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Tuning up your gut microbiome

By Momma Wolf

What would you say if I told you that your body contains only 10% human cells, and the other 90% of your body is made up of micro-bacteria? Hold on – there’s no need to panic, most bacteria are friendly – that’s why they’re called PRO-biotic. Probiotics work in favor of your body, as opposed to ANTI-biotics, which work against your body, but in favor of your harmful bacteria. If you need to take an antibiotic, make sure to repopulate your gut’s microbiome with full spectrum probiotics when you’re finished with the prescription that wiped out the majority of your gut probiotics.

You actually need probiotics to perform most of the processes that make you function, like breathing and fighting off infection. By providing healthy, plant-based (not dairy-based) gut microbes, and full spectrum, balanced amounts of probiotics you may be doing one of THE single most important things you can do for your health.

The RIGHT probiotic micro-bacteria have been linked to amazing health benefits like:

  • Weight loss
  • Improved digestion
  • Clearer skin
  • Anti-aging
  • More energy
  • Better sleep
  • AND greatly reduced risk of many diseases
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Your Microbiome

The friendly micro-bacteria that colonize your gut constitute your microbiome, and they literally carry out the INTELLIGENCE of your immune system. You can get more intelligent probiotics from some foods, like organic goat, sheep, or water buffalo yogurt, kefir and sour cream that have no additives. You can also get it from kombucha and other cultured drinks. The most effective way to get them, however, is from a supplement that is from cultured whole plants, which are very compatible with the human microbiome, as opposed to microbes cultured from cow’s milk, which are more compatible to a cow’s four-stomach digestive system and their ruminating digestive microbiome. If your taking a regular probiotic, and you’re still having digestive and elimination problems, consider changing to a plant-based probiotic supplement.

Unfortunately, 60-70 million people are affected by digestive diseases in the United States alone. And, because only half of them receive a gut disorder diagnosis on their first doctor’s office visit, 60-70 million may be a conservative figure.

The largest population of microbes is a mix of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other single-celled organisms. We are born with the proper amount and ratio of these cells, which populate our gastrointestinal tract, and they can weigh up to four pounds of biomass.

Perhaps the reason commercialized medicine so often overlooks or misdiagnoses gut problems is simple: science and medicine don’t understand them, nor do they prescribe them. Your gut microbiota contains over three million genes, that’s 150 times more diverse than the rest of the human body, and all of them are constantly “reading” the conditions of your gastrointestinal tract. 

If your digestion and elimination are suffering with acid reflux, heart burn, gas, constipation, bloating, cramping, or burping, you may need to have a closer look at your probiotics, your pH, and your food. Consider making some dietary changes and supplementing with plant-based probiotics. 

If you have GERD: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

This condition, and others associated with it, such as heart burn and acid reflux, affects nearly a third of Americans, according to the associate chief of gastroenterology at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Some studies have suggested that more than 15 million Americans experience these symptoms daily. But how many of those 15 million would have checked the gut connection?

Essentially, what happens with GERD is this: the lower valve of the esophagus is allowing stomach content to come back up when it should be keeping food in the stomach.  If you’re experiencing heartburn more than twice a week, and you’re clearing your throat more than usual, it’s more than likely GERD. 

Here’s what you can eat, and what to avoid, in order to ease the conditions of GERD:

If you have Constipation

Although constipation is often symptomatic, meaning it could point to a larger issue, there are certainly ways to bring ease to the digestive process.

For example, if you’re chronically constipated, as in never feeling fully empty, needing to strain or push during a bowel movement, passing hard or lumpy stools, or only eliminating a few times per week instead of once or twice daily, it’s likely you need more fruit and fiber in your diet. Fruit delivers lots of easy to digest nutrients that improve mucous production in the fecal matter, which bonds the fiber together. And Fiber increases the water content in stool, which makes it heavier and easier to pass through your intestines. 

Here are some of the ways you can start to ease constipation with your daily food intake:

With the right amount of high nutrient foods and friendly bacteria in your gut, you’ll keep your acid low, your digestive tract fully functional, your energy high, and you’ll get a boost of the kind of support you need to live your Vital Health Life.

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Resources

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Momma Wolf is a Master Herbalist and Nutritionist with a Doctor of Raphaology Medicine degree from “Washitaw Wisdom College”, issued by the Tribal Nation of Washitaw, and a Doctoral Degree in Raphaology Medicine from the “United Nations University of Ancient Knowledge” awarded for the Curriculum she co-developed for the United Nation’s indigenous members. She is a Professor, published author, accomplished healing practitioner, supplement formulator, and sustainability activist with a global education and over 35 years of applied experience. Momma Wolf has a passion for organic farming, eco-villages, making soil with red worms, and loves sprouting, cheese making, animals, crystals, and being a grandmomma

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