Gut Flora, one of the most essential tools your body has to fight off all diseases.

The information in this article and on this site is for casual educational purposes, and is not meant to replace the advice of a licensed physician or a Medical Doctor. Use this just as an informal source for finding out what others do. Before trying any of the suggestions, consult with your own physician to get proper treatment.


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IMPORTANT NOTE: Gut Flora is the colonies of microorganisms that live in our intestines (Guts) that help us digest foods, neutralize toxins and make sure they don’t go through the walls and into our body.  It is one of the most essential system or mechanism we have to protect us from all sorts of problems.

Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride is a world renowned expert on Gut Flora and Nutrition. It is her opinion that bad Gut flora is responsible for letting cancers grow, it is also responsible for psychological issues such as schizophrenia, depression, and even Autism, ADD/ADHD, and Dyslexia.

 

Who is Dr Natasha?

(From her website)

Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor with two postgraduate degrees: Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition.

She graduated as a medical doctor in Russia. After practicing for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK, where she got her second postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition.

She is well known for developing a concept of GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome), which she described in her book Gut And Psychology Syndrome – Natural Treatment for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression and Schizophrenia, now in its second edition. Thousands of people around the world follow the highly successful GAPS Nutritional Protocol to help themselves and their families. You can learn about GAPS on www.gaps.me

 

Quote: Dr. Natasha Capbell-McBride
“All diseases begin in the gut! The Father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, made this statement more than two thousand years ago. The more we learn with our modern scientific tools, the more we realize just how correct Hippocrates was: all diseases do begin in the gut! Science has discovered, that about 90% of all cells and all genetic material of the human body belongs to the gut flora – a mixture of various microbes, which live inside our digestive tract. So, in reality your body is just a shell, a 10%, providing a habitat for this mass of micro-creatures living inside you; and their role in your health and physiology is monumental. Our modern world poses many dangers for human gut flora, and once it is damaged, the health of the whole body enters a downward slide towards disease.”

 


I like Dr. Natasha’s advice, Eat all natural fruits and vegetables, eat meats, and butter and stay away from processed foods and all white powders. Make pancakes, and bread and pasta out of gluten free flours. Eat foods that will promote good bacteria in your gut, and see your health get better.

I’m working on my Gut Flora, are you? (Updated recently)

One of the things that we all know we need to do is to get more good bacteria in our system right? That’s why all the ads about yogurt, specially Greek yogurt with cultures etc. So one of the things  I do regularly is eat yogurt, specifically I eat yogurt in the evening, before bed. Here is what I do, by combining recommendations from a few experts:

  • I put 3-4 heaping tablespoons of  yogurt in a bowl
  • Sprinkle some Cumin (Helps in multitude of things)
  • Add some nuts, like almonds, pistachio, walnuts and/or pecans (just a handful, they have a lot of calories)
    Adding Almonds or Pecans specially, helps me sleep better (Almonds are great for that – Tim Ferriss Recommendation) and regulate the good bacteria in my gut (Yogurt with cultures are great for that).
  • Some studies show that pickles (Specially the pink pickled turnips) carry good bacteria called (Lactobacillus brevis KB290). which has shown to avert the flu in mice. Your mileage may vary, but it can’t hurt. (Read more and decide for yourself)
    FYI, I eat pickles every so often, specially with sandwiches etc. You can buy this from Mediterranean stores, Falafel Arax (My favorite) if you are in the Los Angeles area  or make your own (Recipe).

 

 

Ref: Mazmanian et al. 2005

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