The Perfect Foods For Your Gut AND Your Stem Cells
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The topic for this blog is so important to your health that we have dedicated two full blog posts to this issue. If you missed last weeks blog post on gut health and probiotics, scroll down to catch up.
Did you know that there are more probiotic microorganisms in your body than human cells?
And most of those helpful bacteria are in your gut.
FACT #1: The beneficial bacteria in your body outweigh your brain. Your brain weighs around 2 pounds, the bacteria in your body weigh around 3.5 pounds.
FACT #2: 70-80% of your immune system resides in your gut.
Like stem cells, probiotics can improve your health in many different ways.
Probiotics are perhaps best known for improving digestion, boosting your immune system, and helping you make important neurotransmitters like serotonin.
But the benefits don’t stop there…
A healthy gut microbiome (i.e., the ecosystem of your GI tract) can help improve the following:
- regulate blood pressure
- improve cholesterol
- improve vaginal health
- kidney health
- urinary health
- fight heart disease
- prevent and fight certain cancers
- prevent and treat some forms of dementia
Question: With so many probiotics living inside your body, on a scale of 1-10, how important do you think it is to have a healthy gut?
Don’t answer yet… wait until you read about the cutting-edge research on how stem cells and probiotics work synergistically in your body…
The Gut and Stem Cells
As you may have guessed, there is a very strong relationship between you having a healthy gut, your stem cells, and your overall health.
Essentially, a healthy gut promotes healthy stem cells (both directly and indirectly), and probiotics and stem cells work synergistically in your body.
Study 1: Stomach Cancer, Probiotics, and Stem Cells
Between 25% and 33% of Americans are expected to get cancer sometime in their lifetime. Radiation therapy is one of the primary treatments of cancer.
And you will be happy to know that probiotics can protect your stomach during radiation treatments if you or someone you know ever has cancer.
In animal research, rats were exposed to harsh radiation in their stomach and intestine. The rats given a probiotic before radiation had significantly less damage to their intestine than control rats.
Researchers also found a significant difference between stem cells in the rats protected by probiotics and the control rats.
Study #2: Fasting and Stem Cells
Researchers found that fasting for 24 hours increased the number of stem cells in the gut.
What’s more, they found that fasting increased the ability of stem cells to repair the body and rejuvenate tissues.
Here’s the theory…
Fasting weakened old and dying cells, which the body then replaced with new and healthy cells. And stem cells helped the body create those new replacement cells.
And do probiotics in your gut like fasting? You bet they do.
How to Boost Your Probiotics
So you may be wondering, “Aside from fasting, what else can I do to help the beneficial bacteria in my gut?”
Here are 3 foods you can eat to promote healthy bacteria in your gut.
3 FOODS TO BOOST PROBIOTICS
Kimchi is a traditional Korean food that is packed with probiotics. It is made by fermenting vegetables with numerous probiotics, and the biggest one is lactic acid bacteria (LAB).
Also, the primary vegetables fermented to make kimchi are cruciferousvegetables, which further increases the health benefits.
Dark chocolate has many healthy benefits, including feeding healthy bacteria in your large intestine. Dark chocolate contains fiber that passes undigested through your GI tract all the way to the large intestine, where probiotics use it as fuel.
For example, in a 4 week study, those who ate dark chocolate had significantly more probiotics in their gut than the control group. Try to stay away from dark chocolate that is loaded with sugar.
Similar to kimchi, this traditional German dish is made by fermenting cabbage with probiotics. Interestingly, it is thought to have originated in China.
Researchers found that when they fed the probiotic in sauerkraut (Lactobacillus plantarum) to mice, it lowered the cholesterol in their blood.
2 “Healthy” Foods to Stay Away From
One food great for probiotics is Kefir, which is derived from cow’s milk. We do not recommend kefir however, because dairy can cause inflammation, and inflammation can be harmful to stem cells.
So we recommend trying the 3 foods above to boost probiotics in your gut before turning to kefir.
Yogurt is another food we do not recommend. Yes, yogurt can be beneficial to gut bacteria, and it can also be harmful.
Yogurt is often filled with added sugar, and sugar is bad for your gut and is inflammatory. Because it is difficult to know which yogurts have added sugar, we recommend looking to other food sources to boost probiotics.
A healthy gut can have many health benefits for your Stem cells and probiotics work together to create a “healthier you”. Fasting increases stem cells and is good for your gut bacteria
3 foods to eat that can boost probiotics:
- Dark Chocolate
2 “Healthy” foods to be careful about:
Thank you for reading!
We hope this blog was helpful to you, and that you begin to take steps to boost the healthy bacteria in your gut.
To your health,
The Healing Miracle Team
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