You’ve heard it before, “You are what you eat.”
But have you heard, “You aren’t what you eat, you are what you absorb and assimilate?” Our digestive function is at the root of our health and has the capacity to make us who we are. From mental health, to skin health, good digestive health is at the root of our well-being!
The digestive system houses the majority of our immune system, and is also home to hundreds of thousands of bacteria, both good and bad. We hope for these bacteria to be working harmoniously, however, it is easy to have the bad outweigh the good when it comes to our gut.
Processed foods and foods high in sugar feed the bad bacteria, encouraging them to multiply and overcrowd the beneficial bacteria in our system. When this happens, we start feeling sluggish, are more susceptible to colds and flus, and we may even experience digestive concerns like diarrhea and constipation.
What’s more is that above and beyond the digestive symptoms, we may even start to experience skin changes, and changes in our mood. Luckily, we can fight back with food and supplements such as high quality probiotics that have the capacity to repopulate the beneficial bacteria and heal our digestive tract!
Fruits and vegetables, rich in fiber and enzymes, help to feed the beneficial bacteria so that they can continue to colonize the gut, making us feel less bloated, happier, and overall healthier! Things like garlic, onions, asparagus, cabbage, blueberries, bananas, and apples are excellent foods that help to feed the good bacteria, to help them to survive and thrive.
We can also consume foods rich in probiotics, such as organic, unpasteurized sauerkraut, organic miso, raw kimchii, homemade pickles, and tempeh. All of these foods have undergone fermentation, and through this process, naturally provide our bodies with the beneficial bacterial and enzymes we need.
Healing foods such as simple bone broths and soups are nutrient and mineral rich, providing your body with the support it needs to keep bacteria thriving, and ultimately allowing the body to use the nutrients you have put into your body to give you lasting energy, vibrant skin, a happier mood, and better overall health!