Did you know there are several foods which are natural remedies that provide overall wellbeing? Yep, that means you can eat your way to health! Isn’t that great news? Most fad diets starve you and tell you to eat less. That’s why most diets don’t work.
You might have experienced this. You lose a few pounds at first and you feel better. People compliment you on how much weight you’ve lost. But internally, you’re not getting the nutrition, minerals and vitamins your body craves. So after just a little while, you go back to binge eating to try and give your body the nutrition your brain is telling you that you need.
We’re not here today to tell you to eat less. Actually, we want you to eat more. That’s right, we’re telling you to eat more… at least more of the following foods.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information in the US, a full 70% of your immune system resides in your gut. A team of researchers reporting to NCBI through the National Institutes of Health agrees that keeping your gut and digestion happy and healthy is a simple way to resist many diseases as well as help you recover quickly from illness and injury. If you would like to read the abstract in all its science-speak and hard-to-pronounce words, you can find it at this link:
Basically stated, the health of your gut heavily influences your overall health. Cuts, breaks and other physical injuries heal quickly with a healthy gut. You are less likely to catch a cold, flu or other airborne illness when your digestive system is working perfectly. Incidentally, what people refer to as their gut is really a group of hollow and solid organs. They include the large and small intestines, mouth, stomach, esophagus and anus (hollow). Your liver, gallbladder and pancreas (solid) also play a part.
Keep this complex and interrelated group of internal body parts and processes working optimally and you enjoy health and wellbeing.
Get to Know Your Gut Microbiome, Bacteria and Fungi
Your gut is home to millions of bacteria, fungi and viruses. If that sounds bad, it isn’t.
Those microorganisms are for the most part essential to keeping you alive. In other words, good bacteria does exist. There are well-meaning fungi living in your gut that are devoted to keeping you healthy. Gastrointestinal experts claim there are as many as 500 to 700 million different bacteria residing in your gut. When the correct ratio of good to bad bacteria exists, your digestive microbiome promotes excellent mental and physical health.
When this collection of microscopic organisms has too many bad bacterial types running around, you get sick. Your brain doesn’t work like it should. You can become overweight or obese. Your odds of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, brain-based health concerns and other health problems begin to rise.
Fortunately, there are natural remedies that quickly move you in the direction of health once again, and all you have to do is eat them regularly. Get more of the following foods into your body to automatically and effortlessly prevent disease and illness. They also work as remedies for sickness, reversing many diseases after they develop.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Here they are again, appearing as they always do in healthy dietary recommendations. Fruits and vegetables (fresh, organic when possible, and raw or minimally cooked) are listed as gut health-boosters. They help regulate a positive ratio of good to bad bacteria in your gut. When those foods are high in fiber they help your digestive process even more. Raspberries and green peas, artichokes and lintels, beans, whole grains and broccoli are high-fiber, gut-friendly foods.
Eat More Fermented Foods
The fermentation process often includes bacteria. When you ferment foods in this way, they boost the level of good bacteria in your gut. Eat more foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi, kefir and kombucha, tempeh and yogurt (without added sugar).
Healthy Whole Grains
Natural whole grains are carbohydrates that contain a lot of healthy dietary fiber. They are not digestible, and this means they move through your small intestine to your large intestine. It is there that they are broken down into base components which promote the growth of healthy bacteria. Some healthy whole grains include quinoa, long grain brown rice, barley and bulgur, buckwheat, farro and millet.
Garlic kills the evil bacteria in your gut. It also serves as food for health-boosting prebiotic bacteria. (By the way, garlic contains manganese, selenium, fiber and vitamins C and B6. It is used in natural healing practices to lower high blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, while slowing down the aging process and protecting against dementia.)
Don’t buy minced garlic from your grocery store. Buy raw garlic cloves. They last for more than a month on your counter or pantry in a dark, cool space.
Do you hate peeling garlic cloves? I do too. Here is a simple way to get the job done in just 10 or 15 seconds. Place a garlic bulb on your counter and clear out some room. Smash down on it with some force with your open hand. This will break down the large bulb into its many cloves.
Place all garlic cloves into a large bowl. Place another bowl of the same size on top. Holding them shut together with your hands, shake vigorously for a few seconds. Check the results.
Here is a YouTube video showing how to do it.
This quick and easy method for peeling garlic cloves really does work, saving tons of time (and smelly hands) in the kitchen.
Why You Need More Polyphenols in Your Gut
Green tea, almonds, onions and blueberries contain plant compounds called polyphenols. A diet rich in polyphenols has been linked to lower levels of inflammation and oxidative stress, a healthy cholesterol level and a reduction in high blood pressure.
They are not always efficiently absorbed in the digestive process. When this happens, they move to the colon where they feed healthy gut bacteria. Broccoli, cocoa and natural dark chocolate (without added sugar and other unhealthy ingredients) also get polyphenols into your gut. Start eating more of these gut-friendly, natural remedies for disease and illness to enjoy better health and well-being.