Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates is said to have noted, “All disease begins in the gut.” As I see it, he was right: Our intestines contain trillions of microbes of many species that metabolize food and make vitamins accessible to us. Adding up to about 4 pounds of body weight, these good bugs protect us against “bad” microbes like tetanus and E. coli. They are central to our health.
“Probably one of the most important services your microbes provide is immunity,”
Your body’s beneficial bacteria and gut microbes need your help; here are 9 ways to give ’em a hand.
- Eat organic
- Go whole grain
- Embrace fermented foods
- Avoid artificial sweeteners
- Steer clear of commercial emulsifiers
- Be judicious with antibiotics
- Get dirty
- Wash with soap and water
- Stay tuned to ongoing research
For the entire article printed in Rodale’s Organic Life click HERE.