Hey there! Here I am, super large and in your face showing off my first batch of homemade sauerkraut, circa February 2015. Man was I proud of that jar! I felt so accomplished and happy. Happy... a great segue for gut bacteria!
So, I have spoken before about how the foods you consume control how you feel, act, and think. All of this is true because what you eat is absorbed and forms your cells. However, if you don't have optimal digestive ability then you won't be able to absorb all the nutrients needed to thrive. Taking care of your tummy is step number one.
You want to maintain an alkaline state with a pH over 7. Alkaline foods are whole foods. So if you are eating a plant-based diet and minimal processed foods, you should be fine. If you want to test your pH, you can buy urine testing strips at most large chain pharmacists/chemists.
You also want to make sure that you are filling your intestines with good bacteria. Your digestive tract is covered in bacteria.
Eating a diet filled with processed foods can actually HARM your bacteria. Just recently in the news a man ate McDonald's for 10 days and measured the decrease in gut bacteria.
As the holiday season approaches (shout out to Thanksgiving creeping up on Thursday!) it is important to use good-quality probiotics to help the body maintain its health. I recommend ending your day with a nice probiotic so your body has lots of time (8+ hours of sleep!) to process the sucker. You can also consumer probiotics through fermented products-kefir, miso, sauerkraut, kimchee, and tempeh to name just a few. Although they may not be the most traditional foods for the holidays, your health-conscious and hippie cousins will appreciate you making the effort to include fermented foods on the holiday plate! If you want recipes for how to make your own fermented goodies like pickled radishes, sauerkraut, or kombucha, just send me an enquiry!