Hippocrates said that “all sickness begins in the gut.” That was a long time ago. Today, studies have shown that approximately 80% of all illnesses begin in the gut.
The gut (aka the second brain) includes the entire digestive tract; mouth, esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, colon, and rectum.
Taking care of your gut flora can help with acne, ulcers, vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections
Eat probiotic rich foods
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria. They limit the growth of harmful bacteria by creating immunity-building compounds and natural antibiotics in the gut.
Active cultures include Lactobacillus acidophilus, Streptococcus thermophilus, and Bifidobacterium
Probiotic-rich foods include:
2. Take a quality probiotic supplement
If you are opposed to the suggested probiotic foods, try a quality supplement.
Keep in mind, in order for probiotics to be effective, the culture must be alive. So check the expiration date. In addition, make sure the colony forming units (CFUs) are billions.
To maintain, store in the refrigerator.
3. Eat pre-biotics
Prebiotics are carbohydrates (fiber) that cannot be digested. They are a source of food for the good bacteria to proliferate in the gut.
Prebiotic foods include:
- wheat bran
- burdock root
- chicory root
- apple skin
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, certified health coach and entrepreneur. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo, Redbook, Natural Health, Instyle, Working Woman, Huffington Post, Essence Online, Tampa Tribune and more. She is currently the Chief Self-care Connoisseur and founder of I. O. Beauty Market, where she curates products that are free of toxic, harmful ingredients.