Why has bloating become normal? Abdominal pain and diarrhea is now also a normal part of life. Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel syndrome or multiple allergies without explanation?! A lifetime of pain and restrictions…?! This has not always been.
We have accepted this as normal when it is far from it! These are just the beginning! They lead to many chronic problems and diseases, a lifetime of medications and even surgery. The age these begin to appear is getting younger and younger.
Know the truth.
Continued pain, bloating and diarrhea are not normal! These things are like a warning light that comes on and needs to be looked after. It’s never a good idea to leave your low fuel light on and not fill up your car… So with our bodies we need to listen to the warnings and do something about it! These symptoms are not good and should not stay. Our bodies are not made to be sick and stay sick. They want to heal. Our bowel movements should be easy! When you eat, you should not get bloated. You should feel good, energized, free and not have extra weight on our hips! – Before reading this post please visit–The root of excellent health –
What we need before anything else… GUT BACTERIA! Otherwise known as Gut Micro-flora. Inside your intestines live billions of micro-flora! These are communities of micro-organisms including bacteria, fungi and algae. These are extremely important for starting to take control of your health! Micro-flora lines the intestines reinforcing the walls that protect against harmful pathogens. Even as our poop sits in our bowels, if they are not protected, the fecal waste can get stuck and start leaking into our system. Our bowels desperately need bacteria to keep things moving along and cleaning out our system.
- The cells in our Gut out number the rest of the cells in our body 10/1.
- There are 100 Trillion bacteria in our intestines.
- Out of those are 500 different species of bacteria.
Some common names of good bacteria are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These good bacteria produce Butyrate Acid. This acid protects the lining of your intestinal walls by producing mucus to cover them. The body is incredibly designed and does many amazing things! However, this is important so let us keep it easy to understand. As you can see bacteria takes over our digestive system!
What does good bacteria do and why do we need it?
Good bacterium digests certain foods like carbs and starches. It absorbs their nutrients, and without it food may not be digested properly. It also keeps bad bacteria that grows under control. Since 70-80% of immune cells are in the intestines, good bacteria trains the immune system to fight off pathogens and bad bacteria. They teach the immune system what is harmful or not harmful and familiar or not familiar. If there is not enough good bacteria the immune system could overreact. That is one way how we can develop allergies and abnormal conditions in the body. To sum it up: good bacteria plays a very big role in our body’s ability to fight off disease and sickness. The following will give you a good idea of what is linked to not enough good bacteria.
- Lactose intolerance
- Leaky Gut
- Auto-immune diseases
- And many more!!
The secret is Balance.
Our bowels need a healthy balance of Good and Bad bacteria. This leads to a clean and healthy organ system which runs our body! We need a good balance of 85% good bacteria and 15% bad. The Good bacteria needs to run the show. It limits the growth of bad bacteria and fights for control of your colon. Don’t worry about percentage.. That is just an example to say that we need the majority of good bacteria and just a bit of the bad. Our body is not able to naturally make good bacteria so we need to replenish it with what we put in our bodies.
How do we achieve this balance?
There are many possible ways to achieve this, but I will try to keep it simple and give you what I believe works best in my experience and research! I know our lives are very busy with work, kids and entertainment, but we can do this by just adding these gradually in our life!
As I mentioned in my post “the root cause” the basic things we need to always be doing are –
- Eating lots of fiber. (Avocado, green veggies, lentils, berries, nuts and seeds)
- Pure water
- Limiting stress
- Make sure we are eating natural, local and whole raw food!
- Stay away from sugar and processed!
Probiotics!? This is living good bacteria that we put in our bodies in order to replenish the needed levels for a healthy gut. You can find different kinds.. These are simple and work the best! Especially with kids! What I find works great is
- Yogurt contains probiotics, although be careful of what you buy because a lot of brands are full of sugar and artificial additives.
- A Probiotic Powder is easy to put in yogurt or whatever you are eating. The higher the number of “billions” of bacteria the better. Don’t go less than 10 billion. And make sure the 2 strands of bacteria I mentioned above are in it.
Fermented foods are awesome! There are lots to choose from but the following are simple and the best in my experience. Click on the following.
- Kiefer. Is a form of natural good bacteria. You can buy it but I’d strongly sujest making it at home yourself!
- Komboucha. Also filled with good bacteria.Again, you can buy or make it yourself. We make it and my kids love it! Since it is fermented it has a zing to it. The girls call it Boucha-pop! And it works great for us all.
All of these are great for your gut. I am positive that things will start moving again! There won’t be any more plumbing issues after the above is implemented!
Lastly, how do we tell that we have a good balance?
It is all in how your bowels are acting. Check out the toilet before flushing! If your bowel movements are easy and consistent with healthy poop then that is a good sign things are going well. No bloating. No pain.
A really good sign is that your belly feels good and looks good!