Where might you find your second brain? Go no further than your gut. According to Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome,” a healthy digestive system can reverse autism, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia and a host of other issues. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s research shows that neurotoxins are produced by abnormal flora in the gut. The neurotoxins are absorbed into the body and taken to the brain causing a long list of mental illnesses. A healthy digestive system is imperative for mental health, physical health and emotional health. The immune systems needs a healthy intestinal tract to fight off disease and infections.
One way to improve your intestinal integrity is to eat fermented foods, including, yogurt, sour cream, olives, kefir, sauerkraut, and pickles. “Fermentation is the flavorful space between fresh food and rotten food (Sandor Katz).”
The benefits of eating fermented foods include
- Boosts the immune system by giving the body an abundance of probiotics
- Increases the vitamin content compared to its unfermented counterpart
- Improves the body’s ability to absorb vitamins in any food
- Promotes a healthy balance of good and bad flora and digestive enzymes
- Helps rid the body of toxins
- Stabilizes blood sugar
- Preserves food for longer thereby saving you money
Where to buy fermented foods? The best option is to make your own. Food manufacturers, in order to make the products uniform, resort to other processes. www.Culturesforhealth.com sells starter kits for yogurt, cheese, soy, buttermilk, and kefir. They have how-to videos, recipes and informative articles about fermentation
Keep in mind, if you are toxic, start with a very small amount of home-made fermented food, such as a teaspoon a day. The improvement in your gut’s health will help your body release toxins. Too much, too fast, may cause an intense toxic release. So, take it slow.