Peace, Love and Happy Flora

In Holistic health it is recognised that all systems of the body are connected, and the functioning of one can greatly affect all others. This is especially true for our digestive system, which is said to be our “second brain”. When it is off balance, we can be sure to see symptoms appear in other areas of the body.

Deep down in our gut lives a bustling community of bacteria (flora); about 100 trillion of them. Within this community there are good guys that we want an abundance of, and bad guys that we want to keep in check. When the undesirable flora outweigh the good, we may start experiencing symptoms such as a weakened immune system, mood swings, cravings for sweets, brain fog, fatigue, recurring yeast infections, and digestive problems such as bloating and gas.

There are many reasons why we may have an overgrowth of the harmful bacteria. The imbalance could be caused by the use of antibiotics, birth control, a diet high in refined carbs and processed foods, antibiotics and chemicals added to many food products, as well as long periods of stress.

The good news is there are several things we can do to keep the good guys happy and thriving. First we want to eliminate foods that feed the harmful bacteria. These include refined sugar and wheat, and processed packaged foods. We then want to start consuming lots of fresh fruits and vegetables full of beneficial enzymes, plus plenty of probiotic rich foods such as kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and plain yogurt. You may also consider taking a quality probiotic supplement.

 

Once your intestinal flora is restored you may start to notice that you have improved digestion, increased energy, stronger immune system, better breath and healthier skin.

Taking care of our digestive system is so important to our overall health and vitality. Some other habits to consider adopting:

  • Eating mindfully and slowly in a relaxed state
  • Chew chew chew, like you’ve never chewed before! Most people don't chew thoroughly, which makes digestion of food much harder when it reaches your stomach.
  • Avoid drinking large amounts of liquid while eating as this dilutes our stomach acid.
  • Start your day with a glass of room temperature water with the juice of half a fresh lemon
  • Manage Stress levels. Our digestion stops when we are under stress.

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Hi, I’m Connie Oickle, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Holistic Health In Balance based out of Penticton BC. There is so much information constantly in front of us and the mixed messages can leave you feeling overwhelmed with no idea of where to start. Each one of us has a unique constitution and we need to figure out what works best for our own bodies. I work with clients to provide a plan that works best for their personal health and nutrition needs. Through my own journey of health and wellness I have developed a passion for sharing my knowledge with others to help them live a more healthy and happy life. I’ve learned that when we tune in and listen to our bodies we can give them the correct nutrients needed to heal ourselves and change our lives.

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