As 2016 comes to a close, it's only natural for us to start thinking ahead to the next year and what we can do to make our lives better. I know I've got my list started.
One of the things on my list is to continue to improve my gut health as well as the gut health of my family. Any chance you are thinking...
"What in the world does she mean by that?"
Gut health is the hot topic in the natural health community these days and for very good reason. If you've done any sort of research on natural ways to stay healthy I'm sure you've come across the term leaky gut.
This isn't exactly a new thought.
Thousands of years ago, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, knew what was up. He was quoted saying, "All disease begins in the gut."
Researchers are beginning to scratch the surface on the important role the bacteria in our guts have on our overall health.
I'd be willing to bet you've used the phrase, "I went with my gut feeling." or something along those lines. Turns out these microbes communicate with your brain and have more of an impact than we once thought!
By increasing the amount of good bacteria in your gut, you are opening the doors to improved health. Here are just a few examples.
Improved immune function
Experts are estimating that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut.
Protection against cancer
A study in the Journal of Dairy Science discovered that regular consumption of kefir helped stop breast cancer growth and fermented foods were able to kill several types of cancerous tumors in animal studies.
When the number of bad bacteria is lessened, weight loss occurs because many of the bad bacteria are responsible for "bad" food cravings. (i.e., processed foods, sugar, etc.) By crowding out the bad guys you can actually help curb those cravings and lose weight.
Relief from asthma and allergies
Kefir has been found to drastically decrease inflammatory markers present with allergies and asthma.
We already know the gut and brain communicate, so when there are more of the good guys doing the talking you're going to feel better overall!
In the short time we’ve been focusing on improving our gut health and eating real food, we’ve seen these improvements in our health:
Bloating/digestive issues - relieved.
Seasonal allergies - vanished.
The best part? We've all lost weight and had more energy than ever before.
Unfortunately, the over-crowded and dirty living conditions most farms use to raise their animals requires a constant stream of low-dose antibiotics in their feed to help prevent the animals from getting sick. You can see why.
Buying milk, meat, cheese or any other product conventionally raised means you're also getting a constant stream of low dose antibiotics which can harm the good bacteria in your gut.
So, how does one go about improving gut health? Avoiding foods from animals that are fed antibiotics is a great place to start! Then, the easiest (and most effective) way to start improving your gut health is to eat fermented foods on a regular basis.
Kefir is one of the fermented foods that we enjoy on a daily basis.
What is kefir?
Kefir is fermented milk. I once read that kefir is like yogurt on steroids. Oddly enough, kefir means "feel good" in Turkish. It is made by using kefir grains, a living culture made up of billions of friendly bacteria/yeast that somewhat resembles cauliflower.
Consuming one glass of this super food has the potential to change your life.
It gets even better...kefir is so easy to make and can be so inexpensive. The only other cheaper super food I can think of to make at home would be bone broth. (more to come on that topic!)
What do you say? Can improving your gut health be a New Year's resolution? Are you ready to start making a batch of your own kefir?
I've made you a how-to tutorial to show you just how simple it is! Click here to get it.
I also have some extra kefir grains available for you! Send me an email and we can arrange a time for you to come and get them!
Do you know someone who could help heal their bodies with this powerful food? If so, pass it on and help them start their new year right!
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Wishing you all the best - in health and happiness - in 2017.