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Gut health

Our world has changed… since the end of the second world war, the amount of chemicals in our environment, food, skin care and atmosphere numbers in the 10s of 1000’s.  In 1960, Rachel Carson wrote the book Silent Spring in which she outlined the chemicals being used at that time in agriculture had a dramatic effect on the health of the plants, fish and animals that depended on waterways that were being polluted as a result of run off from farming and forest management.  Then in the 1980’s, Theo Colborn in her book Our Stolen Future showed how even the polar bears in the Artic Circle had a plethora of chemicals in their system causing disease and infertility.

Chemicals are everywhere and in the last 10 years, there has been a plethora of research done on how these chemicals that we are surrounded by in everyday life effect the gut bacteria that live symbiotically with us.  These good bacteria help us in many ways and without them we would not be alive.

Good gut bacteria… as our knowledge is today, their job is to do the following:

1. Help with immunity and protection

2. Make B Vitamins and Vitamin K

3. Influence on production of our neurotransmitters like Serotonin

4. Digestion and absorption of nutrients

5. Protection of the epithelial lining of the GUT

6. Enhance communication with cells

7. Correct food choices

8. Protection from heavy metals

9. Protection from harmful bacteria, parasites and virus’s

10. Brain and mental health (GUT – Brain Axis)

11. Physical health and prevention of disease

12. The conversion of sugars into aromatic amino acids and fatty acids

It is absolutely essential that we feed the gut bacteria (microbiome) the right foods to keep them balanced and well-functioning.

At Changing Habits we believe in a vitalistic living and natural approaches to health and well-being. Changing Habits has empowered thousands of people to take control of their own health and lifestyle by providing products and educational information to make sustainable changes. We truly believe that your body has amazing healing abilities if given the right tools and conditions.

Many people are unaware that poor diet and lifestyle choices contribute to an imbalanced gut flora.

This is one of the reasons why Changing Habits sourced and created their very own All Natural Probiotics made from real organic fermented foods which aids digestion, is easily absorbed and ensures a healthy bowel and strong immune system by increasing the good guys in our gut.

“The All Natural Probiotics have cured my chronic bowel problem which was the result of a trip to India, when I was very sick, and no amount of antibiotics cured it for 18 months! I really couldn’t eat my lovely fruits, nuts, chocolate etc at all without running to the toilet! It was awful! But after a month of taking the Changing Habits Probiotics I was so much better and now am cured!! So thank you very much!”

*results may vary from person to person

What else can help?

 

  • A diet rich in fresh, seasonal foods free from pesticides and herbicides
  • Movement
  • Sunlight
  • Good quality sleep
  • Avoidance of manipulated, packaged and refined foods filled with harmful ingredients and chemicals
  • Stress management

Healthy gut, healthy body

 

At Changing Habits, we value the integrity of the bowel flora as paramount in order to digest, absorb and utilise the food that we suggest you buy, prepare and consume. A healthy gut with a healthy microbiome has the ability to improve immune function, increase nutrients available, digest foods and enhance cell communication. There are many damaging contributing factors that can cause imbalances to our gut flora.

Contributing factors include:

  • Antibiotics and medications
  • Stress
  • Traumatic life events
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • A diet high in inflammatory, processed and refined foods
  • Substance abuse
  • Not being breast fed
  • Born by C-section
  • Using anti-microbial soaps, hand washes and body lotions
  • Environmental chemicals
  • Chemicals, herbicides and pesticides in our food
  • Chemicals in our water
  • Severe gastro and travellers’ diarrhoea

Changing Habits recommends

  • Start reducing your intake of substances that alter the gut flora (such as chlorinated water, antibiotics, medications, pesticides, herbicides, alcohol, the contraceptive pill and inflammatory, processed and refined foods).
  • Eat a wide range of fresh, seasonal and spray free organic fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, seafood and meat.
  • Get at least 15-20 minutes of sunshine, movement and time spent in nature to boost Vitamin D levels, increase gut diversity, reduce stress levels and boost immunity.
  • Expose yourself to the outside world, stop being a clean freak and allow yourself to eat a carrot straight from the (organic) garden, play with your animals, do some gardening without gloves and open your windows. Bacteria are everywhere.
  • Begin to introduce small amounts of resistance starch (RS) to your diet as our bacteria feed on this. RS consumption leads to an increase in beneficial bacteria and a reduction in pathogenic bacteria. Begin eating cooked and cooled organic white rice or plantains fried in ghee or coconut oil.
  • Begin to add the Changing Habits All Natural Probiotics into your diet in small doses daily.
  • Increasing the amount of prebioitic foods into your daily diet (such as onion, garlic, leek, sweet potato, plantains and asparagus)
  • Increase the amount of probiotic rich foods into your diet (such as homemade yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and other cultured vegetables and dairy).
  • Changing Habits Hunter Gatherer Protocol to help get you on track to cleansing, nourishing and healing your body.
  • If you are in need of further guidance, support and education, please contact our Changing Habits nutritionists for additional advice.
Other Resources
References
  1. Sisson M. (2014). What Affects You Gut Bacteria. Received from http://www.marksdailyapple.com/16-things-that-affect-your-gut-bacteria/#axzz3m3msCIIB
  2. Kresser C. (2014). RHR: How to Restore Healthy Gut Flora Over The Long-Term. Received from http://chriskresser.com/how-to-restore-healthy-gut-flora-over-the-long-term/
  3. Kresser C. (2011). 9 Steps to Perfect Health – Heal Your Gut. Received from http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-5-heal-your-gut/
  4. Czerucka D. “Review article: yeast as probiotics—Saccharomyces boulardii.” Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2007 Sep 15;26(6):767-78.
  5. Parvez S, et al. “Probiotics and their fermented food products are beneficial for health.” J Appl Microbiol. 2006 Jun;100(6):1171-85.
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