It’s hard to believe that we’re made of 90% bacteria. For every cell in your body, we have 9 cells of bacteria living in and on our body.
Most of the bacteria is living inside our intestinal tract and the health of this organism is critical to the overall health of our bodies. The health of our gut bacteria and the health of our immune system are vitally linked.
When gut bacteria are balanced, our immune system is also balanced. When our gut is out of balance, our immune system is too. The best way to balance our immune system is by having a healthy and strong digestive system and this means our gut bacteria needs to be in balance.
It is now accepted that the western diet fails to keep the gut bacteria balanced. Whereas most traditional cultures regularly consume fermented foods like natural yogurt, in the west we tend to do the opposite.
Instead we eat processed food, refined sugar, which together with antibiotic intake, are the major causes of gut bacteria imbalance. A few simple rules to follow keep our gut bacteria balanced and our digestive system healthy include:
- Eat whole, unrefined foods, such as brown rice and whole-wheat, grains and pulses;
- Cut out all refined sugars;
- Eat naturally fermented products such as sourdough breads and ‘live’ yoghurts.
- Consider a probiotic supplement, preferably one that stays in the gut. These contain high amounts of beneficial bacteria to help balance the gut.
Finally, we should concentrate on our digestive system symptoms and on rebalancing those. If like me you struggle with your digestion, cut out the foods you know cause you problems, whilst following the above steps.