Is Gut Bacteria Making You Old and Sick?

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Unfortunately, yes.

According to new studies, your gut bacteria may determine your physical appearance as well as your overall health both now as in the future.

The importance of your gut bacteria

Your gut bacteria are responsible to determine whether you’re thin or fat, or whether you get serious chronic illnesses including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Healthy people share certain species and a similar mix of gut bacteria that could help them live longer, but it has also been found that unfortunately (most people) don’t count with the right balance of gut bacteria.

But why? Well, after a half-century of exposure to the many things that wipe out the good bacteria in our guts—like antibiotics, excessive hygiene habits, antibacterial cleaners, processed foods, stress, sedentary and indoor living, and environmental toxins and chemicals—our microbiomes can become depleted, meaning that there aren’t enough of the good guys to keep us healthy and youthful. This lack of “good guys” in our track is responsible for much actual illness such gastrointestinal issues, overweight, migraines, urinary infections, food allergies, eczema, skin rashes, along with many other diseases. 
Good news is that even if you are facing the results of lacking good bacteria in your gut, you can still revert it by taking the right measures.

Increasing Probiotic Intake to Heal your Gut

A balanced gut microbiome teeming with probiotics is essential for healthy aging. By eating more of the following foods you will ripe the benefits of a healthy inside.

  • Eat a Diverse Range of Foods: The problem with “mono” diets is that they don´t represent a balanced, healthy diet. Eating the right amount of fruits, proteins, carbs, and fats, will keep you nourished by maintaining your guts on point.
  • Eat Fermented Foods: We recommend patients to increase their fermented foods consumption for the reason that they are a rich source of probiotics, the good bacteria that keep your gut on shape. Foods like Kambucha, Kimchi, yogurt, and sauerkraut are great ways to add it to your eating routine.
  • Don’t Eat Too Many Artificial Sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners are responsible for being toxic to your gut bacteria. Avoid drinking processed drinks, and focus on using natural sweeteners like raw honey, coconut sugar, or even organic stevia.
  • Eat Whole Grains: We know that you already know this, but white bread and refined flours are bad for your health period. Change your traditional bread for some whole wheat choice, or simply go for healthier carb choices such as brown rice, bulgur, oats, or quinoa.
  • Eat a Plant-Based Diet: We might be going to hard on this one but, adding a meatless day to your week can make a whole big difference in the way you feel. By adding a meatless Monday and purposefully increasing your veggie intake will bring you great benefits! Going meatless once a week can reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help limit your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fuel.

 

We highly encourage you to take steps towards a better health and make a conscious desition to eat better. By adopting a gut-healthy life and tackling aging from the inside out, you can live your healthiest, most vibrant days today!

At Rehealth, we believe that having informed patients is the only way to deliver optimal healthcare. Visit our website to find out more interesting content and be a part of an amazing health integrated community!
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