Trust Your Gut
I find it interesting how much my obsession with sailing has influenced so many aspects of my life.
One element that keeps cropping up (and reminded me to write this post) is a fundamental notion that most sailors use everyday - Trust Your Gut.
I first ran into it when I was told that the best time to “reef” (lower your sails) is when you first think of it. Sailors have found that storms come quickly and waiting can make the task a lot more difficult to perform when the wind is blowing hard.
This concept of listening to and trusting myself on a regular basis has become a way of life. There are so many daily opportunities to practice it. You know when that little voice tells you to do something like take your umbrella even though the sun is shining and later when you’re getting drenched you kick yourself for not listening?
Yeah…That’s your Gut.
Most people are aware of the many things humans need to do in daily life to remain healthy. Eating right, exercise, sleeping regularly, and having good poops are just a few of the activities that come to mind, but what if there was another important level that few of us think about?
Turns out that the notion of intelligence that comes from somewhere in the body other than your brain is being borne out by science.
Your gut is now known to contain the largest part of your body’s immune system. It actually does have its own brain with over 500 million nerve cells and trillions of bacteria. There are more bacteria in the stomach than there are cells in your body!
The gut plays a vital role in accessing essential nutrients, tuning your immune system and even changing the function of the brain and other parts of the body.
So it’s important to understand how it works. It’s even more critical to be in tune with our ‘gut feelings’ and reactions.
The Good Bacteria
There is a tiny yet expansive world inside each person populated by bacteria that have a powerful impact on human health, vitality, and longevity.
These tiny organisms help us to live by making processes inside our bodies possible, and they are often divided into two main groups.
These bacteria are helpful because they’re responsible for many of the processing functions in your stomach. Children receive them from their mother while in vitro.
Some of these bacteria such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus, are related to breaking down sugars into lactic acid. Lactic acid is one substance made in the body that is helpful in the fight against harmful strains of bacteria.
There is also evidence that suggests that there are a few disorders that can be caused by a lack of these bacterial populations.
Modern advances in science have brought us marvelous advancements in medicine with antibiotics, but studies have shown that antibiotics tend to have a harmful effect on the good or helpful populations of gut flora.
That’s why it may be a good practice to supplement the bacteria to encourage their regrowth by ingesting alternate sources of Lactobacillus.
What are ways you can promote their growth? Many of these helpful strains of bacteria can be found in foods such as yogurt, kefir and other fermented food types. There are also a number of pill based probiotic solutions available.
Scientists now believe that over 3/4 of our immune system is kept in our intestinal tract, with over 500 species of bacteria in the mix.
With such a large population of bacteria living in us, it should be of little surprise that we depend on them so heavily for the various functions they serve on a daily basis.
Many Bifido bacteria reside within the colon and large intestine. These bacteria play a large role in controlling elimination, aiding in digestion, and even have the ability to repair damage from carcinogenic sources in the body.
If you’re ready to get started taking better care of your gut flora, start by downloading this Free Guide: Gut Rebuilding Plan. Go on and grow that inner garden.
Go ahead! Cause it’s a fact…You can trust your gut ;)