Your Gut is Your Garden
Each spring the first shoots of green start to emerge, offering hope for a new season of growth and renewal. This is the time we begin to think about planting a garden. Well, your gut microbiome IS a garden, and you are the gardener!
You must nourish your garden well to support your health. I talk to so many people with gut issues these days. How can you feel your best when your gut doesn’t feel quite right?
So let’s talk about your microbiome and how you are tending this precious garden.
We call the microbes that inhabit our bodies, including our gut flora, the human microbiome. There are twice as many bacterial cells as human cells in the body. In fact, most of the DNA in your body is microbial. Our microbiome generally plays a beneficial role synthesizing important nutrients and hormones that are essential for our health. These microbes perform many of the processes involved in digestion of the food we eat and breaking down and removing toxins. The microbiome is essential to our immune system and our mental health.
A garden that is not well tended can get overgrown with weeds. The more you abuse it the more likely that only the hardiest of weeds will grow.
So how can you best prepare your microbiome garden in this time of hope for renewal?
- Eliminate processed foods, preservatives, emulsifiers and ingredients in packaged foods that can kill the good bacteria.
- Drink only spring or filtered water. Chlorinated tap water will kill your good gut bacteria.
- Triple wash any fresh greens from the grocery store, recycled water used in agriculture can plant weeds in your garden.
- Buy your own food, know its source and learn to cook. Food is your fertilizer, know what’s in it.
6. Pay attention, trust your gut notice how you feel and learn from your mistakes. The best gardener is observant and vigilant.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll be flourishing in no time.
*use the discount code poopqueen for 20% off at Nirvana Biome, to test your microbiome