1. From “How to Cultivate Awesome Gut Health“:
“Newsflash: you’re only half-human! Turns out your body has roughly the same amount of bacteria as human cells. So half of you is bacteria.
Don’t freak out! They come in peace. In fact, they’re responsible for helping to keep you alive. Virtually every organ and system in your body is able to function properly because of bacteria that call your gut home.
The flipside? If that bacteria is out of whack, you can become quite unhealthy.
That’s a pretty massive impact. Knowing this, it seems we’d all want to understand how to keep our bacterial balance at an optimal level, right?
That’s what we’ve set out to do. What follows is a comprehensive guide to the gut, the microbiome, the effects of having a gut that’s healthy versus unhealthy, and the simplest ways to fix your gut health.
Spoiler: the best thing you can do is lay off the pills and feed your microbiome with polyphenol-rich foods.”
2. Links about gut health:
3. FODMAPs and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: (for those of us who suffer from extreme digestion problems):
If your gut is upset often, you probably have an allergy to something you are eating. Keep a food journal for 3-5 days and record all yu eat. the best way to find the troublemakers is to go to a very basic food plan. Monash Universitey has food lists of high and low FODMAP foods.
From the Monash website:
“FODMAPs are a group of sugars that are not completely digested or absorbed in our intestines. When FODMAPs reach the small intestine, they move slowly, attracting water. When they pass into the large intestine, FODMAPs are fermented by gut bacteria, producing gas as a result. The extra gas and water cause the intestinal wall to stretch and expand. Because people with IBS have a highly sensitive gut, ‘stretching’ the intestinal wall causes exaggerated sensations of pain and discomfort.”
4. From mbg–Dr. james S. Gordon–“6 Basic Principles of Using Food as Medicine“.