By Chef Centehua
Probiotics are the live microorganisms that are of great benefit to the host. Our bodies are host to a great population of microbes and, in order to have a mutually beneficial relationship with our microscopic allies, we need to maintain a healthy gut flora. This is vital for proper absorption and digestion of food, and to actively synthesize various nutrients: vitamin K, pantothenic acid, folic acid, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12), various amino-acids and proteins. When tested, people with gut dysbiosis always present with deficiencies of these nutrients.
We can begin the healing process by consuming fermented foods. Recent research validates that fermented foods aid in digestion, support immune function, and increase overall nutritional status by adding B vitamins and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming foods that contain live lactobacteria has protective benefits against harmful, pathogenic microorganisms. Kimchi, a fermented spicy cabbage, is a staple food in Korea. It is very well studied for its medicinal, antimicrobial, and anti-aging properties.
You can find kimchee, sauerkraut, coconut kefir, and other fermented products in health food stores. Just make sure they are raw. A lot of sauerkrauts are pasteurized, but there are raw versions. Or make your own; it’s easier than you think. Raw milk is another powerful healing food. Besides the great taste, there are many nutritional benefits, including more available calcium and vitamins that are damaged if pasteurized. Even people who are lactose intolerant can drink raw milk because it contains the lactose enzyme that’s necessary to digest the lactose. During this healing process, I recommend avoiding grains, coffee, alcohol, sugars, and adding spirulina and chlorella to your everyday health regime. These superfoods assist the digestive system, help in treatment of candida albicans, detoxify your body, protect against radiation and — because of their high nutritional content — aid in weight loss.
As you begin to heal your gut, you will notice an increase of energy as your body begins to use the nutrients in foods high with digestive enzymes and minerals. Always use unrefined salt, such as Celtic or Himalayan. These contain over 84 minerals and micronutrients, playing a vital role in cell function.
By making a few changes, your body will respond favorably, and your mental and physical health will benefit tremendously. Take time to enjoy the process, and breathe slowly and steadily when eating. Feel good about taking responsibility for your health and well being, and feel grateful to have a body that is incredibly intelligent and has the power to heal itself.