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Healthy Happy Gut Bugs

Louise Plant
Written by Louise Plant

Healthy Gut Bugs

Science is now finally discovering the benefits to be had from healthy gut bugs and microbes. About time they caught up with what many of us have been saying for years.

It really only makes sense because the immune system lines our digestive system and when we have healthy and happy gut microbes then they stimulate the immune system to carry out its functioning as it is designed to do. The bugs chat to the cells involved in the immune system and they create a symbiotic relationship where each benefits each other.
When our gut bugs are happy we absorb more nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. This helps us make the most of the cancer preventing foods such a blueberries, cabbage, broccoli, red grapes and citrus fruits.
When we have poor levels of gut bugs the communication channels breakdown. This is called gut microbe dysfunction or dysregulation.

There are many factors that can disrupt these ‘gut bug – immune’ chats. Antibiotic overuse, poor diet, fungal overgrowth (Candida), excessive alcohol and caffeine, parasites and infected foods, processed foods, chemicals, high sugar diets, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and diets high in hormone fed meats would be the worst offenders.
Once our gut becomes inflamed it then becomes very porous, much more than it is meant to be. A porous gut allows substances to pass through that usually do not pass through. Food proteins, bacteria, fungi, metals and toxic substances flood straight into the blood stream. Our blood becomes overloaded with poisons and toxins and this will present its self in a number of ways, the most common one being all skins conditions such as eczema and acne. You can send the end result of this becomes conditions such as allergies and irritable bowel problems.

This awakening from the science world has led to new research showing that chronic inflammation conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes might well begin with dysfunctional gut bugs. Hurrah! Thanks the Goddess for science. We knew they would catch up one day.

This is why with any illness it is always important to start with the gut. Gut healing is of utmost importance.

What can we do?
We could take probiotics. We have so many probiotics on the market which ones do we choose?
Certain brands of probiotics can be made from GMO corn or can be watered down or contain dead fillers to bulk out the products. It is hard to know what to take. We all have our own unique equation of bowel flora, this is why I love using kefir for my family, as it grows at home in our own environment. You can read more about kefir in my kefir blog.
As for probiotics, choose a brand that is in powder form, is refrigerated and is free from binders, fillers and bulkers. When you take it, it wants to give you the sensation that things are happening in there, if this does not happen then try another brand. Remember to keep your probiotics in the fridge and to take a course of them every time you take some antibiotics.
Remember that your body always knows best and it will tell you when it feels good.

Oregon State University. “Gut microbes closely linked to proper immune function, other health issues.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 September 2013. <>.

About the author

Louise Plant

Louise Plant

Louise Plant
Soul Expansion Educator
As the creator of The Expansion Project™ I have observed that the world is facing ill health, depression, suicide and environmental problems with more people dying now than ever before.
Our mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet so that happier people can do kinder things for themselves, others and the planet.
I help people who are disconnected, frustrated and are stuck in the cycle of failure to become connected, creatively inspired and happy.

I love teaching and educating others to help empower them to make their own informed decisions and proactive choices. I look to furthering my journey to expand by teaching overseas and to share my light to larger audiences, enabling me to expand my writings, publishing and sharing.

My passions are travel, adventure, books, learning new concepts, empowering others and laughing with my family. I love seeing the light being turned on inside people, and seeing them ‘light up’ as they wake up to the real world. I have spent many years walking amongst and being the living dead and now it is time to WAKE UP and BE ALIVE.