Let me tell you about Mary. She sat on the front row of one of my classes and cried throughout my class while I talked. Right after class, she came up to me and explained how much these probiotic foods I teach about had changed her life. Sick with digestion and depression and feeling hopeless, she found encouragement and hope from my books to give these foods a try. A year later, she was a different woman and was off her prescription meds for depression and her food allergies had gone away. She just cried as she told me all about her plight, and of course, I cried right with her. It was such relief and joy that our bodies couldn’t contain it all it, so the tears just kept falling in gratefulness. Who would have ever thought that invisible microbes would be the answer to our prayers and cries for help. I certainly would have never thought such a thing; but I recall that it started as a still, small voice inside of me — “Make the kefir.” It was one small choice that became the tipping point for so much change. When I see people find the answers as I did, it’s fuel to the fire that drives me to tell as many as I can.
These precious microbes that are making your body your own are designed to help you and they affect everything. We are just scratching the surface of what they can do. Everyone in medicine and scientific research is waking up and studying microbes. We’ve been ignoring them for many years, even killing them with antibiotics and forgetting to rebuild them. Our diets have slowly starved them and destroyed over 30% of our diverse strains and left us in sad shape. The sickness and sadness I encounter has helped me find my way to a new world and I want to help you too. You’re never alone – you have 100 trillion microbes in you right this second, and all they care about is you. It’s a wonderful plan and my job is to help you understand all of this.
What your microbes can do
90% of the Serotonin is made in the gut
For example, drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are sometimes prescribed for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These drugs are typically used to treat depression. However, physicians have discovered that when treating depression in patients with IBS, these patients also find relief from irritable bowel symptoms when they take an SSRI drug. These findings have been confirmed with MRI imaging: there is a clear relationship between gut function and brain function. So, serotonin made mostly in the gut is a neurotransmitter. It is responsible for regulating things in the body such as mood, appetite, and sleep. The right amount of serotonin in the brain produces a relaxed and positive feeling. Since your bacteria help produce serotonin, you’ll need to have more help from your bacteria to feel good – and not just good, but fantastic. And believe me, I have experienced this many times over.
I have seen everything from IBS, colitis, ulcers, celiac disease, constipation, chronic diarrhea, and many other digestive disorders vanish after consuming cultured foods. So how do these microbes heal and restore the gut? They do it when you have enough of certain strains of bacteria that work to repair the gut lining, make a protective barrier to keep out pathogens, and reduce inflammation. Then they do something even more exciting – they help you digest your food and get more nutrients from the foods you eat. When you add enough of certain strains of bacteria, they assist in the ridding of food allergies. Researchers have found that most food allergies are caused by overuse of antibiotics. I have found this to be the case in my body. These antibiotics kill certain strains of bacteria that help us digest our foods. When you put these strains back into your body, it is important to try to consume them at every meal. I did this with my daughter, and her food allergies are no more. The bacteria do the work inside of you. They do what you cannot do on your own because they’re designed to do this for you. All you have to do is feed them the right things and let the magic healing begin.
Gut Bacteria are responsible for your immunity
Detoxifies you from chemicals and pesticides
Another study found that kimchi contains a strain of bacteria capable of breaking down sodium nitrate, which is linked to a variety of chronic degenerative diseases, including cancer. The study found a depletion of sodium nitrate by up to 90.0%. Sodium nitrate becomes toxic when it is converted in food products, but bacteria can degrade this chemical. Four lactobacillus strains were capable of breaking down this toxic byproduct. Lactobacillus bacteria is found in so many of these cultured foods. It can play a huge role in detoxifying heavy metals from the body that can damage our cells and it does this without us even knowing that it’s happening. Don’t you think that’s super cool?!
Perchlorate is an ingredient in jet fuel and fireworks that widely contaminates the environment and our food. Sadly, even organic food has been found to contain high levels of this toxicant, making it exceedingly difficult to avoid exposure. But Bifidobacterium bifidum is capable of degrading this chemical.
Okay so how do we do this?
I tell the story in the recipe below.
The Peach Smoothie That Remembers When
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