How eating dirt is actually good for your gut

Healthy Benefits of Eating Dirt
So why exactly does soil, or more specifically soil-based organisms support a healthy gut and immune system response? Plants need them to grow otherwise they become disease laden, malnourished and harvest fugi, mold, candida and yeasts.

As I mentioned in my video, these healthy organisms are needed by the ball ball or gut system of the plant, we need these organisms to live a healthy and long life too.

There are over 800 scientific studies that reference soil-based organism and what do you suppose they have in common? They all link soil-based organisms to successfully treating many illnesses and diseases, including:

* Allergies
* Asthma
* Gas
* Indigestion
* Ulcerative Colitis
* Irritable bowel syndrome
* Malabsorption
* Autoimmune and inflammatory diseases
* Nausea
* Indigestion
* Bacterial, fungal and viral infections

It is known that soil-based organisms nourish the cells in the liver and the colon and they then actually create B vitamins, vitamin K2, enzymes and antioxidants.

Another amazing benefit of soil-based organisms is that they can wipe out harmful pathogens like candida, fungi and parasites. They also kill bad bacteria that binds to or is known to puncture the gut lining. They bind to the toxins and remove them from our bodies. They also help smooth out the immune system and reduce inflammation naturally in the gut and throughout our entire bodies.

Some of the best ways to eat more dirt

1. Eat foods from your garden, not too clean (just rinsing is fine) and don’t peel, Remember as I mentioned, when you grow organically without the use of pesticides and herbicides, your plant benefits and so do you.

2. Eating plenty of fermented foods and drinks, like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, good yogurt and kefir. Lactose intolerance is definately on the rise due to pasteurization which kills of beneficial enzymes and probiotics. When raw and fermented dairy are incorporated, those symptoms often diminish as well.

3. Taking your shoes off and playing in the dirt or just walking around barefoot gets you connected to the earth and allows us to pick up many beneficial bacteria.

4. Eating local raw honey and bee pollen are helpful in helping with seasonal allergies, as most don’t spend enough time outdoors. It strengthens the immune system, acts as an inflammatory agent and supports the liver.

5. Epsom salt baths help the body uptake needed minerals and microbes, which also help support the skin, reduce inflammation and if you live near an ocean, take a regular dip or two. It does a body good.

Today, we are missing out on our vitamin dirt, thanks in part to oversanitation and antibacterial use, like hand sanitizers, antibacterial soaps and germ-killing wipes.

Our connection ot the dirt is narrowing, so I say….

Get out and play in the dirt…literally!

Kellie

Do you have a happy healthy gut?

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I have a big question for you… do you have a happy healthy gut? Does your belly love you or is it upset most of the time?

I have known for some time and recently re-read this: most people don’t even know they have what’s finally being recognized by Doctors today, as “Leaky Gut.”

I also read that the father of medicine, Hippocrates penned a famous quote someone around 350 BC that says, “All disease begins in the gut”.

Hmmm….makes you wonder how there can be such a disconnect in modern day medicine.

I have a good friend that had a horrible, life changing experience with gut related health issues. The doctors didn’t know what it was, therefore they couldn’t help.

I have another really close friend that suffers with Lupus, an autoimmune disease. It’s debilitating. No energy to navigate everyday life.

Many of you probably can share similar stories of close family and/or friends. It’s rampant today and yet, with all our modern advances, it’s still not something openly dealt with.

Gut health is associated with chronic stress, poor diets, toxins, etc. That envelopes a lot of us!

I believe that most people are sick today, they just don’t know it.

What is leaky gut you ask? To answer in really simple terms, the small intestine is designed to have a tight pore structure that allows nutrients and molecules the body needs through to be escorted all over the body as needed.

When you add chronic stress over time, a really poor diet, drinking a lot of chlorinated water, taking antibiotics, etc. several things happen.

Chronic constipation happens, and over time, this forces the tight pore structure of the intestine to expand. Also an imbalance of gut flora, balance between good and bad bacteria gets out of balance and the bad guys outweigh the good.

This also causes the pores of the intestines to enlarge. Overtime, food particles and toxins are now seeping out into the bloodstream and your body sees this invasion as being under attack.

This causes inflammation to happen everywhere. The antibodies are sent out to destroy and protect. The problem, good cells die too.

Signs and symptoms that you might have leaky gut syndrome are:

  • Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Poor immune system
  • Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Skin rashes and problems like acne, eczema or rosacea
  • Cravings for sugar or carbs
  • Arthritis or joint pain
  • Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
  • Autoimmune Disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn’s

So what’s a person to do? Several things are in order.

  1. Clean up your diet

This means eliminate hydrogenated vegetable oils, white flours, most wheat and sugar. Processed foods are loaded with all of these ingredients and they are aiding in your illness.

  1. Lower your stress

While most will tell me they don’t know how, it’s imperative to your health. Adding physical exercise helps greatly. Getting enough sleep helps. Meditating helps. Changing the stress filled environment helps. Reducing anxiety helps. Developing a positive attitude helps.

  1. Take in proper nutrition

Consuming bone broth is a big one. If you have no idea what this is, google it. Learn to make some or find someone willing to make it for you. It fights inflammation and heals and seals the gut lining. My basic recipe is here. Scroll down close to the bottom.

While this blog wasn’t designed to give you all that you need, it’s a place to start. Recognizing the signs and symptoms are important. Being willing to take charge of your health is also key.

I am currently putting together a live training call on this topic. We’ll dive deep. We’ll talk more in depth about what it is and I’ll give you specific steps on how to heal from it.

Be watching your inbox for more details to come. You won’t want to miss it!

For now, I hope there have been some seeds planted that I intend to water and nurture for you, when you are open to receive.

In the meantime, I wish you good health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor