Heard the saying? “You are what you eat!”
I admit that now and then, I have junk food. But, I am very particular what I do have.
If I go to Taco Bell, I have the beef or chicken taco salad with only cheese, sour cream, lettuce, beef, salsa. Or a burger, protein style at Carl’s Jr or In and Out burger. Or a fast food salad if my choices are slim and I watch the carbs in it. But, overall, most of those food items are cheap, not organic and not that healthy. I also might order low-carb pancake mix or pasta now and then to have something that tastes “good”, but isn’t as bad as the regular version. Bacon and sausage have nitrates and that is not good for you, but I keep it limited.
However, if you eat well, your gut will run well. I know that since I have been careful about food choices and cut down on carbs, my irritable bowel and my heartburn has gone away. My churning gut, filled with gas-producing items and bad balances was actually making me sick and this could have led to further health issues and complications down the line.
This following article is about how what we eat affects everything. We can’t just eat whatever we want based on desire or taste. We can’t eat Hawaiian rolls for breakfast, pizza for lunch and Panda Express for dinner. All of these items are filled with preservatives, white flour, gluten, sodium, major carbs and calories and little protein and nutrients. We are supposed to eat to live, not live to eat.
And gut flora and bacteria are issues in how well your brain works. There are studies as well, that show that the first 20 days of a baby’s gut flora and the foods they get can affect whether they are prone to autism or not. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/20/gut-brain-connection.aspx
There are 4 types of foods that help keep a healthy gut:
1. Foods with fiber (get at least 25g a day): citrus fruit, , leafy greens and yellow vegetables and food with fiber.
2. Foods that help the good bugs: yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, bananas, garlic, asparagus, onions.
3. Choose foods that soothe: caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, ginger, mint, nutmeg, oatmeal.
4. Eat foods to flatten your tummy: avocado, brown rice, dark chocolate, nuts, oatmeal, olive oil, seeds. (Keep in mind that these foods are higher in carbs, be mindful of measuring.
Eat fresh, healthy foods and you will feel and look better too. It affects EVERYTHING!