17.01.05 – Inflamed: Welcome to your Microbiome!

Our digestive system is the foundation for wellness & immunity, having the highest concentration of immune cells in our entire body.  It was Hippocrates who first said, “all disease begins in the gut.”
Inflamed by Shelly Malone – Amazon

What if I told you that our gut could be the epicenter for gas, bloating and poop issues?

Our gut has four critical functions:  To digest food and convert it into vitamins, to absorb nutrients, to prevent toxins and pathogens from entering the bloodstream and to activate thyroid hormones, which are involved in almost every physiological process in the body.

All of these functions lead us to a place … a very tiny place.  Welcome to your microbiome!

“The human microbiota consists of the 10-100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells harbored by each person, primarily bacteria in the gut; the human microbiome consists of the genes these cells harbor.”
Defining the Human Microbiome by Urtsell, Metcalf, Parfrey & Knight

There is a vast difference between symbiotic bacteria and pathogenic bacteria.  Symbiotic bacteria live on our skin, in our mouths, noses, throats, lungs, urinary tracts and our guts.  Only 1% of the bacteria on our planet are pathogenic or disease-causing.  Suffice to say, we have a lot of help to digest the food we eat and maintain homeostasis.  The question now becomes … will we assist our symbiotic friends or will we drown them in destructive food?

“Not only does our digestive system house about 70% of our immune cells, 95% of our serotonin and 90% of all neurotransmitters also take up residence there as well.”
Inflamed by Shelly Malone – Amazon

With so many important processes occurring in our gut, it is crucial that we become aware of how we can support or destroy our microbiome.  Let’s continue to make small adjustments each week to assist our body.

Replace In Our Diet –
Conventionally grown eggs and meat; farmed fish.

With This In Our Diet – Grass-fed or pastured, organic eggs and meat products; wild fish.

Because – Conventionally grown animals are … given synthetic growth hormones & antibiotics, fed diets of GMO feed (mostly corn) rather than high omega-3 inflammation fighting grass, and farmed fish have higher levels of carcinogenic PCBs.
Processed Meats rank alongside Smoking as Cancer Causes
Why are eggs linked to Cancer progression?



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