“All disease begins in the gut.”
-Hippocrates, Father of medicine
There sure is a lot of talk these days about gut health. But up until about six or seven years ago, you didn’t hear many people talk about gut health. So what gives?
Well, newer research has helped modern healthcare professionals know what Hippocrates knew thousands of years ago: disease starts in the gut. Period. The healthier your gut – the healthier YOU are.
Beyond digestion and proper nutrient absorption, your gut plays a huge role in how various systems in your body function. For instance, did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut? 80%! If your gut isn’t healthy, your immune system can’t possibly work properly and your overall health takes a hit.
Your gut’s microbiome has a direct impact on your body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, digestion, vitamin production, immune response, and ability to eliminate toxins. But what is the microbiome exactly?
What Is the Gut Microbiome?
Right this minute, as you read this blog post, you are NOT reading it alone. In fact, you’re never really alone because your body is home to trillions (that’s Trillions with a “T”) of microbes, and most of these microbes live in your gut.
Microbes are microscopic living things such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. As I mentioned, most of the microbes live in your gut, in a “pocket” of your large intestine called the cecum to be exact. And of all these microbes the largest in number are bacteria. In fact, you have more bacteria cells in your body than human cells – or at least you SHOULD. There are an estimated 4- trillion bacterial cells in your body and only 30 trillion human cells.
So, in other words, to be truly healthy your body must be MORE bacteria than it is human!!
To take this topic slightly further, there are up to 1,000 strains of bacteria in the human gut microbiome and each one plays a specific and important role in your health. So, diversity of bacteria is also really crucial.
The bottom line is, when your gut is healthy, you will see positive results in everything from digestion to mood to memory and a decrease in autoimmune issues.
The Link Between Gut Health and Arthritis
There is a direct correlation between the health of your gut and the health of your joints. In fact, studies have found that a “leaky gut” can trigger flare-ups in autoimmune diseases like RA, lupus and multiple sclerosis.
When your gut microbiome is compromised, it can cause the lining of your digestive tract to become permeable. This means all the “stuff” like food and bacteria that’s supposed to stay INSIDE your intestines can leak out into your bloodstream.
When this happens, how do you think your body responds? By calling for ALL OUT WAR! Your immune system recognizes this “stuff” as foreign invaders, and it’s right to think that. This “stuff” is not supposed to step foot outside your GI tract.
So when your immune system is kicked into overdrive, the body reacts by increasing INFLAMMATION. Inflammation is how your body fights pathogens and wounds. But in this case, the chronic inflammation can wreak havoc on systems, organs and your joints – and the result is increase joint pain and stiffness.
So, achieving microbial balance in your gut can be one powerful way you can manage your RA symptoms.
What Disrupts Your Microbiome?
You can probably imagine that one of the biggest culprits of gut microbiome disruption is a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to kill off bad bacteria. The problem is, they cannot discern between bad bacteria and good bacteria. So they kill ALL bacteria.
A single course of antibiotics is strong enough to disrupt your gut’s microbiome for up to a FULL year. This can wreak MAJOR havoc on your overall health.
But it’s not just antibiotics that can disrupt your gut’s microbiome. Other things such as a poor diet, stress and sugar can all cause your gut health to take a hit.
How to Restore Gut Health to Reduce RA Symptoms
Right now, there is a very good chance your gut’s microbiome is out of whack for the reasons I just listed. This means you’ve got too much bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria.
Of course, another name for good bacteria is PRO-biotic. This is why it is so important for people to consume more probiotics in their diet. One of the best ways to get more probiotics into your gut is to eat fermented foods.
But one of the absolute BEST fermented foods to correct your gut microbiome is a fermented drink called kefir. Traditionally made from cow or goat milk, kefir contains colonies of yeast and lactic acid bacteria.
Kefir originated from parts of Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. The name comes from the Turkish word “keyif”, which means “feeling good.” Kefir is great for people who are lactose intolerant because the bacteria eats a majority of the lactose sugars in milk. But kefir can also be made using coconut water and coconut milk.
Now you may be wondering do you really need to drink kefir if you already eat yogurt? Without question, yogurt is the best-known probiotic in the Western world. But kefir is a more potent source of probiotics.
Yogurt usually only contains a handful of bacteria strains. But kefir offers up to 61 strains of bacteria and yeasts, making it a rich source of diverse microbes.
Kefir is very easy to make yourself at home. A simple search for “How to Make Kefir” will result in numerous sources with instructions. Yes, you can buy kefir at the store, but many brands will add extra sugar, and you really don’t want to eat extra sugar.
If you suffer from arthritis pain and stiffness, it’s important to focus on the health of your gut. The bonus is, once your gut is healthy, you will most likely notice other areas of your health improve as well!
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