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Why Your Health Depends on Breading Good Bacteria

I treated my sore legs, ankles, feet, diabetes, arthritis, bipolar and other diseases by learning to breed good bacteria in my gut.

Research has taught me that all diseases, Cancer… Obesity… Diabetes… Cardiovascular disease… Autoimmune disease… Celiac… IBS… Crohn’s… Skin Disease… Allergies… Parkinson’s… Depression… Autism… Hashimoto’s disease… the list goes on, has a direct link to one’s gut.

It takes about 15 years for new scientific discoveries to reach doctor’s rooms and be actioned. When it is actioned, it is done using military-style medicine – kill the symptom. Here is a heads-up on the latest health discoveries that could save your life or at least deal with severe and painful diseases based on my personal experience of limited illnesses mentioned above.

What is Butyrate and Its Importance?

Butyrate is a type of fatty acid that helps your gut work right – it activates your immune system – regenerates Neurons in the brain – helps extract amino acids out of our food like those needed for serotonin and dopamine, which of course helps release depression.

The human body is like an organic garden, designed and created to perfection. As we kill it with chemicals, it becomes more sterile, loses its identity and becomes less effective in its companion function in the organic garden.  Put a single cell in isolation, solitary confinement, with no support around it, no ecosystem; it turns into cancer. We are waging war on our microbes that inter-connect our garden pathways by allowing ourselves to consume pesticides, insecticides, antibiotics, chemotherapy, etc., we need to move to a holistic nature-friendly model by becoming our own self-healer.

As the risk of cancer is increasing, our good bacteria are decreasing. You do not have to be a scientist to realise there is a relationship between dreaded diseases and our “good guys” living within us, with our permission and hopefully, our support.

The good bacteria are vital to the training and function of our immune system. It was set up to reject bad foreign invaders and repair damage. 70% of our immune system is around the gut lining. These cells are made in the bone marrow, thymus and spleen. Depending on the health of these organs, will determine the health of their offspring. When released they either float around the body watching for invaders or take up a stationary post, like in the nose or mouth, waiting for an invader. If our bone marrow is unhealthy, the white cells we need to fight infection would be weak, the red blood cells would not be able to carry oxygen, and the platelets would not stop our bleeding.

Our immune systems become misguided over the years. Mould, harmful parasites, heavy metal toxicity, wrong foods, chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, mood changes, leaky gut, stress and environmental issues, puzzles the immune system.

I concluded in my research and planning for myself, that my immune system desperately needed a healthy gut with good essential bacteria to start defending against harmful bacteria and viruses throughout all my body’s systems and particularly my small intestines, my brain, thyroid, liver and Vagus nerve.

I needed Butyrate to:

  1. To repair my GUT lining and strengthen my immune system.
  2. Decrease inflammation – reduce disease risk, along with the symptoms of my diseases.
  3. Improve my ability to digest nutrients from the food I chose to eat.
  4. Protect against brain disorders.
  5. Lose weight.
  6. Heal my leaky gut.
  7. Help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Relief.

In general, Short chain fatty acids like butyric acid will have a very positive impact on gut health, which significantly affects the health of your entire body by keeping the gut lining healthy and sealed.

I will tell you how I increased my level of Butyric acid at the end, but before that, I want to quickly share the bigger picture which is becoming so important in new-health and on the road to self-healing.

Humans are not, and have never been, alone. From the moment we are born, millions of foreign micro-organisms populate our bodies and coexist with us for the rest of our lives. We host these little foreign fellows; they are not part of us.

The Essential and so-important Microbiome.

The microbiome represents the totality of micro-organisms, and their complete set of DNAs, including all its genes. A microbiome is “the ecological community of living, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space.”

These micro-organisms living in, or on, us have evolved to extract the energy they require to survive, and in exchange, they support our physical, metabolic and immune capacities that have contributed to our evolutionary success.

The human body is host to around 100 trillion microbe cells including bacteria, viruses and fungi. They outnumber the human cells in the body 10 to 1.

Some regard it as a “newly discovered organ” since its existence was not generally recognized until recently and it is understood to have a potentially overwhelming impact on human health. Modern techniques for sequencing DNA have enabled researchers to find most of these microbes since most of them cannot be cultured in a lab using current technologies.

This world of foreign residents in us plays a fundamental role in the induction, training and function of our immune system. In return, our immune system maintains the collaborative relationship with these highly diverse and evolving little fellows for them to live peacefully within us.

When operating optimally, this immune system-microbiota alliance protects our body and each other, from pathogens. However, in high medical aid use countries, overuse of antibiotics, fast-food changes in diet; murders our good partners.  It is good-bye to balanced immune responses, and harmful bacteria and viruses can enter and take residence in our body. War is then declared. It is our choice to continue to allow the bad guys to live in our bodies and dictate how we behave and eat. Ignorance of the process is no excuse – you will still fall ill and possibly die much sooner than later.

This phenomenon accounts for the dramatic rise in cardiovascular, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders in parts of the world where our symbiotic relationship with the microbiota has been the most affected.

This results in our inflammatory markers, cancer markers, gastrointestinal function markers, diabetes markers, thyroid function, liver function, colon and small intestine ratios and elimination function, all changing possibly without our knowledge or the knowledge of our doctors. Anyway, our allopathic medicine system does not search for these changes in our microbiome.

Apples are one of the key foods to be eating every day – preferably stewed. The positive health effects of apple-derived micro-nutrients that give apples their therapeutic value still depend on their absorption, metabolism, distribution, and elimination from the body after consumption. This process requires the availability of relevant good entities and the absence of antibiotics. Antibiotics produce adverse alterations of micro-nutrient breakdown.

Inflammation Control

Apples through their numerous micro-chemical nutrient compounds protect the intestinal tissues from inflammatory damage and enhance cell to cell communication activity via the management of the primary gene related to amplifying components of immune defence.

Apples also aid immune regulation and diminish gut-lining sensitivity via histamine suppression.

Brain Benefits

The two brains, gut-head brains, communicate via the Vagus nerve. Apples also confer a benefit away from the GI Tract improving neuro-receptor responses in the main-brain via the elimination of inflammation.

An immune driven response characterised by malaise, fatigue, anhedonia, anxiety and depression has also been beneficially mediated via three apples per day.

Soluble fibre, as derived from apples is resistant to digestion but fermentable. Fermentation of soluble fibre by GI bacteria, primarily colon, generates, as I’ve mentioned earlier, short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) with butyrate having the most significant potential role in immunity.

Butyrate is a well-recognised as an inhibitor of cancers, parasitic and inflammatory diseases.

I found my research interesting when I uncovered the fact that members of our microbiome use us to avoid attack by other invaders and actively influence our immune systems for their own advantage. Unfortunately, while they are protecting themselves, our immune systems may be out of balance because of this, leaving us more vulnerable to other dangerous bacteria, as well as autoimmune conditions.

Experiments with a diet high in apples have shown a direct impact on bacterial colonisation in the colon:

  • Healthy adults noted an increase in the good Bifidobacterial species and Lactobacillus numbers,
  • but bad Clostridium, Perfringens, Pseudomonas and Enterobacteriaceae declined in numbers.

These findings indicate that apple consumption is related to an improved intestinal environment. Apple pectin is one of the active apple components improving the faecal environment; pectin produces a better total SCFA production in the human gut.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is added to the apples at the time of cooking as this herb has demonstrated several benefits to add value to the stewed apple.

Cinnamon also offers an insulin modifying role that helps to counteract the impact of consuming cooked apples (which increases the release of fruit sugars) providing access to this recipe by patients with metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Evidence suggests that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-tumour, cardiovascular, cholesterol-lowering, and immunomodulatory effects. The use of cinnamon as an adjunct to the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus is always good.

Hope for new-health, can take the faecal matter from one person to another and things change quickly. Health and mental behaviour are linked through the microbiome. Your gut flora determines who you are – neuroscience. Test your poop. The smart toilet will be invented soon – the inventer will make a fortune – any takers?

Your Health Depends on Healing Your Microbiome.

The human microbiome has an influence on the following four broad areas of importance to health – It’s worth starting the 5-point plan at the end of this blog:

  • nutrition
  • immunity
  • behaviour
  • disease

Nutrition.

As well as absorbing energy from food, gut microbes are essential to helping humans take in nutrients. Gut bacteria help us break down complex molecules in meats and vegetables, for example. Without the aid of gut bacteria, plant cellulose is indigestible.

Gut microbes use their metabolic activities to influence our food cravings and feelings of being full.

The diversity of the microbiota is related to the diversity of the diet. Younger adults trying out a wide variety of foods display a more varied gut microbiota than adults who follow a distinct dietary pattern day after day.

Immunity

From the moment an animal is born, they start building their microbiome. Humans acquire their first microbes from the entrance of their mother’s cervix on arrival into the world.

Without these early microbial guests, adaptive immunity would not exist. This is a vital defensive mechanism that learns how to respond to microbes after encountering them. This allows for a quicker and more effective response to disease-causing organisms.

Behaviour

The microbiota can affect the brain, which is also involved in digestion. Some have even called the gut microbiota a “second brain.”

Small molecules released by the activity of gut bacteria trigger the response of nerves in the gastrointestinal tract.

Researchers have also observed links between the gut microbiome and psychological disorders, such as depression and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

Disease

Bacterial populations in the gastrointestinal system have provided insights into gut conditions, including inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Low microbial diversity in the gut has been linked to IBD as well as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The status of the gut microbiota has been linked to metabolic syndrome. Changing the diet by including the 5-Step plan below will help enormously according to research.

Gut microbes and their genetics affect energy balance, brain development, and cognitive function.

Disturbing the microbiota with antibiotics and junk food additives can lead to disease, including infections that become resistant to an antibiotic.

Massive investment has and is continuing to go into research about microbial populations in the body and their genetics, exploring links with health and disease. Most of the microorganisms living in humans are found in the gastrointestinal system, and this is also where most discoveries are being made.

Poop Analysis and Transplanting.

Recent developments include further confirmation of ways to insert a new strain into an existing microbiota using nutrient availability without affecting the overall balance and function of the microbiome. This opens the potential for probiotic treatments and new methods of analysing the makeup of the gut microbiota by using poop.

Why not have your “poop” analysed to evaluate the condition of your microbiome. The gut microbiota is fast becoming a cornerstone of preventive medicine.

How to balance and strengthen your GUT.

I picked up this stewed cinnamon apple recipe in a seminar and have found it to be incredibly helpful in bringing down my inflammation and offering healing effects to the gut. H pylori and other bad bugs caused inflammation and immune responses in my stomach and intestine, which is what prompted my pain, burning, and even constipation and diarrhoea. You can modulate your immune system and reduce inflammation using the 5-points below.

Diversity makes the microbiome stronger. Personalise your diet according to how you feel a few hours after eating any food. One size does not fit all. I grow my own veggies in pots, join me by getting your hands dirty with soil – its good for your microbiome strengthening.

The combination of apple and cinnamon can work wonders.

  1. Stewed apples. Make applesauce from apples without pips but leave the skin on, boil for about 10 minutes and add cinnamon. Liquidise and take about 3 tablespoons any time of the day but not with other food. Apples are rich in pectin; stewing them releases the pectin to become food for the good microbes in your gut.

  2. Root vegetables. Eat one different root vegetable per day, for example, beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, etc. Each plant produces different good bacteria – diversity is key. Look for different colours of veggies.

  3. Prebiotic foods (fibre). Google a list and add two of them with your root vegetable — for example, artichokes, cabbage, beans, raw garlic, leeks, onions, asparagus, green banana, etc.

  4. Fermented foods (Probiotic). 

    Look for different colours of the foods. Eat a tablespoon full of a different fermented food every day before meals — for example, pickled onions, pickled beets, sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha, yoghurt, Kefir, pickled cucumbers.

  5. Resistant starch. Cook white rice and/or potatoes and eat cold. You cannot digest it, but the good bacteria thrive on it.

Do not eat wheat, regardless, ever, never – I’m not talking about gluten – not any form of wheat while you are healing of any disease or health problem.

Remember, refined foods, and food additives are toxic to the microbiome gut especially when you are not well. Your health depends on your microbiome with its friendly foreigners living in you.

If we are collapsing as a species – the microbiome is the best hope for the survival of the human species and you.

 

Let’s Live Healthier and Longer, Together,

Michael Plumstead.