Your Microbiome

You need a sound mind and a sound body to survive cancer. Understanding physiology is important. Your microbiome or “gut health” will influence your recovery.  It is critical to manage stress, improve your microbiome and then adopt healthy food choices and adopt these. Understanding your physiology provides “the why” and rationale for adopting healthy lifestyle changes. Understanding “how” will be instrumental in order to plan, attain, and maintain your state of health and wellness.  

Your Micro-Biome is The Key to Your Health

Your gut health or the microbes that live within your gut play an important part in your health.  These microbes work in a symbiotic way and provide harmony with your cells and tissues.  Your gut microbiome influences every body system.

Be aware of symptoms when your stomach is acting up, it is your body signifying that your gut isn’t healthy.  

Your gastric microbes help you to digest your meals, and uptake essential nutrients that helps protect you from disease .

For those who follow my Bracashirts Education Series, you know from my talk on “Immunology and the Impact of Stress Our Health”.  I reference that seventy percent of our immune system and lymph nodes are in the gastro-intestinal tract.  A healthy gut is important to your overall health.

When your microbes are out of balance, serious health outcomes may develop particularly chronic disease, inflammatory disease, bowel problems and autoimmune issues which can all compromise your health.  Imbalance can result in multiple conditions like: constipation, bloating, heartburn, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, pain or discomfort, etc.

 To reset your digestive health, you must first address the root cause and choose to make changes that will optimize your microbiome. Absorption in your bowel is important and occurs best when the microbiome is balanced.   Once you’re working on healthy changes and committed to adopt healthy food choices to augment your diet, you will find that managing your well being, stress, and mental health all come into balance.

Understanding your gut microbiome is important. The process of absorption and the breakdown of food starts in the mouth with the release of amylase in your saliva to break down starches and also the release of lipase, when you begin to chew your food. The release of hydrochloric acid and protease in your stomach help to break down proteins.  Healthy eating is a choice and requires a mindset to successfully commit to your overall health. 

Here are 7 suggestions to help improve your micro-biome:

  1. Eat foods high in fibre and roughage (eat the rainbow for variance in your diet).
  2. The use pre-biotics and pro-biotics can help.
  3. Eat superfoods and foods rich in glutathione foods help to defend against free radicals and reduce the effects of oxidative stress. You can boost your glutathione levels by eating spinach, asparagus, and avocado.
  4. Eat foods that have potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.
  5. Eat plant-based food sources that are rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
  6. Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha can help.
  7. Fasting, cleansing, and detoxification can help.
  8. Drink water!! My favourite book is:  “You are not Hungry, You are Thirsty” by Ruth Houston.  The amount of water you drink impacts the composition of your microbiome.

Adopting simple and small changes to augment your digestive health will improve your physical, mental, emotional health and well being.