my brothers in arms
Knowing this might have been a virus that she picked up from one of her friends who had previously had it, I waited for my favorite part – watching my own body fight it off for me. The next day I heard gurgling in my stomach, I felt slight fatigue for about an hour, and I knew that my body was fighting off the invader. Then nothing much ever happens after that, I just know that my body has taken care of it for me. As crazy as it sounds, I thanked my body for taking care of me again. And I thanked the trillions of microbes that are my brothers in arms against any sickness or disease I seem to encounter.
We all harbor trillions of diverse groups of microbes that live on us and inside of us. There are microbes that are “permanent residents” and also microbe “tourists” that only stay for a short time. If the population of good bacteria isn’t large enough, then an imbalance can occur. Good bacteria help us in so many ways, by digesting our foods, making vitamins, and by sending signals to our immune system to reduce inflammation when there is something causing distress and flare ups.
Mount an army inside of us
80 percent of your immune system is in your gut
Most people do not realize that 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. The powerful army of good bacteria located in your gut helps operate and develop the mucosal system which aids in the production of antibodies to pathogens invading your body.
Good bacteria train your immune system to distinguish among the good guys and the pathogens and non-harmful antigens, and then they train them how to respond. This will prevent your immune system from overreacting to non-harmful antigens, which is what happens when your body develops allergies. Your body is overreacting to a substance it shouldn’t overreact to and treats it like a foreign invader attacking it, thus creating inflammation throughout the body. Now new studies are finding that a loss of good bacteria is at the basis of food allergies.
My Brother in Arms
These are the foods I give my brothers in arms, and I call them – The Trilogy: Kefir, Kombucha, and Cultured Veggies. If I can get you to think of these microbes as living, intelligent organisms that perform millions of processes in the body, then maybe you will connect with them and change not only your body but your life. They’re real, they’re everywhere and this is what you are – a sack of bacteria walking around. Don’t ignore them – feed them what they want. They’re your brothers in arms!
Be bold, eat cultured foods and mighty forces will come to your aid. Just you wait and see!Donna