What's Your Gut Telling You?

What's Your Gut Telling You?

..." [T]he time has come to embark on a project of restoration ecology — not in the rain forest or on the prairie but right here at home, in the human gut."

—Michael Pollan, "Some of My Best Friends Are Germs." NY Times Magazine, May 15, 2013

I'm a strange bird. I admit it.

I think about things like gut bacteria all the time. Not in an "eew-icky" way, but rather with a profound curiosity for the multi-trillion little critters that call our body home.

In fact, here's something wild to contemplate: We are only about 10% human. Microbial bacteria make up our other 90%. "They" outnumber "us" nearly 10 to 1.

So while we think we're discrete organisms roaming through space, in reality we host vast constellations of bacterial guardians that govern our immunity, our digestion, and now—research is discovering—even our taste buds. 

When pathogenic bacteria—the "bad guys"—outnumber the beneficial flora, they will direct their host—i.e., you—to do their bidding and reach for those Krispy Kremes to keep them alive.  

So if you've been cutting calories, exercising frenetically, and berating your body for not cooperating with your plan, furgettaboutit. Better to relax in the barcalounger with the latest Oprah magazine.  

Or better yet, read this article from UCSF, which argues that boosting our gut flora with prebiotics and probiotics will not only help the pounds fall away but strengthen our resilience to cravings, binges, and the myriad lifestyle-related diseases plaguing our culture. 

Having taught fermented foods classes since 2007, I can guide you on tips for introducing these vital victuals into your diet as well as tap with you to create the emotional safety that allows your body to let the excess pounds go.

Feel free to contact me if you’d like to learn more.

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