Optimize Your Gut Microbiome Naturally
- Eliminate sugars and processed foods
- Avoid artificial sweeteners!!!!!
- Avoid antibacterial anything
- Keep away from all other chemicals
- Choose organic when possible
One of our members had a great question:
If I use organic honey as sweetener, does it give the same effect as eliminating sugar? – Irina H.
Your gut microbiome influences everything from your state of mind to your physical health, weight, etc.
So here just a quick list to get you started….
1. Eliminate sugars and processed foods
One of the best and least expensive ways to optimize your gut microbiome is to eliminate sugars and processed sugars and eat traditionally fermented foods (think yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi)!
At occasions, to give you a quick boost for example after a round of antibiotics or a stomach flu, probiotic supplements can be beneficial.
2. Avoid artificial sweeteners!!!!!
They are poisonous to your internal biome and in addition now are being linked to all sort of brain issues such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson etc. NOT worth it!
3. Avoid antibacterial anything
Hand sanitizer, soaps etc unless you really really got icky because someone with a major cold rubbed all over you or something. You can hardly avoid getting some of this antibacterial stuff into your gut and there it has a similar effect as you taking antibiotics.
4. Keep away from all other chemicals
Stay away from chemicals as much as you can. This does not just include chemicals in food which you can greatly reduce by minimizing your processed food intake! Think household cleaners, make up, shampoos… try to go as natural as possible!
5. Choose organic when possible
Try to avoid traditional meats which are often stuffed up with antibiotics. If possible try to get organic foods to avoid that impact.
If you want more information on why this might be such an important thing, check out these articles to get you started:
1. Mercola, J.M., 2015. Modern Life Depletes Your Gut Microbes in a Number of Different Ways [Online]. Available: HTTPS://ARTICLES.MERCOLA.COM/SITES/ARTICLES/ARCHIVE/2015/05/06/MODERN-LIFE-DEPLETES-GUT-MICROBES.ASPX [Accessed September 22, 2017].
2. Ellekilde, M., Selfjord, E., Larsen, C.S., Jakesevic, M., Rune, I., Tranberg, B., Vogensen, F.K., Nielsen, D.S., Bahl, M.I., Licht, T.R., Hansen, A.K. & Hansen, C.H.F., 2014. Transfer of gut microbiota from lean and obese mice to antibiotic-treated mice. Scientific Reports, 4, 5922.
3. Krajmalnik-Brown, R., Ilhan, Z.-E., Kang, D.-W. & DiBaise, J.K., 2012. Effects of Gut Microbes on Nutrient Absorption and Energy Regulation. Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition,27, 201-214.
4. Mercola, J.M., 2016. How Probiotics and Fiber Helps Combat Malnutrition [Online]. Available: HTTPS://ARTICLES.MERCOLA.COM/SITES/ARTICLES/ARCHIVE/2016/03/07/PROBIOTICS-FIBER-MALNUTRITION.ASPX[Accessed September 2, 2017].
5. Suez, J., Korem, T., Zeevi, D., Zilberman-Schapira, G., Thaiss, C.A., Maza, O., Israeli, D., Zmora, N., Gilad, S., Weinberger, A., Kuperman, Y., Harmelin, A., Kolodkin-Gal, I., Shapiro, H., Halpern, Z., Segal, E. & Elinav, E., 2014. Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota. Nature, 514,181-186.