​Your Gut??  The good and bad bacteria, probiotic supplements or foods?  Is your gut linked to more than you know? Let’s explore a little.

The balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut is directly related to your physical, mental and emotional moods.  Don’t believe me?  Studies have proven that your gut acts like your second brain.  Yup, 80% of your immune system is located in your gut.  If 80% is there imagine how it can effect the other systems in your body.  The ratio of cells in your gut to your brain are 10 to 1.  Imagine that ratio.  Think we need to focus on gut nutrition?

The microflora; these are the bacteria in your gut that play many roles.  Yes, they aid in digestion but without correct digestion we don’t absorb our vitamins and nutrients correctly leading to type 2 diabetes, mood swings, weight gain and it has even been linked to autism.  Remember we noted that 80% of our immune system comes from our gut so let’s treat it right.  Eating sugar and processed foods will tilt your gut health to cultivate the bad bacteria, just another reason to eat clean.

Probiotics, you’ve all heard of them, now let’s dig a little deeper to understand what foods have them and simply add them to your daily routine.  Choosing to take a probiotic supplement is great but you need at least 20-30 billon bacteria in each capsule and you need to take them correctly.  You can also get them from some foods which have 100 times more probiotics than any supplement.   Note, we need to have a continuos source of good bacteria going into our systems to reproduce them over and over again.  This is not a quick fix, it’s part of your daily routine!

The secret to getting probiotics through your food is so simple it’s…. Fermented foods like:

Tempeh: It’s a natural fermented soybean with a nutty taste and contains all the essential amino acids so it’s a perfect source of protein

Miso paste:  It’s made from barley, rice or soybean and has a bold taste so a little goes a long way, careful this one is high in sodium.

Sauerkraut: It’s cabbage with salt and contains fiber, yum

Kimchi: The Asian Spicy version of sauerkraut, even better, helps boost metabolism because of the spice!

Yogurt: Greek is best but try to get organic make sure the label says “contain live and active cultures”

Kefir: It’s a fermented milk like a drinkable yogurt.  Note the commercial brands have additives so go all natural or organic with this.

Simple right, let’s try it and see, nothing to loose but weight, mood swings and digestive issues, right?