The importance of dietary fiber cannot beoverstated. If Americans had proper fiber in their diet, it could save the health care system almost $4.5 BILLION a year.
What we eat affect future generations! It’s true. When we don’t get enough fiber, it changes the healthy bacteria in our gut which affects our overall health. Our gut health gets passed on to our children and future generations.
What Is The Deal With Fiber?
You probably have heard about “gut health”. The bacteria in our gut are essential for keeping a strong immune system and warding off autoimmune diseases and other health related problems. Short chain fatty acids help regulate the immune system and fiber is the fuel to keep these fats active. The fermenting fiber has anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties which are needed to keep colon cells healthy.
The scary part is, once your gut bacteria have been depleted, it is very difficult to build it up again. And this bears repeating: You pass your gut health on to your children!
The recommended daily amount of fiber you should be getting is 30 to 32 grams. If you aren’t getting enough fiber, you are starving the healthy bacteria in your gut. Most Americans fall dismally short, so EAT your VEGGIES! People who eat more fruits and vegetables have a more diverse gut microbiome.
Are you getting enough fiber? One telltale sign of not getting enough fiber is if you are constipated. Small stools equal big hospital bills.
Surprising facts about Gut Flora…
- Poor gut flora can cause leaky gut, which allows undigested food particles into your blood stream. This can cause allergic reactions and other problems such as:
- Type-1 diabetes
- Celiac disease
- Crohn's disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Reduced of the production of immunoglobulin A in the lungs, adding to the rise in allergies.
- Breastfeeding helps establish healthy gut flora. Establishing gut flora plays a role in helping to mature a baby’s immune system, especially in the first 20 days after birth.
- Gut flora is passed from the mom to the child during birth in the birth canal. Cesarean births impact healthy gut flora. Vaginal and cesarean births have completely different gut flora.
Research by Dr. Campbell-McBride has revealed that nearly all mothers of autistic children have abnormal gut flora. Again, this is significant because newborns inherit their gut flora from their mothers at the time of birth.
According to her research, babies who develop abnormal gut flora also have a higher risk for suffering vaccine reactions. If your baby has suboptimal gut flora, vaccines can become the proverbial "last straw" — the trigger that "primes" his/her immune system to develop chronic health problems, including autism.
According to Dr. Campbell-McBride, in children with GAPS, the toxicity flowing from their gut throughout their bodies and into their brains continually challenges their nervous system, preventing it from performing its normal functions and processing sensory information.
- Exercise early in life can actually help create healthy gut flora which in turn promotes healthy brain development. Put down the electronics and get outside!!!
- Antibiotics kill all types of bacteria, including beneficial bacteria and reduce the diversity of the gut microbiome. This can promote secondary illnesses.
Reduce Chronic Diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer. Pass On A Healthy Legacy
- Eat REAL food
- Eat a diet high in fiber. Including a wide range of whole, non-processed foods. Legumes, fruits, vegetables, fermented foods, seeds, mushrooms, root vegetables and nuts.
- Use a probiotic
- Avoid antibiotics
- Avoid sugar and artificial sugar substitutes
- Vaginal birth vs cesarean whenever possible