One of the most important things you can do to improve your overall health is to improve the health of your gut.
All the relevant research so far has shown us that a healthy gut is equal to a healthy body and that poor gut health is linked to everything from heart issues, memory loss, blood sugar imbalances and many sicknesses and illnesses that you wouldn’t associate with your stomach.
Studies have also shown that poor gut health leads to poor mental health, resulting in depression, anxiety and damaged thinking and memory skills.
Your gut communicates so thoroughly and influences your mental processes so strikingly that it’s been called your body’s second brain. Nerve signals from your gut directly affect your brain. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine himself said, “All disease begins in the gut.”
Strangely enough, despite indisputable proof of the importance of gut health in preventing disease and preserving mental health, it’s an area that has been almost completely ignored by medical doctors and the pharmaceutical industry.
When was the last time your doctor took time out of a visit to talk to you about how to improve the health of your gut and the benefits a healthier gut would bring you in preventing disease?
Luckily, not everyone is ignoring the impact of gut health on chronic disease risk. Some researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have given us a strange way to improve your gut health. It could also stave off all of those health risks, especially brain-related ones.
Since more than 2 billion people around the world regularly eat insects — good sources of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats — the research team set out to discover what the health effects of eating them entailed.
After eating crickets for just two weeks, participants not only showed an increase in enzymes associated with improved gut health, they also showed a significant decrease in an inflammation-causing protein associated with both depression and cancer.
Additionally, the participants had much more Bifidobacterium animalis, a strain of gut bacteria linked to improved gastrointestinal function and decreased risk of chronic disease.
Lots of benefits from an admittedly strange and many would say entirely gross food.
So, what’s the connection between eating crickets and all of those changes?
It all comes down to the exoskeleton of the crickets. That hard covering is absolutely loaded with fiber — a type you can’t get from any other food source — and this fiber is perfect for feeding the good bacteria in your gut that keeps you healthy.
Eating crickets may sound weird since insects aren’t a common food in the U.S. or Western Europe. But that’s not the case in the rest of the world. In Mexico alone there are 250 varieties of insects eaten on a regular basis.
My guess would be that you’re probably not going to eat crickets no matter what. However, let me give you an alternative that’s easy and will indeed give you a sure way to take care of your gut…
#1 Take probiotics to keep your microbiota healthy and happy. The proper balance of healthy bacteria in your gut has been tied to everything from mood to body fat and more. And the battle for bad bacteria to overtake the good is ongoing. Probiotics help give the good guys the edge they need.
#2 Keep things moving. A quicker transit time (the amount of time waste moves out of your colon) means less time for toxins to sit against your colon walls where they can seep into your body (it’s called leaky gut) and wreak havoc or lead to colon cancer.
Eating fiber is the way to do this. However, if you have a hard time going regularly, supplements, like Peak Colon Support can help. The reason is that it gives you several foods that we no longer eat, or that you just can’t eat (a bit like crickets, only not gross at all):
• Aloe — Ancient aloe helps stimulate your bowel and soften your stool so that you’re not straining to go.
• Black walnut hulls — This contains juglone, tannins and natural iodine which work together to help eliminate harmful organisms from your digestive tract helping to keep it healthy and improve your digestion and regularity.
• Cascara sagrada — This plant was even used as far back as the Native Americans to promote bowel contractions so that you can have normal, healthy bowel movements.
• Inulin — A natural prebiotic found in chicory root, inulin is a type of fiber that helps support the natural production of beneficial bacteria in your colon and basically works as an intestinal fertilizer to keep your gut flora healthy.
• Potassium — And don’t forget the potassium. This critical mineral helps keep your stool hydrated so that it moves through your intestines at a healthy pace instead of becoming dry and stuck.
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