Welcome to the New Year. As the old saying goes, “a new year means a new you”. It’s that time of year when we look over our lives to decipher what has been working. This custom is easier said then done. No more resolutions, or broken promises to ourselves, let’s just decide, and make the change today. As we sit, and absorb these words, lets take a nourishing breath, exhale, and focus on the present moment and release the past. I am a firm believer in fate, the law of attraction and synchronicity. If you are reading these words at this particular time, then they are meant for you at this moment. It may not be for you directly, rather, just information for you to pass on to someone in your life.
Life is short, precious and beautifully spend. Today we are suffering from a wide variety of health disorders resulting from an inflammatory response within the body. Our diets, along with external pollutants are causing our body to enter into a fight response mechanism. Our central nervous system is so overworked that rest and relaxation has become a desired achievement, like obtaining a degree from a University. The human body is constantly attempting to maintain homeostasis (balance), within each system. Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses as a means of protection.
In grade school Science class, we learned bacteria was bad and not needed. We weren’t taught the importance of good bacteria in our gut and digestive tract. In fact, good and bad are improper terms; bacteria should be kept in balance, because neither is helpful without the other. Most inflammatory conditions, plaguing society today stem from an imbalance within the digestive tract. Over 80% of the immune system is also found in the digestive system. Bacteria are single celled microorganisms found everywhere on earth, (water, soil, plants, our body). A human fetus has no bacteria in its digestive tract until it passes through the birth canal during birth and swallows the bacteria that are present in the canal. The bacteria then colonize, creating a healthy digestive tract that should last a lifetime. However, processed, unrefined foods, sugar and environmental pollutants are now tearing away at our good bacteria creating problems from leaky gut syndrome, celiac disease, autism, lupus, colon cancer, etc. Almost all diseases initiate from the body’s inflammatory response to pollutants. It is now time for a rebirth outside of the womb. We need to return the good bacteria into our gut daily to create homeostasis. Optimal health is dependent on a well-balanced bacterial environment inside the digestive tract.
Probiotics are good live bacteria and yeasts that are consumed through your diet to help balance the digestive tract. Probiotic foods are fermented, which results in the growth of good bacteria. Look over the list below and add as many that are tolerable. If you are lactose intolerant stay away from any dairy recommendations. (My personal favorites are kombucha and fermented vergetables). Both can be made in your kitchen with a fairly easy process.
- Cottage cheese
- Fermented vegetables
Probiotics can also be obtained over the counter in a pill form, ensure they are a high potency billion count daily formula. Supplements are meant to do just that, supplement, Not take the place of. Ensure you are consuming your natural probiotics from the list above. Studies have also linked probiotics to a healthier immunity leading to fewer colds, weight loss, less allergies, cancer prevention, better sleep, and an overall better feeling. Let’s leave that tired, sluggish feeling in the past with 2015. This is a new year, start right, don’t wait until tomorrow, make the changes today.