One morning I woke up hearing voices in the hall. It was my husband and daughter Holli, and I could hear Holli crying. She was throwing up and having diarrhea and was very upset about it. In our family, we are so accustomed to wellness that when someone gets sick, it feels like the world is coming to an end. Holli was pale and holding her stomach and saying it was cramping and begging me to fix it. I did what I do for myself – I gave her a spoonful of cultured veggie juice, a soft pillow and a blanket, a puppy by her side, and then we waited. After about three hours and three spoonfuls of cultured veggie juice, which is the miracle remedy for any kind of stomach bug, she fell asleep on the couch. When she woke up, she was a new kid. She said she felt like herself again and said she was thirsty and hungry. and she wanted to play on her computer. 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
One of my favorite things they do is to mount an army inside of us to fight off pathogens. This army of good bacteria works together in large numbers. These bacteria sense you (the host), decide if they have enough in numbers, begin to dominate which kills off harmful bugs, find new places to live and reside, and restore order in your gut. Feed this mighty army plenty of prebiotic and probiotic foods, watch it grow and strengthen, and sickness will be a rare event in your house, too. But if you change the course of what you feed the good microbes, or what I call your brothers in arms, they can’t do their job as effectively and you will suffer. Sugar can lower your immune system significantly as stated in the famous 1973 study out of Loma Linda University, and if you would like to understand in greater depth how sugar can lower your immunity by 75%, check out this article.
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.
Foods I give my brothers 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