All chronic diseases begin in the gut. I always thought and was told that the brain tells the body what to do, but oftentimes it’s the powerful information highway known as the vagus nerve which along with the bacteria and other microbes in our digestive tract, that are sending signals and instructions to our brain.
These signals can dramatically change the way you feel and think for the better or for the worse.
At times it’s the gut telling the brain what to do.
Now we are hearing that this area of the body is one of the most critical factors in our overall wellbeing. There are lots of bacteria living within the human species. The body contain ten times as many bacterial cells as “human” cells. It turns out there’s no sterile place in the body.
These bacteria in your gut consume the foods we eat which then produce the molecules that affect our physiology. The gut microbiome is not just a collection of bacteria, it is a collection of thousands of chemical reactions that produces beneficial or detrimental chemicals in our intestines.
Hence the statement that the bacteria living within our abdomen takes the influx of good, bad, and ugly stuff, breaking them down into forms that the body can utilize. The good news is they’re many ways you can help your gut flora to flourish.
Do you know what the development of the vast majority of autoimmune diseases requires?
To start we can avoid taking antibiotics, when possible, because it can take out the good bacterial in the mucous lining of our gut. Also keeping active can really make a difference. Next, we include foods into our diet that strengthen the microbiome within our belly.
You can easily start by eating fermented foods, like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha, that introduce and maintain healthy bacteria called probiotics into your gut, when consumed regularly. But you can even go a step further by including specific herbs that are just as effective.
We have an immune system that is central to not only fighting off infections but also to interacting with the gut microbiome and interacting with our cells. Good nutrition is one of the keys that help to some degree.
When you start eating foods that are best for you consistently and regularly, your saliva changes to actually finding it more palatable.
This is so true because kale used to taste bitter to me, so I would add a little lemon juice, now it tastes sweet or not bitter at all, without adding any lemon juice.
As your stomach changes so does your body.
Participating in seasonal body detoxification to protect the immune system, feed the good bacteria helping your brain to work better, you are now sleeping better, with joint pains gone and have your thyroid antibodies going down to normal levels is somethings to think about.
Gentian root (Gentiana lutea) is the most classic digestive herb.
Its intense bitter taste helps your body secrete bile which aids you in breaking down fats and storing that energy for later. It’s also an astringent herb which tones the internal tissues of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract!
If interested in kick-starting your digestive system, or as a base for your aperitifs, by adding this herb to your lifestyle do contact me for the recipe in making your own Pre-Dinner digestive bitters blend.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is famous, powerful, and delicious. It has the ability to calm down nausea, boost the immune system, detoxifies the body while regulating your gut and fend off the flu. But did you know that ginger is a digestive ally all around?
Ginger tones your GI tract just like gentian does but has an anti-inflammatory aspect that makes ginger your go-to herb no matter the stomach complaint.
Or you can simply drink ginger tea or add to your cooking whenever possible. This is one of the easiest ways to introduce a healing herb into your diet for immediate and long-term results.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is typically known for its culinary flavors and for its affinity for helping new mothers. But if you ever have a bout of gas in your gut (which can sometimes even be painful), fennel is the perfect herb for you.
It relaxes the muscles and soothes the lining of your gut. Incorporating fennel into your daily life helps your body absorb the nutrients from your food better, develop more regular bowel movements and heal underlying issues like leaky gut.
I have an easy recipe that my family and I love for a fennel syrup that you can add to any tea! Contact me for this recipe also, it will be sent to you within forty-eight hours.
Using any one or a combination of these amazing gut healing remedies is a surefire way to get your tummy and overall gut health back on track.