Here it is people; I am feeling quite smug and a bit self righteous today, and I will tell you why. The New York Times Magazine put out an article this past Sunday that supports everything I have been saying for a really long time.
Clients and family members called and quoted all week long as they referred to “the Germ article”. AMEN brother Micheal Pollan!!
I have been known to say, with all my heart and a lot of passion:
“Take your Probiotics.”
“Eat probiotic rich foods like kefir, real pickles, sauerkraut and kombucha tea. “
“Stay away from sugar and grains that fuel bad bacteria.”
“Antibiotics!! They will kill your intestinal ecosystem! Use them only if absolutely necessary!!”
“The health of your gut is EVERYTHING!!”
If I had a dollar for every time I have said those things I would be a gazillionaire!! Many clients do listen, and then they get healthy mentally and physically. Aspergers, ADD, Depression, Bipolar, Metabolic disorders, name it.
I have seen huge changes in gut health and then everything changes for the better.
Michael Pollan doesn’t offer the exact same dietary recommendations as I do, but I base my recommendations on solid evidence gleaned from experts in gut health and real results I have seen in my clients.
This excerpt from the Times article goes on to show the power of a good intestinal community.
“Justin Sonnenburg, a microbiologist at Stanford, suggests that we would do well to begin regarding the human body as “an elaborate vessel optimized for the growth and spread of our microbial inhabitants.” This humbling new way of thinking about the self has large implications for human and microbial health, which turn out to be inextricably linked. Disorders in our internal ecosystem — a loss of diversity, say, or a proliferation of the “wrong” kind of microbes — may predispose us to obesity and a whole range of chronic diseases, as well as some infections. “Fecal transplants,” which involve installing a healthy person’s microbiota into a sick person’s gut, have been shown to effectively treat an antibiotic-resistant intestinal pathogen named C. difficile, which kills 14,000 Americans each year. (Researchers use the word “microbiota” to refer to all the microbes in a community and “microbiome” to refer to their collective genes.) We’ve known for a few years that obese mice transplanted with the intestinal community of lean mice lose weight and vice versa. (We don’t know why.) A similar experiment was performed recently on humans by researchers in the Netherlands: when the contents of a lean donor’s microbiota were transferred to the guts of male patients with metabolic syndrome, the researchers found striking improvements in the recipients’ sensitivity to insulin, an important marker for metabolic health. Somehow, the gut microbes were influencing the patients’ metabolisms.”
Like I tell all the children I work with, “If you eat healthy food like good quality protein, veggies, and probiotic foods, you feed the good guys. The bad guys will be screaming for sugar and processed foods. They say ‘Feed me feed me!’. Don’t feed the bad guys!!! Oh and one more thing; Feel free to get rid of the PURELL!