Is your stomach full of bad intestinal bacteria that are making you fat?
Chances are, this might just be the case, considering our overconsumption of substances which kills the friendly bacteria, for example: antibiotics, leftover pesticides from crops and drinking water, alcohol, pain-killing medication (NSAID’s), and sugary food. All of the above eliminate the beneficial bacteria, and provide a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. This is called dysbiosis. An imbalance between the life forms that flourish in your digestion. (By the way, you have 10 times as many bacteria inside- and on your body, than you have cells!)
Why is this problematic?
- First of all, up to 80% of your immune system is located in the intestines. Your immune system will seek the bacteria located in the digestive system.
- Approximately 80% of the production of serotonin, a neuro transmitter, takes place in the gut.
- 99% of your DNA stems from the DNA of the bacteria.
- You have fewer genes compared to a fruit fly, a carrot, or a flower. In return, your genes communicate with the microbes in your digestive system.
- In addition to that, your intestinal wall is no thicker than the width of one cell – as thin as the cornea of your eye.
Hundreds of studies have shown how a dysbiosis in the intestinal system may form different autoimmune diseases, and weaken your immune system.
Secondly, your intestinal flora may affect your metabolism – your ability to burn calories.
Some of the “bad bacteria” produce a toxin called lipopolysaccharides (LPS). An unhealthy digestion will quickly turn in to huge producer of LPS, which is absorbed in to the blood stream through the intestinal wall, and cause great damage to your body.
Lipopolysaccharides are known to:
- Affect the production of metabolic hormones, which may cause symptoms of a slow metabolism.
- Create new fat cells
- Increase your risk of insulin resistance (early signs of type 2 diabetes)
The well-being of your digestion system is vital for your health – AND your weight!
On the PleasureDiet, an entire section is devoted exclusively to balancing the digestive system – remove any dysbiosis (such as IBS, bloating, candida over-growth, diarrhoea, and constipation) and provide beneficial bacteria.
HOW TO NOURISH YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
With everything you know now, I would like to give you the opportunity to start nourishing your digestive system right away. To do this, I have found 3 super sufficient methods to nourish your digestion system and to boost the levels of good bacteria that will help combat those toxin-producing, bad bacteria.
Kombucha is a true health elixir, made from fermented green tea. It is full of beneficial substances which nourish skin and connective tissue, strengthens the immune defence, and helps the body detoxify heavy metals. Last but not least, kombucha holds the friendly probiotic bacteria. You can ferment your own kombucha at home, or buy this delicious bubbly drink from health food stores.
You can find the recipe to make your own kombucha here.
Kefir is a probiotic drink (pro-bio means “for life.” Anti-bio means “against life.”). Kefir can be made from either kefir grains or from a pulverized starter-culture, which can be used to sour milk – but one can also make “water kefir.” During fermentation the kefir culture feeds on the sugar and thereby forms a nourishing probiotic beverage that is loaded with beneficial bacteria. By the way, in Turkish “kefir” means happiness or well-being ☺ You can buy kefir from well-assorted health food stores, which are usually fermented milk (and tastes exactly like yoghurt).
Fermented vegetables are packed with enzymes and probiotics. It is easy to digest because the process of fermentation pre-digests the vegetables. Furthermore, fermentation increases the content of bio-available nutrients. Sauerkraut is easy to make on your own, but personally I also enjoy being able to buy a ready-made glass in my local health food store. I love mixing it in to salads which tastes amazing.
You can find my recipe for making home-made sauerkraut here.