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Your Gut is Your Second Brain

Probiotics and Prebiotics and and the intelligence of your GUT

Your gut is highly intelligent and an ultra-sensitive system. It breaks down food and absorbs the nutrients so that they convert to energy. Your gut’s complex ecosystem of probiotics and prebiotics tells you when it is happy and unhappy. Listen to your GUT because it will warn you to smarten up your act and start eating better.

Your gut’s health matters more than you may realize.

How do you feel when you hear the word GUT? Is it your stomach you first think about or that butterfly feeling you get when you are overly anxious?

When we talk about the GUT, we are referring to your whole digestive system starting with your mouth and ending where? I hope we all know where our food ends up! Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract runs from your mouth to your large intestine and is lined with trillions of microorganisms and mucus that metabolize the foods you eat.

Studies are showing that there is a link between microbes and bacteria that occupy your gut and the ones that can cause disease. This is why your GUT health is so important, especially when you are living with cancer or another inflammatory condition. Keeping the balance of Probiotics and Prebiotics in the healthy range, with body-friendly strains is the key to helping your body keep that inflammation down.

Do you know the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?


Keep Your Gut Happy With Probiotics

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are the talk of the Internet these days, so let’s learn some truths about probiotics.

Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria or yeast) found in food products that help to promote the good bacteria in your gut. They keep the balance between both the good and “bad” bacteria.

If you need antibiotics, please take probiotics, so you line your gut with good bacteria to prevent the “bad” bacteria from getting out of balance. This will help boost your immune system.

If you are supplementing, make sure you read the label and that there are billions of live probiotic cultures in your supplement. Since your microbiome is composed of about 100-trillion good and bad bacteria, you will need a high number of CFU’s (Colony Forming Units). Look for 20 – 40 billion CFU’s.

There are many types of probiotics. They include lactobacilli (like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus GG), bifidobacteria (like Bifidobacterium bifidus) and some yeasts (like Saccharomyces boulardii). Different probiotics have different effects. Make sure to ask a health professional which treatment option is best for you.

9 foods loaded with probiotics

  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Saukraut
  • Miso
  • Kombucha
  • Buttermilk
  • Kimchi
  • Tempeh
  • Nato (If you can eat Nato kudos to you. OMG! …I have to say NO to Nato!)

Keep Your Gut Happy With Prebiotics

What are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are fermentable fibers, and they come from non-digestible carbohydrates. Non-digestible carbohydrates are found in foods like leeks, asparagus or artichokes. These foods are not fully digested, so they can reach the colon where good bacteria ferment them.

9 Foods loaded with prebiotics

  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Leeks
  • Chicory root
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Oats

When you don’t have enough fermentable fiber in your diet, you will have a lack of short-chain fatty acids. Short-chain fatty acids are produced when the fiber is metabolized by “good” bacteria in the colon.

When we eat the soluble fibers from whole plant foods, the bacteria in our gut ferment the fibers into short-chain fatty acids like butyrate and acetate. More significant amounts of fiber consumed will lead to greater short-chain fatty acid production. Naturally occurring soluble fibers are essential for feeding the friendly bacteria that live in our guts.

When our diet is low in fiber and high in sugar and saturated fats, we can create a leaking gut. This is where you have holes in the lining of your gut, and bacteria can breakthrough into the blood, causing all sorts of health problems.

How Do We Keep Our GUT Happy?

Your GUT requires two essential things: fermentable fiber to supply energy to the microbes in the gut (primarily in the colon) as well as adequate levels of polyphenols. Think of the polyphenols as gardeners that help to promote good bacterial growth and inhibit the bad. Without sufficient levels of either in the diet, the result is increased gut inflammation and an increase in leaky gut, which can cause inflammation in the body. Click here to learn more from my long time friend and mentor Barry Sears, Ph.D.

Remember that your gut is your second brain and is a highly intelligent and an ultra-sensitive system. It works together with probiotics and prebiotics to break down foods and absorbs their nutrients to convert into energy.

Your GUT tells you how you are feeling. Listen to your GUT because it will remind you to smarted up your act and start eating better foods.

Your GUT health contributes to your overall wellbeing by maintaining balance and keeping the “bad” bacteria from overwhelming your Gastrointestinal tract (GI)

When your gut is in balance, you will live in harmony.

Now you know how to get more energy and keep up a good pace as we climb together higher and higher up the holistic healing mountain.

Prue’s thought for the day: “Love your GUT and it will love you back!”

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Prudence Sinclair

Don’t Deny Your Feelings

It’s the holidays and everyone seems to be in such good moods, and you hate to spoil the fun with your darkness. You don’t want to feel dark; you want to feel like everyone else seems to.

Denying feelings is an impulse for many (if not most) people. But it’s not healthy and it will truly only make things worse. When we don’t process our feelings, they tend to linger.
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Don’t Deny Your Feelings

It’s the holidays and everyone seems to be in such good moods, and you hate to spoil the fun with your darkness. You don’t want to feel dark; you want to feel like everyone else seems to.

Denying feelings is an impulse for many (if not most) people. But it’s not healthy and it will truly only make things worse. When we don’t process our feelings, they tend to linger.

Whether you are dealing with your own health crisis, have a loved one who is, or have recently lost someone you love, coping with grief during the holidays can make you feel like you are in a nightmarish funhouse. Everything seems to move in slow motion, people have plastered smiles on their faces, holiday music seems to play from every corner of the Universe, and all you feel like doing is crying.

You are not alone during this time. Sadly, there are many people who are facing loneliness, grief and depression during the holidays.
While there is no magic wand or silver bullet that will make the pain go away, there are some things I have found that make coping a little bit easier:

- Don’t Deny Your Feelings
- Say “NO” When You Need To
- Identify Those Things You CAN Control
- Ask for Help
- Help Others
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Whether you are dealing with your own health crisis, have a loved one who is, or have recently lost someone you love, coping with grief during the holidays can make you feel like you are in a nightmarish funhouse. Everything seems to move in slow motion, people have plastered smiles on their faces, holiday music seems to play from every corner of the Universe, and all you feel like doing is crying.

You are not alone during this time. Sadly, there are many people who are facing loneliness, grief and depression during the holidays. 
While there is no magic wand or silver bullet that will make the pain go away, there are some things I have found that make coping a little bit easier:

- Don’t Deny Your Feelings 
- Say “NO” When You Need To 
- Identify Those Things You CAN Control 
- Ask for Help 
- Help Others

2 days ago

Prudence Sinclair

Good morning, lovely you!

I cannot believe we are almost to the end of October! Before you know it, we’ll be stuffing our faces with stuffing and pie! And while many of us will be lucky enough to enjoy the holiday season with our friends and family, many people will be dealing with grief and sadness at the same time.

It's important to remember that each person has their own journey, and those paths don't always make time for holidays. Whether it's cancer, a breakup, or just a bad situation, we should all try to spread hope and love and life wherever we go.
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Good morning, lovely you!

I cannot believe we are almost to the end of October! Before you know it, we’ll be stuffing our faces with stuffing and pie! And while many of us will be lucky enough to enjoy the holiday season with our friends and family, many people will be dealing with grief and sadness at the same time.

Its important to remember that each person has their own journey, and those paths dont always make time for holidays. Whether its cancer, a breakup, or just a bad situation, we should all try to spread hope and love and life wherever we go.

3 days ago

Prudence Sinclair

Deal with Your Stress

We can’t talk about boosting your immune system without talking about stress. Because the truth is, chronic stress is the number 1 enemy of your immune system.

I’ve discussed the “fight or flight” response our body has to stress in other blog posts. But to quickly summarize, when we find ourselves in harms’ way, our body has a chemical reaction that helps us either fight the danger or flee from the danger. This automatic response is what helped our ancestors survive attacks by sabre-tooth tigers and such.

But now we don’t have the same kinds of dangers in our environment. We have mortgage payments, tyrannical bosses, COVID-19, working from home stress and 24/7 media hype! These stressors stay in our environment, which leads to a lengthened chemical response in our body, and that leads to chronic inflammation.

But a prolonged response to stress also suppresses the very immune cells that are needed to fight off infection and illness.

I CANNOT STRESS how important it is to deal with the stress in your life in healthy ways. Meditation is a powerful way to deal with stress. Deep breathing exercises, physical exercise, and spending time in nature are also great ways to deal with stress. And if you find you need to speak to a mental health counselor, do it. Your health is on the line.

If you’re one of my readers that always says, “I know, I know, I should be better about supporting my immune system,” then consider me right now giving you a friendly kick in the pants to just DO IT already!

Much love and health to you!
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Deal with Your Stress

We can’t talk about boosting your immune system without talking about stress. Because the truth is, chronic stress is the number 1 enemy of your immune system.

I’ve discussed the “fight or flight” response our body has to stress in other blog posts. But to quickly summarize, when we find ourselves in harms’ way, our body has a chemical reaction that helps us either fight the danger or flee from the danger. This automatic response is what helped our ancestors survive attacks by sabre-tooth tigers and such.

But now we don’t have the same kinds of dangers in our environment. We have mortgage payments, tyrannical bosses, COVID-19, working from home stress and 24/7 media hype! These stressors stay in our environment, which leads to a lengthened chemical response in our body, and that leads to chronic inflammation.

But a prolonged response to stress also suppresses the very immune cells that are needed to fight off infection and illness.

I CANNOT STRESS how important it is to deal with the stress in your life in healthy ways. Meditation is a powerful way to deal with stress. Deep breathing exercises, physical exercise, and spending time in nature are also great ways to deal with stress. And if you find you need to speak to a mental health counselor, do it. Your health is on the line.

If you’re one of my readers that always says, “I know, I know, I should be better about supporting my immune system,” then consider me right now giving you a friendly kick in the pants to just DO IT already!

Much love and health to you!

4 days ago

Prudence Sinclair

Polyphenols

Decades of research have now confirmed that polyphenols, powerful plant compounds, have very positive effects on the immune system. Without getting too science-y, the body’s mucosal layer is its first line of defense against invading pathogens. But this layer, over time, can become susceptible to structural abnormalities, which negatively impacts the immune system’s initial response. Polyphenols protect this mucosal layer, thereby helping your immune system to do its job!

To get more polyphenols into your diet, be sure to add berries, dark chocolate, beans, nuts, red onions, spinach, black and green tea and red wine to your diet!
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Polyphenols

Decades of research have now confirmed that polyphenols, powerful plant compounds, have very positive effects on the immune system. Without getting too science-y, the body’s mucosal layer is its first line of defense against invading pathogens. But this layer, over time, can become susceptible to structural abnormalities, which negatively impacts the immune system’s initial response. Polyphenols protect this mucosal layer, thereby helping your immune system to do its job!

To get more polyphenols into your diet, be sure to add berries, dark chocolate, beans, nuts, red onions, spinach, black and green tea and red wine to your diet!
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