Gut Instincts – You’re not only feeding yourself…

Wanna hear something pretty neat?

The human body contains over 10 times more microbial cells than human cells. We are more bacteria than “us”. Of course, their cells are much smaller and thus we are only just now beginning to notice and appreciate their role. We live our lives virtually unaware of the billions of micro-organisms we share our bodies with, but researchers have now made the microbiome one of the highest priorities in nutrition science.

Some regard it as a “newly discovered organ” since its existence was not generally recognized until the late 1990s. It has only recently become clear that these symbiotic partners of ours have an overwhelming impact on human health.

The human microbiome may have a role in auto-immune diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and some cancers. A poor mix of microbes in the gut may also aggravate common obesity. Since some of the microbes in our body can modify the production of neurotransmitters known to be found in the brain, we may also find some relief for schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and other neuro-chemical imbalances.

Our over-reliance on antibiotics plays a role in all of the above disease becoming more prevalent in modern times, as these drugs wipe out the good bacteria along with the bad. There is a balance to be kept here, and each of our bodies have individual profiles of microbe populations that respond to what we eat and drink, as well, in various ways.

Note the dramatic and long term impact on the balance.

You see, other than viruses or parasites, there are no bad guys here, it is rather a question of a balanced relationship between yeasts, bacteria,
members of domain Archaea, yeasts, and single-celled eukaryotes as well as various helminth parasites and viruses, the latter including viruses that infect the cellular microbiome organisms (e.g., bacteriophages, the viruses of bacteria).

A lot still needs to be studied, but it is generally accepted that fiber from a diverse and substantial amount of veggies, along with their diverse microbiomes, can help heal a damaged gut and maintain a vibrant one.

Probiotics, aka: Good Bacteria, from cultured and fermented foods, help reintroduce and maintain a healthy balance in the gut. The more sugars, processed foods, and food chemicals we eat, the more likely the balance will be upset.

Unless you have already looked into this topic, you may not appreciate how big of a deal this is. To heck with the title “newly discovered organ”, the gut is more like “our second brain”. A growing number of researchers are echoing this sentiment. I encourage you to find a few minutes sometime this week and check out this article –> Gut instincts: The secrets of your second brain .

So, with what we know about how these communities of micro-organisms affect what we crave, how we feel, our mood, and more, one can’t help but wonder… Who’s steering this ship, anyway? More to come on this topic, for sure!

We evolved to eat a LOT of vegetables, along with other whole foods, of course, and that’s been my biggest goal in my own diet and the recipes I create for HealthSavor since day one. When you actually eat the recommended 5-7 servings, or more, of vegetables in a day, you feel it. It is kind of like this fog has been lifted and you feel like you found a shortcut to longevity and a more clear, happy, alert, and driven experience.

This week is no departure from this goal. It’s a really tasty way to meet the requirements of a mega nutritious diet, and about as convenient as humanly possible. It is always rewarding for us to look at the giant refrigerators full of food, made with a fusion of hard work, science and love, that’s about to go out to so many of our friends, new customers, doctors, teachers, students, new moms, and hospitals. It does our hearts good to know that we can be sure at least a certain group of people will be well-nourished this week.

~Chef Brandon and the HealthSavor team

About Chef Brandon

bkaleChef Brandon Schlunt is co-owner of HealthSavor, a Cincinnati Ohio based healthy, organic, gluten-free meal delivery service, created to help busy families, individuals and children eat nutritious meals easily and affordably. Chef Brandon focuses on helping his customers lose weight, lower their blood sugar and feels very honored to have earned the trust of many doctors, students, parents, athletes, and on-the-go businessmen and women all over the city. In his non-existent spare time, Chef B enjoys music, hanging with his daughter and fiance, and continuing his education in nutrition.

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