How to change your gut bacteria to improve your health

in #health5 years ago (edited)

There have been several recent studies showing that people who have inflamatory diseases, those with conditions like PCOS, those with diabetes and those who are obese have different gut bacteria compared to healthy people.

The main issue is that their gut bateria is less diverse than that of healthy people. According to Scientific American,

In studies of twins who were both lean or both obese, researchers found that the gut community in lean people was like a rain forest brimming with many species but that the community in obese people was less diverse—more like a nutrient-overloaded pond where relatively few species dominate. Lean individuals, for example, tended to have a wider variety of Bacteroidetes, a large tribe of microbes that specialize in breaking down bulky plant starches and fibers into shorter molecules that the body can use as a source of energy.

Gut bacteria is important, it manufactures a lot of the B vitamins you need for health, as well as produces hormones like serotonin which regulate wellbeing.

It appears that in people who are unhealthy, the bad bacteria has killed off the good, reducing the diversity in the gut.

So how to restore the health of your gut?

First go on a fast

Bacteria need food to live, and if you want to shrink the amount of bad bacteria in your gut, fasting is the easiest way. Make sure you drink a lot of water while fasting - you'll need to poop out the dead bacteria, and drinking a lot of water will help the passage out.

Don't do a total fast for more than two days

Now repopulate your gut

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Eating fermented foods are the best way to do this.

Try sauerkraut, dill pickles, miso soup, tempeh, kimchi, yogurt and sourdough bread.

You can make your own fermented vegetables by packing them tightly in a mason jar with brine. The brine will react with the food to produce lactic acid (which preserves the food and gives it it's sour taste) and probiotics. Within a week, you have some fermented vegetables.

In addition, add some dark green vegetables to your diet. Try and eat something different each day - the more diverse your diet, the more diverse your gut bacteria.

Add meat to your diet slowly and in small amounts

If you are still suffering from bloating and yeast infections try Manuka Honey

Manuka is also known as Teatree, and the honey is produced by bees exclusively gathering nectar from the manuka flowers. Manuka is a strong anti-bacterial plant, and the honey has anti-bacterial properties as well.

Eat the manuka honey on a piece of white bread, four times a day. At some point you will pass out a lot of stuff (that's the dead bacteria that has been plaguing you), and then feel wonderful once it has gone.


Great article. Really hit home for me. I'm a perpetual traveler, and I should have known better about a year and a half ago in Ecuador, I got a nasty case of food poisoning. Instead of using colloidal silver which doesn't kill the good bacteria, I took a round of antibiotics. It killed off so much of my good bacteria I was left with an intestinal Candida overgrowth infection. Eating a few donuts afterwards really gave these buggers the sugar they needed to mess me up bad.

I've been able to balance my gut using methods you mention, fasting, no sugar diet, pro-biotics. One thing that is a powerful anti microbial is a good quality apple cider vinegar. Coconut oil will also kill off the bad stuff as well. A good quality natural yogurt will help repopulate with good bacteria.

But my favorite and most powerful candida killer is not for everyone. Cayenne chili powder. If you make a chicken vegetable stir-fry with mostly garlic, peppers, and onions. Then add a heaping tablespoon or more of this spice. It will kill the bacteria fast. This may be, blow the smoke out of your ears spicy, but if you can take it. It's incredible, you'll see the results in bathroom not to get too descriptive. But wow that works!

On a further note, I'm a perpetual traveler and have been living out of a backpack for more than 10 years. I've only been on Steemit less than 3 weeks and I've already got a post that has gotten great review. It's titled "World Travel Report: Ecuador" I'd love for you to see it and I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Later today I'll be posting about how to get the best price for airline tickets. I'm sure you'll find it useful.

Thank you for sharing. Up-voted and following! -World Travel Pro

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