Monday, October 1, 2012

How to Have a Healthy Gut

Having a healthy digestive system that is effective at throwing off candida, bacteria, and parasites is easy, I promise.  Perhaps the best start for your family is breastfeeding.  Yes, once again God knew best when He designed mothers to nurse their young.  Ideally babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of life based on extensive research.  This will optimally prepare the gut lining and entire digestive system for the introduction of foods as well as unwanted invasions by parasites, bacteria, and viruses.
But what about after that?  There are a plethora of protocols, diets, books, supplements, et cetera in the marketplace that claim to benefit and/or cleanse the gut.  You are likely to have come across many opinions on how to deter candida, bacteria, and parasites in your search for good health for your family.  The reality is that candida, bacteria, and parasites can wreak havoc on our bodies in ways we may not be aware of yet.  Eventually it can become systemic by entering your bloodstream and affecting different organs, your pituitary and thyroid, or even your hormones in general, your liver health, pancreas, or your adrenals.  We also need to keep even our neurotransmitters in this consideration because 95% of our serotonin is manufactured in the gut!  No wonder you don't "feel" good.  When your gut is not well you won't feel well, you may not have good sleep cycles, you may be depressed or moody, issues we as moms need to avoid if we are to effectively carry out our daily tasks.
While the available books, diets, and protocols may have varying degrees of effectiveness for different people, what I have found to be effective in almost all cases is the daily inclusion of cultured vegetables, water kefir, and raw milk kefir.  Even those who have dairy issues seem able to tolerate milk kefir.  Why is this?  It is due to the fact that there are so many strains of beneficial bacteria in it.  For example, the yogurt you may purchase in the store has up to 5 different strains of bacteria in it - that is the "good stuff" from the healthy section, not the regular dairy aisle.  the kefir you can buy in the store has 12 different strains of beneficial bacteria, but the kefir that I make at home from kefir grains has 30 different strains of bacteria!  Talk about good - better - best, kefir takes digestive wellness to a whole new level.  You and your family really can experience a marked improvement in their overall wellness with the inclusion of pro-biotics in their diet.  How can I help you get started today?
Living life for Him,

The Cultured Mom 

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