I will post how to make basic fermenting foods – whey & kombucha. After that, we can dive into fermented fruit, and fermented lemonade.
Kombucha & Whey: Fermenting 101
High Antioxidant Fermented Fruit: Fermented Blueberries
Yummy & Versatile Fermented Apples: Fermented Apples
Refreshing Fermented Beverage: Fermented Lemonade
How do you consume fermented food? What are your favorite fermented foods?
What is the best way you consume healthy fiber?
If you ever have any questions, or ideas for future blogs, comment below or shoot me an email!
From the farm,