Happy Gut, Happy You!

Posted by Sarvaa Superfood on 19th May 2020

Benefits of a Healthy Gut.

How does my gut bacteria help me?

It's important that you have a healthy Microbiome (GI Tract micro-flora).  There's over a hundred reasons you want an vibrant Microbiome! But let's look at just a few of the benefits you'll reap from a healthy gut: 1. Increased Immune Response, 2. Better Stamina, 3. Improved Mood, 4. Reduced Cravings, 5. Less Doctor Visits, 6. Better Sleep, 7. Reduced Food Sensitivities, 8. Less Joint Stiffness, 9. Reduced risk of auto-immune diseases, 10. Decreased Inflammation, 11. Healthy Hormone Balance, 12. Lose Weight, 13. Better Focus and Mental Clarity, 14. Fewer Allergies, 15. Avoid numerous diseases that would cost you thousands of dollars and a great deal of pain and suffering.

Huge Benefits for You!
No longer the realm of Naturopathic Doctors, every year thousands of MD who are frustrated that their patients are not getting better with pharmaceuticals, are leaving the drugs behind, and re-training in holistic approaches.  Science is rediscovering that developing a "healthy gut" is one of the most potent methods for obtaining and sustaining optimal health.  This is because by actually healing the gut, we are healing the underlying causes of hundreds of maladies!  The Human Microbiome is now at the forefront of scientific research.  All branches of health research are diligently studying every aspect of what makes your digestive tract happy and function optimally. 

Dr. William Cole says, " The microbiome is home to around 80 percent of your immune system, and 95 percent of your "happy" neurotransmitter, serotonin. Often called your "second brain," it helps control your mood, weight and hormones."

Your "Second" Brain.
Do you know what the ratio is between your human body cells and micro-organisms in your gut?  It's 10 to 1.  But, here's the astonishing fact. The 10 refers to your Microbiome! That's right. You have 10 times as many cells of micro-flora in your gut than all your other body cells combined. Think about that. As each cell plays an important role in our vitality, it's not a matter of, "It would be nice to have good gut flora." Its an absolute necessity! 

How is this possible? Microbiome cells are much smaller in size. Still, the experts tell us that we have between 3 and 5 lbs of micro-flora in our gut.  Amazing, considering that your heart weighs about one pound, and your brain weighs approximately three pounds. That's right!  Your microbiome could weigh more than your heart and brain combined!  Truly remarkable! And also truly essential data to help you deepen your commitment to the health of your "second" brain, your community of micro-flora!

What Truly Ails Humanity? Exploring the Microbiome Project.
The Human Genome Project didn't turn out to solve very much of what ails Humanity. In contrast, researchers are now projecting that at least 60% of what ails Humanity is related to Gut Health, and so the Microbiome Project was recently launched to accelerate the research and development of this exciting field. Gone are the days when Medicine could discount the importance of your personal Microbiome. The Microbiome Project confirms that the microscopic bacterial colonies which live in your digestive tract play an absolutely critical role in both your physical and mental well-being. Healthy gut bacteria is considered fundamental to overall health, including healthy weight, mood, energy and mental function. In 2015 a Cell Journal study showed that although serotonin is known as a brain neurotransmitter, approximately 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is cultivated by certain bacteria in the digestive tract. 

Emerging science is showing that the gut essentially acts as our second brain.  Combining the functions of the Microbiome with the Enteric Nervous System, the highway where much of our physical and emotional communication is sourced reveals itself.  An estimated 500 million neurons (wikipedia ENS) reside in the gut, acting as avenues of communication.  

Your Digestion.
Digestion is the breaking down of food to nutrients which the body then utilizes to nourish and repair cells and provide energy. A healthy gut promotes good immune health and produces beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. This creates a positive effect on vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, the ability to eliminate toxins, mental health and of course, digestion.

Have Your Happiest Gut Ever! Naturally.
Probiotics, Prebiotics, fiber, enzymes, fermented foods, and other natural ingredients all help to increase your good bacteria and boost digestive health. Pro-biotic products provide your gut with billions of good bacteria. Pre-biotics, on the other hand, are supporting ingredients developed to feed your beneficial bacteria. Prebiotic ingredients include inulin, fruits, vegetable fibers and fructooligosaccharides (FOS).

Inulin is a type of fiber found in plant-based foods and is widely used as a prebiotic agent in many functional foods and supplements. Large amounts of helpful inulin can be found in certain plants and herbs. Some of the best are the dark leafy greens such as Dandelion Greens, Moringa Leaf, Kale, Lettuce, Nettles, and Sea Vegetables.  Many types of fruit are good Prebiotic sources, including Berries, Apples, Pomegranates, and Rose Hips. The Baobab fruit is an excellent source of Prebiotic inulin.

Don't forget the excellent Pre-biotic Fiber found in organic nuts, seeds, legumes, squashes, and all vegetables. The best fiber containing seeds are: chia, flax, pumpkin and hemp. Some of the best nuts for fiber are: cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, and brazil nuts. Always buy organic nuts and seeds and look for them in the cooler section of the store, not on the store shelves were the oils can go rancid at room temperature.

Fermented Foods
You've heard plenty about the benefits of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchee, miso, kefir and yogurt, but not all fermented foods are equal. Your most bang for your buck and the least impact on the Earth is going to be with all the plant-based fermented foods. Start with sauerkraut. Buy and consume as wide a variety of organically grown, un-pasturized sauerkrauts as you like. Try out a couple of different types of miso, just be sure you don't let the temperature of miso (or any fermented foods) get above 115 degrees (F) so that you don't kill off any of these helpful micro-flora. Another excellent source of micro-flora is Kimchee, which is offered in a wide variety of flavors and veggies.

Be sure to look for some of the new concentrated, fermented liquids like Gut Shot or Inner-Eco. They're much more beneficial and cost effective than most of the "single serving" drinks like kombucha that are 98% water and use far too much plastic or glass for the tiny benefit offered. Inner-Eco is super tasty and one jar makes 30 servings!

Skip the Yogurt.
Yogurt may be one of the most over-rated and over-priced "health foods". Why? Because there's a relatively small amount of good bacteria in yogurt, and many of the strains in yogurt are not the best at surviving the stomach acid and arriving where you need them. And when you factor in the negative impact the cattle industry is having on the planet and the animals, yogurt may not be worth your money.

Helpful Herbs
Many herbs have a long tradition of use in digestive health and contain properties including tonic, carminative and relaxant. Studies have shown that Turmeric may have a calming effect on the digestive system. Certain herbs and cooking spices such as Cinnamon, Ginger and Chilies have a warming, spicy quality which may help neutralize toxins in the digestive system. Ginger root is also known to help calm nausea and strengthen the stomach.

Your SuperFood Solutions.
All of Sarvaa Superfoods include excellent Pre-biotics. First off, all of Sarvaa Superfoods contain both types of the beneficial Dietary Fibers: Soluble, and Insoluble Fiber. Your Microbiome depends on both types of Dietary Fiber every hour of every day of your life! You're automatically covered with fabulous Pre-biotics to support your best gut health ever! The SuperGreens, the SuperFruits and the "easy-on-the-gut" plant-based proteins all stack up in your favor!

As well, all four Sarvaa Meal Replacements include Sarvaa Superfood's Custom Blend of Probiotics and Prebiotics.  We've been researching the best options for probiotics for the last 6 years, and have gathered and blended the ideal balance of spore forming units and colony forming communities, ensuring that your probiotics reach their ideal home in your GI Tract.  

We've included the most important "Leader Strains" such as L. Plantarum to powerfully strengthen your immune response and bulk up your stamina. We also include the well-researched, potent strains known as Spore Forming Units such as Bacillus Coagulans! This powerhouse probiotic is considered one of the most important for your lower intestines and is able to easily withstand heat and acids, and therefore arrives in your lower GI tract ready to thrive where you need it the most. 

Vitality and Happiness!
And most important of all, is that by supporting your gut health you'll feel more vibrant and avoid innumerable illnesses, thus enabling you to truly Thrive and live in the Abundance that is your birthright!  

Love Your Body! ~ Love Everybody!