Gut Health – What’s Up With the Micro Biome?

The balance of microbiota and bacteria in the stomach and digestive system is what turns the food we eat into the energy we need. When the balance is off it affects the entire body, and leaves people more likely to become sick. When our bodies need extras like antibiotics, their job involves fighting bacteria, which unfortunately takes out the good bacteria as well as the bad, leaving people vulnerable. There are also other things in our environment that create the same behaviors and affects as an antibiotic in the human body. 

Studies have shown that an imbalance in gut health affects not only digestion, but energy, likelihood of illness such as the common cold right up to mental illness such as depression, and even affect bone growth. Along with the use of antibiotics, glyphosate has recently been studied for how it affects the microbiota. As a common ingredient in many pesticides it is becoming more prevalent in the environment and in the foods we eat.  It is especially high in packaged foods like cereal, crackers and bread and certain vegetables and fruit. The short and long term effects are still not well understood but a 2019 landmark legal case against the manufacturer awarded $2 billion to a couple who had both developed cancer after using Roundup/ glyphosate for decades under the presumption of safety.  Learn more here.

“When people ingest glyphosate, it may act as a broad-spectrum antibiotic in our gastrointestinal tract. Essentially, glyphosate “has been shown to disrupt gut bacteria in animals, preferentially killing beneficial forms and causing an overgrowth of pathogens hence affecting our immune health. As people often turn to probiotics to restore the balance of beneficial gut bacteria after a round of flora-destructive antibiotics, consider the detrimental effect a routine ingestion of glyphosate, an antibiotic in itself, could have. Furthermore, studies have provided evidence that glyphosate exposure can speed up the resistance to antibiotics when they are needed. It’s a vicious cycle.”

The easiest way to heal the gut health is with food choices and Biome Medic, a supplement by Purium that removes glyphosate from the gut and replaces beneficial bacteria.  It has beens shown in third party testing to reduce glyphosate in the gut by 74%. It also reduces C-Reactive Protein, which is a main biomarker for inflammation. 

 

Other solutions include increasing fiber, you can create a safe environment for the healthy bacteria that our body needs. Things like prebiotics that create food for the good bacteria and general fiber found in regular diets should be consumed daily. Legumes, leafy greens, bran, and even supplements can be used as a daily source of fiber, while prebiotics can be found in things like banana, garlic, onion, and asparagus. Adding these into salads, soups, and sauces makes it easy to also increase the intake of your entire family while improving their health. Many yogurts are now made with added probiotics, for those who do not consume enough on their own and want to avoid a supplement. This should be added into the diet in small increases or on alternate days to begin with, due to the possible stomach upset and cramps when it’s increased too quickly. . Foods that are high in water content can help fight dehydration and help maintain healthy digestion, especially when consumed raw. 

Food choices that can affect gut health extend from just what you do eat to what you choose not to eat as well. Spicy foods increase the heat in the body, which can be beneficial when trying to rid the body of unwanted bacteria and illness, but in many cases can lead to dry skin and  can be too hot for maintaining long term balance in the digestive system. Any foods that are high in sugar or some processed items create an environment that helps the unwanted bacteria and infections to grow. It feeds them exactly what they need to grow quickly and multiply, so should be limited and in some cases removed completely. It is important to find the balance between foods and use them to maintain gut health in order to support over all health in each person. 

The human digestive system is almost an ecosystem of its own, and requires the correct foods be eaten in order to maintain that balance. While consuming the correct foods can help reduce bad bacteria while encouraging growth of good bacteria, it is also important to limit the food that affect that balance negatively by adding too much heat, not enough heat, or providing food for bad bacteria.  Also removing glyphosate from the gut is key to healing the gut – without this step, leaky gut, SIBO, and other imbalances could be very difficult to treat.

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