I introduced you to fermented foods in this post. There is so much more information, it’s hard to know where to start. One of the things that really speaks truth to me about adding fermented foods to your diet is the ability they have to change behaviors. Because of the gut-brain axis I talked about in my previous post, behaviors can be linked to the gut. Think about this for a minute. By consuming foods that destroy and impair your gut, you are causing damage to your body’s ability to communicate effectively within its systems.
One thing that I profess a lot is that most people have no idea how bad they really feel. It’s true. Most of us are living life and we think that this is just the way things are – we feel tired all the time, our brain gets fuzzy, we have lots of headaches or stomach aches or bloating/cramping/indigestion, we have zero energy, we sleep poorly, the list goes on. Until you truly cleanse out and heal your gut and eat real food that is meant to help your body perform the way it was designed to, you will never know anything different. There is potential for you to feel and look amazing, to sleep peacefully and deeply, to wake feeling like a million bucks and ready to go, to have constant energy all day long, to run and play with your kids and not have it feel like a chore — these seem like a dream to some.
It’s all about what you put into your mouth. Some people exercise like crazy and can’t seem to drop the weight like they want to. I am telling you – what you eat will have more of an impact on your life, your weight, how you feel, etc. than ANY exercise program ever will. So if you are a work out fanatic but are frustrated that you aren’t reaching your goals – take a look at what you are eating. Or if you want to lose weight but the thought of going out on a run seems daunting – change your diet instead. The power is in food. The power to heal and thrive, or the power to break down and feel awful.
All disease begins in the gut.
Studies have been done to show the link between some development and behavioral issues and gut health that are pretty exciting. If I went into detail you would probably think I was CRAZY (if you don’t already) and would stop reading immediately. But I firmly believe this is where the science is heading, so one day you will hear more about it (and I won’t be so crazy).
I feel that the science is finally catching up to what our ancestors were clued into long before our time. Hippocrates said this over 2,000 years ago and we are just in the last two decades beginning to find that an unhealthy gut contributes to a lot of diseases including: diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, chronic fatigue, autism, adhd, and more!
There is a movement right now among some researchers to get “psychobiotic” drugs out there (basically adding more probiotics and fermented foods, but they wouldn’t dare say that diet has anything to do with it . . . it has to be labeled as a “drug.”
I find it interesting that these ideas aren’t accepted until it’s “science” and I wish they would hurry up already. But for those who know that this just “makes sense,” I’m with you and am doing what I can now to feel and look my best, using foods that will feed my gut.
The more I delve into the gut-brain connection and how a healthy gut can transform lives, the more excited I get. If you have ever talked to me face to face about this subject, you know I get a little crazy hyper about it! There are so many people out there suffering, and so many who don’t know where to look for answers.
That doesn’t mean reading a random blog post on the internet is the best answer, but if it excites more questions and deeper research and knowledge gained, then I am happy to post my little posts all day long.
I’m constantly learning, and encourage you to do the same. If you aren’t consuming fermented foods as part of your diet, I can’t stress enough how important they are. Everything starts in the gut. If it’s damaged, heal it. If it’s not (but trust me, most are), then start adding in these fermented foods and probiotics right away. Finding a good quality probiotic supplement is key to optimal gut health. And as always, if you want to hear me geek out, just ask me more questions!