Posts Tagged ‘“bowel’

A blueprint to fertilize the garden called “bowel flora”

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This is a repost from a blog from July 2014. Now that the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox is on sale for preorders, I’m glad to present this information again with the book as a blueprint for taking on the life-changing challenge of improving your bowel flora.

I like to think of bowel flora, the thousand or so species of microorganisms that inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract, as a garden. Probiotics, i.e., anything that provides microorganisms believed to be among the desired inhabitants such as the various Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria species, are like planting seeds for peppers and zucchini in your garden in spring time.

Sherri found the Wheat Belly Fountain of Youth . . . and bowel health

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Sherri shared her amazing “before” and “after” Wheat Belly lifestyle photos and story:

“The pic on the left is from June, 2014 and the pic on the right is May, 2015. I started the Wheat Belly lifestyle in August, 2014 after reading how giving up wheat/gluten can help with arthritis pain.

How NOT to have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome 123rfIrritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, affects 10-20% of the population. People struggle with unexplained bloating, abdominal discomfort, and inconvenient and embarrassing bowel urgency, having to empty their bowels unexpectedly. Some also struggle with intermittent constipation, as well. It turns something that should be subconscious, predictable, and serene into a nightmare.

The typical medical evaluation involves endoscopy and colonoscopy, since procedures, whether necessary or not, pay gastroenterologists well, performed under the guise of ruling out cancer. When they find nothing or only minor findings, such as mild gastritis or erosions, then the prescriptions begin: acid blocking agents, antidepressants, narcotics for pain, anti spasm agents, etc–none address the cause, none are terribly effective, all have undesirable side effects, many of which people are not told about (e.g., unhealthy changes in bowel flora and increased osteoporosis from acid blockers, weight gain from antidepressants).

Fertilize the garden called “bowel flora”

Vegetable garden 123rf

I like to think of bowel flora, the thousand or so species of microorganisms that inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract, as a garden. Probiotics, i.e., anything that provides microorganisms believed to be among the desired inhabitants such as the various Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria species, are like planting seeds for peppers and zucchini in your garden in spring time.

But what if you planted your seeds, then neglected to water and fertilize your garden? If you’re lucky, you might have a few peppers and zucchini after a few weeks, but you’re more likely to have a few stunted vegetables or nothing except a few shriveled vines. A successful garden requires water and fertilizer.