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A blueprint to fertilize the garden called “bowel flora”

Vegetable garden 123rf

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.

The Big Mistake called “agriculture”

From Guns, Germs, and Steel on public television
From Guns, Germs, and Steel on public television

 

Humans and agriculture share a 10,000-year history of codependence. If it weren’t for the tools, technology, and food availability permitted by the development of agriculture, human civilization would surely look very different today. Agriculture brought an end to nomadic hunter-gatherer life, increased crop yields and freed up time previously spent on food procurement. This allowed humans to specialize as teachers, metal workers, builders, and soldiers. Once crops were cultivated, rather than just harvested wild, they too underwent changes at the hands of humans and were propagated over large areas.

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.

The Big Mistake called “agriculture”

From Guns, Germs, and Steel on public television
From Guns, Germs, and Steel on public television

 

Humans and agriculture share a 10,000-year history of codependence. If it weren’t for the tools, technology, and food availability permitted by the development of agriculture, human civilization would surely look very different today. Agriculture brought an end to nomadic hunter-gatherer life, increased crop yields and freed up time previously spent on food procurement. This allowed humans to specialize as teachers, metal workers, builders, and soldiers. Once crops were cultivated, rather than just harvested wild, they too underwent changes at the hands of humans and were propagated over large areas.