Healthy Bacteria and digestion are deeply connected to ensure a healthy body and mind. Healthy bacteria and digestion work synergistically together. Bacteria are the staff of life. Bacteria does not cause disease. Processed foods cause disease. Health begins in the gut, mainly the large intestine, where 70% of the bacteria in your body, resides. Bacteria are part of your immune system and they help to dissolve toxins. Bacteria also aid in assimilating nutrients, producing certain nutrients and forming a healthy bowel movement. Healthy digestion is directly related to healthy bacteria. Nutrition aids in keeping bacteria in the correct balance. Healthy bacteria and digestion are so very important to ensure an overall healthy life.
Digestive Health is the key to a healthy body and mind. If your digestive health is awesome, you will be living free of illness and disease. Let’s take a quick look at the digestive system.
The digestive system consists of your mouth, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine and anus. Digestive health begins with chewing your food properly. Saliva mixes with the food and begins the digestive process. The next step in digestive health is the most important: the stomach and stomach acid. Once food enters the stomach, hydrochloric acid is secreted to break down the food, mainly protein, into a soup or a chyme ball. Stomach acid, when breaking down food, should be between a .8 and 1.0. Stomach acid is extremely acidic and it has to be in order to break down the food so the small intestine and the enzymes from the pancreas and the bile from the liver and gall bladder can further break down the chyme ball so that the body and the cells can absorb the nutrients from the food.
If the stomach acid is not strong enough, the chyme ball will not be broken down enough and all the actions of the small intestine, pancreas, large intestine, etc, will be out of balance.
If the stomach acid is strong enough, the pancreas will secrete the right amount of bicarbonate to alkalize the acidic chyme ball and enzymes to break down the chyme ball and the gallbladder will secrete the correct amount of bile to further break down fat.
Most of the absorption takes place in the small intestine where the nutrients will slip through into the blood stream and the fiber and other parts of the food will continue on to the large intestine.
The large intestine is where the bulk of the bacteria resides and for good reason. The bacteria in the large intestine are part of the immune system, help to create certain nutrients, absorb some of the nutrients from the food and create a stool to be secreted out of the anus. The key to a healthy large intestine and healthy stools is the correct balance of bacteria. The bulk of your stool is dead bacteria, not fiber.
Another problem that can happen in the digestive system is bacteria overgrowth in the small intestine and bacteria in the stomach. If this happens, major digestive problems will occur such as Chron’s disease, bacteria infections, fatigue, etc. The small intestine contains some bacteria and the stomach contains none. The main reason for overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine and bacteria entering the stomach is low stomach acid.
Another interesting aspect of digestive health is the balance between alkaline and acidic parts of the digestive system. The mouth is alkaline, the stomach is acidic, the small intestine is alkaline and the large intestine is acidic.
This is just a small, but very informative, amount of information about digestive health. If you are having any type of digestive problems, please book a package of consultations with Gillette Nutrition so you can learn the skills to heal and to achieve awesome and amazing health.
Do you suffer from gas (flatulence), bloating, heart burn, acid reflux, or that rock in the stomach feeling? Your stomach is not producing enough acid.One of the most under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed health conditions is low stomach acid, medically referred to as hypochlorhydria. Low stomach acid can cause a host of health problems such as: malnutrition, bacteria infections, auto-immune disease, skin rashes, arthritis, mild depression and anxiety and overall digestive problems. Low stomach acid is caused, mainly, from unhealthy eating and stress. The over prescribed medical protocol of using antacids is not the answer. In fact, antacids make the matter worse.
Once deemed healthy and then not, the egg is back, even with approval from modern medicine, not that modern medicine ever influences me when it comes to nutrition.
Fried in coconut oil, scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, omelet style, with avocado, on your head (a great moisturizer and conditioner), raw in fresh squeezed orange juice, raw in a fruit smoothie, raw in raw milk, raw on top of a cooked bowl of rice, millet or quinoa, raw in a glass (a la Rocky style), on your skin for sun burn, bug bites and rashes, in a casserole, deviled, or even green eggs and ham, eggs are back and eggs are a wonderful and healthy food.
The biggest myth is the cholesterol contained in eggs. Yes, eggs contain cholesterol, but cholesterol from raw or properly cooked food does not raise cholesterol levels and it does not cause heart disease. Your liver produces cholesterol every day and cholesterol is needed for cellular health, especially cellular membrane function, hormone production, brain function, vitamin D conversion and a strong and effective immune system. Most of us need some cholesterol food, found in eggs and other animal products, to aid the liver in effectively doing its task; plus, the best sources of Vitamins A, D, K, and B12 and the minerals zinc and iron are found in eggs and other animal fats.
Eggs are best raw if you want every ounce of nutrition it offers, but anyway you want them, they are a healthy part of a good diet. Packed with 60% fat and 40% protein, lecithin, iron, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, selenium, magnesium and many other nutrients; eggs are a powerhouse.
If eaten raw, eggs aid in cellular structure and permeability, hormone production and balance, toxin removal, energy production, increased immunity, increased brainpower and focus and increased libido. From my experience and observation, raw eggs are most effective in removing toxins from the body and improving brain function. The reason eggs are so powerful for brain health is choline, a key component of the neuro-transmitter acetylcholine that helps with memory and intuition. It also helps with skeletal muscle movements. The reason eggs are so effective in removing toxins is cholesterol, protein and sulfur. These three components are very important and needed by the liver to perform its detoxifying actions.
Of course, eggs that are from healthy farms that allow the chickens to have access to the great outdoors to eat grass and insects are far superior to the factory-farmed eggs. If you buy local eggs, take notice of how the yolk changes from a yellow color to an orange color as the summer approaches and the chickens can feast on grass and insects. Factory farm yolks are very pale yellow in comparison and do not change color as the chickens stay indoors year round and eat industrial chicken feed. Yay to the local egg and here in Denver we have lots of local farmers with healthy eggs from healthy chickens. Go local and support your local egg farmer at the various farmers markets and the many community-supported agriculture partnerships.