Fibre plays an all-star role in the mini-ecosystem within our body known as the gut microbiota (gut- garden flora). Discover the evolving science surrounding your personal gut microbiota and the ten foods to tenderly cultivate your gut-garden.
Importance of the Gut Microbiota
Science is just uncovering the benefits produced by your gut microbiota garden of primarily bacteria with some fungus and virus and a bit of non-threatening free-loaders. So far we know that the gut microbiota is fundamental to our immune defenses as it shields against opportunistic pathogens; synthesizes vitamins B and K; aids in the absorption of calcium; makes our food digestible; impacts mental and emotional health as well as metabolic functions of energy production and calorie storage.
Comprised of 40 trillion cells, (it only takes 30 trillion cells to make the human body) from 30-40 different microbe species, the gut microbiota was designed to be self-regulating to maintain balance among the microbes of bacteria, fungi and viruses.
However, maintaining balance in this ecosystem has become a challenge for all these little guys in today’s world. The gut-garden flora we humans inherited from a single ancestor some 15 million years ago is essential for sustaining life. Since then, these microbes have evolved for better or worse as a consequence of our environment resulting in unique personal gut-garden microbiota.
Your individual gut-garden got its start in the birth canal and has been altered in numbers and specific microbes ever since by mother’s milk, diet; ingested chemicals, medications and medical treatments involving radiation.
Environmentally-altered imbalances in the gut garden are associated with chronic inflammatory disease, auto-immune conditions, obesity and psychological well-being.
Tending your Gut Garden
The gut-garden flora is dynamic and imbalance can be restored to this delicate ecosystem. Much like tending a garden, discouraging weeds of environmental assaults that destroy the flora and fertilizing growth of healthy flora will allow your gut microbiota to flourish.
A diet of whole, organic foods vegetables and fruit provides the fiber required to fertilize your gut-garden. This necessary fibre is soluble having both simple (fructooligosaccharides) and complex (inulin) features. Plant sources of these two types of fiber include: blue agave extract, bananas, onions, garlic, asparagus, jicama, leeks, chicory root, wild yam and whole grain wheat.
New bacteria microbes can be added to your garden with fermented foods that contain live bacteria such as cow-milk-based kefir and yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, pickled fruit and vegetables and fermented meat, fish and eggs.
Two types of supplements are available to complement your diet to both fertilize and add new microbe flora. Pre-biotics containing both fructooligosaccharides and inulin can fertilize your garden. Probiotics containing a wide variety of strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium common to human guts can add new microbes to your gut garden.
Tending your gut garden with both all-star fibre and fermented foods remain the most natural, effective and least expensive path to a thriving gut-garden microbiota.Sign-up For My Monthly Newsletter -> CLICK HERE
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