Maintaining Gut Health Should Be A Top Priority
Part of the fungus link to disease theory posits that once fungi and yeasts get on board, they can wreak havoc on our health. Naturally, the question that follows is, how do fungi gain access to our bodies?
Fungi, mold, and yeasts are ubiquitous, meaning they are everywhere. Often, we breathe their spores without even knowing it. Most of the time, our immune system is equipped to handle bombardment from fungi.
Recall, however, that much of the immune system is within the gut. When the good bacterial colonies––something we all naturally have––in the gut become damaged or somehow compromised, this allows an opportunity for organisms like fungi to gain access to our bodies. Once fungi and yeasts begin to flourish in the gut, a problem called dysbiosis can occur. Many practitioners believe that this is how fungi and yeasts gain access to our bodies and the location from which they may proliferate. Many practitioners believe that if you have a fungal problem anywhere in the body, you likely have it in the gut.
The bacteria in the gut, however, are responsible for a legion of other roles, too. They help digest food, manufacture important nutrients, and regulate hormones. An improper balance of this bacteria has been linked from everything to obesity, to diabetes, allergies, heart disease, and cancer.
Needless to say, maintaining proper gut health is crucial to overall health, and fixing any problems in the gut should be a priority for anyone seeking to reclaim their health.
Eliminate Damaging Foods.
On the Kaufmann Diet, you are already eliminating many of the foods that could potentially harm the gut terrain. Specifically, foods high in sugar or simple carbohydrates and bad fats (like hydrogenated fats, trans fats, and processed vegetable oils) should be eliminated to prevent any further damage to the terrain of the gut.
Manage Stress Properly.
Many people have felt the feelings of stomach discomfort when they are anxious or stressed out, but the link between the brain and the gut goes deeper than that. Science continues to show a strong connection between our thoughts and emotion and the health of our gut. This is among the many reasons why getting proper amounts of sleep and other stress mitigation techniques are an important part of a healthy regimen.
Replenish Good Bacteria.
Supplementing with probiotic supplements is one of the best ways to do this. However, it is also important to add certain foods like plain yogurt with active cultures to your diet.
Eat Fiber And Prebiotic Foods.
Fiber and other prebiotic foods are one way to actively support beneficial bacteria. On the Kaufmann Diet, this includes plenty of foods like avocado, nuts, seeds, greens, and other vegetables.