Good for the Gut / by Sara Snyder

I've been digging into the meaning of microbes for the past few days. These little guys are nearly invisible single cell organisms that keep our planet healthy. They are the oldest life form on earth and some even met the dinosaurs. Cool, right?!

But these fierce little beasts are under appreciated, especially when we are talking about human health. There are thousands of microbes in our guts that help us digest our food and we need them to survive. They even assist our immune system when some nasty flu goes around and tries to take us down. 

But we are not always courteous to our dear gut bacterias. Frequently, we wipe out the whole selection in our system with antibiotics. No, I'm not saying we need to go back to the days before modern medicine go the cold turkey on all medications (though some of that wouldn't hurt). We must consider our inner planet aka our microbial system when talking about what we consume. 

Modern medicine is not all bad in regard to gut health. In fact, it found a way to work with microbes to reshape the guts of those too sick to replenish on their own. Fecal transplants take the feces of a healthy human and moves it into an individual who's insides may not be as populated with microbes. While it sounds disgusting, the research on this method has reconfirmed the importance of these mighty little machines. 

So what can we eat/do to make sure our gut stays happy and healthy? 

Eat some dirt!

No but actually, the jury is still out on what we should eat to help replenish the good gut stuff. Yogurt and fermented foods represent only a small understanding on what we should be consuming to save our system.

Personally, I'm intrigued by the raw milk debates and the lack of evidence that shows whether it can or cannot be beneficial to our health. Obviously, milk became pasteurized for a reason. It is a product that spoils easily, especially as it travels. But, in close proximity and knowledge of the cow's health, is it necessary to make an illegal substance? How does raw milk contribute to the nutrient density of our milk consumption? 

Excited to hear your thoughts.