Most “Superfoods” are little more than hype. But there’s one family of incredibly healthy, metabolism-boosting foods that really are super. This food can help you burn fat faster and stay healthy for life. Even though many ancient cultures have been eating these foods since pre-historic times, modern science is just now understanding how beneficial this superfood really is.
These Superfoods? Probiotic and Fermentable Foods.
By number of cells, you are actually 10 times more bacteria than you are human. By weight, you’re carrying six pounds of the stuff. The human interaction with bacteria is incredibly detailed and sensitive, and is currently at the forefront of scientific research. Many experts believe that the next decade of health research will elucidate incredible connections between bacteria and human health; many that we can’t even dream of at this point.
Even though modern science has only recently caught on to the importance of gut bacteria, scholars were noticing indications of this as long as 2000 years ago:
All disease begins in the gut. -Hippocrates
The overwhelming majority of your body’s bacterial guests (over 100 Trillion) reside in your digestive tract: a long, winding tube running through the center of your body. These bacteria play a fundamental role in the digestion of something as simple as an apple.
When you eat an apple, the digestive process begins in your mouth with mastication (that’s what scientists and doctors call chewing). Now in smaller pieces, the apple is attacked by your stomach acid. As it continues down your digestive tract, it becomes less recognizable as your body further digests it and siphons off its nutrients. [cryout-pullquote align=”right” textalign=”right” width=”33%”]Thanks to bacteria, some of the calories you get from an apple are in the form of saturated fat![/cryout-pullquote]One constituent your body can’t break down is soluble fiber, found mostly in the apple’s skin. However, bacteria present in your gut (another word for lower digestive tract) can break down soluble fiber, and does so, producing butyrate as a byproduct. Your body absorbs butyrate and uses it as butyric acid, a saturated fat.
How Your Gut Biome Affects Health and Weight Loss
The collection of bacteria in your digestive tract is called your “gut biome,” and it exerts amazing power over your body. As I mentioned above, science is just barely getting into this field of study, but here are a few things already proven to have a connection with your gut biome:
These are just the connections researchers have already discovered, and more are added to that list every year. Research is growing so quickly in this area because modern society offers so many research subjects with compromised gut biomes. When you take a look at the most egregious destroyers of digestive tract bacteria, it’s clear why:
- NSAIDs (like Advil, Aspirin, and Motrin)
- Excess Refined Carbohydrates
- Diets Deficient in Soluble Fiber
- Dietary Toxins (compounds in wheat, soy, and “vegetable oils”)
- Chronic Stress (see Chapter 20)
- Chronic Infections (see Chapter 22)
How You Can Use These Probiotic Superfoods
Each year, a disgusting 80% of Americans are prescribed antibiotics, so these interventions are now necessary for just about everyone. Fortunately, this can be achieved naturally, and there is little chance of overdose. Healing your gut biome with food is a two-step process:
- Consume probiotic foods. Like kombucha, non-pasteurized sauerkraut, and kim chi.
- Consume fermentable foods with ample soluble fiber. Think potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams.
If Step 1 is especially unpalatable or difficult for you for some reason, you can get most of the benefits with a supplemental probiotic.
Over the years, I’ve seen people achieve remarkable health changes with the diet laid out in the MasculON Fitness Course. I think that those probiotic and fermentable foods play a huge role in that. These changes include completely curing acne, reversing baldness, and resolving depression. This is an awesome opportunity to try some foods you may never have had before – and get much healthier in the process.
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