Last time I shared 5 easy steps towards transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.
Today I want to discuss step #2 which is all about the power of knowledge.
I realize that the process can be overwhelming especially when you feel desperate and are eager to achieve quick results.
Whether you’re seeking to improve your health, reverse an illness, lose weight or control allergies and food intolerances I’m sure you’ve come across all kinds of health tips and diets such as intermittent fasting, Keto, paleo and plant based diets.
No matter what your objective is I strongly recommend that you start by spending some time learning about gut health before you choose to follow any of the diets out there.
Gut health is perhaps the source of all our issues whether we suffer from weight gain or an autoimmune disease, food intolerances or even anxiety and depression.
Everything starts in the gut so give it some conscious attention and invest time to learn about how it works and what constitutes a healthy gut as it is the prerequisite to a healthy body and happy mind!
One of the most captivating interviews about this topic was a two-hour conversation with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz on the Plant Proof podcast. I listened to it twice already and I strongly recommend you take a listen. I guarantee that you will learn everything you need to know about gut health.
Quoting some insights from interview:
- 70% of our immune system is in our gut. When you damage your gut bacteria you are damaging the immune system and that is why changes in gut bacteria have been associated with so many autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, chrones disease, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, etc.
- 99% of our genes are bacterial genes and 1% is human. That’s is why We are not predestined to develop the vast majority of the diseases that we could develop. These gut bacteria have the ability to influence the expression of your genetic code. And this is the reason why the way you live, the way you eat can make a huge difference on whether or not you’ll develop heart disease or cancer or a stroke.
- 95% of Serotonin (the happy hormone) is produced in the gut and only 5% is in the brain. Irritable bowl syndrome is caused by changes in your gut bacteria which affects the release of serotonin which affects your gut and your mood
- Sleep and exercise can change your microbiome
- The number one predictor of a healthy gut is the diversity of the plants in your diet.
That is why at Little Erth we’re conscious about serving you diversity in all our dishes.
Check out the link to the interview with Dr. Bulsiewicz