Love Your Gut Bacteria
I’ve always liked those little guys that populate my gut. They help digest my food and keep me healthy. After all, over 80 percent of your body’s immunity is built in the intestinal tract by the friendly bacteria balance that resides there.
You’ve probably heard that a round of antibiotics can wreak havoc on your system since they can’t distinguish between the good bacteria and the bad. Antibiotic use may be fueling an increase in many illnesses like type 1 diabetes, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease. Disruption of your gut bacteria may even affect metabolism and body weight.
Gut Bacteria Influence
Apparently they can have more influence than I realized. New studies have shown that they can affect your brain. Watch this interesting video from Dr. Gregor and Nutritionfacts.org to find out how your brain function and are your gut are connected. Then think about adding more of the good guys back into your diet. Vegan versions include sauerkraut or other fermented vegetables, soy yogurt, miso, tempeh or supplements. Kimchi, a Koren version of spicy pickled cabbage is becoming popular, too. Trader Joe’s has a vegan Kimchi version made with napa cabbage, garlic and chilies. Be sure to look for live and active cultures on the label. And, look for my post on making your own sauerkraut soon or try this Reuben Sandwich recipe.