Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

A healthy gut creates a strong immune system.

Your gut control up to 70%

A healthy gut begins with your microbiome which is a community of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that make up your gut microbiota. The microbiota, the products it makes, and the entire environment is your microbiome.

When your microbiome is out of balance, poor gut health can contribute to many health issues such as leaky gut syndrome, autoimmune disease, arthritis, dementia, heart disease, and cancer.

The good news is that you control your microbiome through diet, physical exercise, sleep, minimizing toxins and stress management. Knowing this can start you on the path to improving your gut health.

The quality of your health relies on the balance of organisms and bacteria living within your gut.

How is your gut health? When it’s not balanced with good bacteria, your immune system can become compromised and make it harder for your body to respond to germs as quickly or as efficiently.

Toxins and germs can drain your immune system. This can lead to respiratory infections, sinus infections and lung infections. They can cause problems with your GI tract and with your kidneys. You can also experience skin infections and skin rashes.

If you are experiencing the above symptoms or headaches, muscle aches, food allergies or sensitivities, gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, frequent colds or feeling tired to the point of exhaustion, listen to the signals your body is sending.

Any of these symptoms could be caused by germs or toxins, or both. They point to the need for changes in your diet to cleanse and detoxify your body.

Many chronic diseases are caused by lifestyle choices that are creating toxicity in the body. People tend not to exercise as much as they should, they allow themselves to become overweight, and they eat unhealthy foods that lead to things like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

Boost Your Immune System

We all need to be diligent about improving our health. Toxins are in our food and environment, and we can make better choices to boost our immune systems. Eating clean healthy foods that cleanse toxins out of the body and improve our gut health can make a significant difference.

Your immune system is constantly working to eliminate toxins. It fights off viral junk, bacterial infections, fungus and more. When there are too many toxins, it can be easy for your immune system to get overloaded. More than ever, people are being diagnosed with autoimmune conditions, food allergies and chronic disease.

When it comes to autoimmune diseases, there are some that are linked to environmental toxins. These can cause your body to turn on itself and attack certain organs. This is because the immune system registers the organ itself as a foreign invader rather than a toxin.

Eating more nutrient-dense living foods, cleanses your body and increases your healthy gut bacteria.

This takes the pressure off your immune system to help it work the way that it should, while increasing the healthy bacteria in your gut and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

Fermented vegetables

Eating probiotic foods and taking a daily probiotic supplement also helps to increase the good bacteria.

Probiotic foods include live-cultured yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, miso soup, apple cider vinegar and dark chocolate. In addition, fruits and vegetables contain fibers and sugars that can boost the health of your gut bacteria.

Improve your gut health and immune system by adding probiotic foods to your diet and removing sugar which feeds the bad bacteria.

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Fermented Foods Improve Gut Health

Fermented Foods Improve Gut Health

Healthy probiotics (good bacteria) in fermented foods improve  gut health, keep your colon clean, improves the function of your colon and provides a place for these friendly bacteria to grow!

The good news is that probiotic-rich fermented foods have been around for thousands of years and this is a traditional way to preserve food and beverages.  These fermented foods are also referred to as cultured vegetables or cultured dairy products.

When I started making my own yogurt in the 1980’s, I was only familiar with the term “fermented” and I learned in 2002 that they are also referred to as cultured vegetables.

Since becoming a Certified Body Ecologist through Donna Gates’ Body Ecology training, I have made thousands of quarts of cultured vegetables, coconut kefir and fermented coconut pudding using the Body Ecology culture starters.

Learning how fermented foods improve gut health was a vital part of my healing process and it can be for you too!

Why Should You Consider Fermented Foods?

Fermented foods, properly prepared, restore your gut bacteria to a healthy balance to improve your digestion. This in turn allows your body to absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat, and improves your overall mental and physical health.

Good News About The Process of Fermentation

These fermented or cultured foods have been through a process of lacto-fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food. This process creates lactic acid which is a natural preservative that inhibits putrefying bacteria. It preserves the food and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics.

Allowing bacteria to ferment in a sealed jar of vegetables over a period of time might not seem like the most appealing way to create a meal or side-dish. However, it is exciting to know how this healthy fermentation plays such an important role in balancing the bacteria in your gut.

In future posts, I will review ways to make your own fermented foods.

Until then, when talking about eating fermented foods for a healthy gut, remember… the lactic acid-based bacterium is the process to look for.

It isn’t necessary for you to learn how to ferment your own food, although you do save a lot of money when you make your own. Fortunately, in today’s market, there are many options available to you in your local grocery store, however, you should…

USE CAUTION: Not all fermented foods are good for restoring balance to your gut bacteria. Unfortunately, many mass-produced fermented foods, may have little beneficial bacteria actual left in them.  This is because of the preservatives, added sugars, colorings, or inexpensive vinegars used in place of a real fermentation process. Be on the safe side and look for fermented foods with organic ingredients and no sugar added.

Check out this post on Improving Your Gut Health.

Until next time, Experiment… try some fermented veggies or some yummy kombucha!


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It took a lot of time, energy and creativity…

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Veggie, Herb & Apple Drink – Tummy Love

Veggie, Herb & Apple Drink – Tummy Love!

This veggie, herb and apple drink is a “TUMMY LOVE” and gut healing drink that is quick and easy to prepare!

This blended veggie drink is excellent for your digestive system.

Just blend the ingredients below.

In the 1990’s, I purchased an inexpensive small blender, and then another and another. They did not last long but I was strapped for cash back then. I was delighted when I was finally able to invest in a Vitamix.  It’s been doing a great job for 16 years now and still going strong!

When my daughter’s children were growing up, I had a mother-in-law suite in their home. I made smoothies for their family almost every morning.  When I remarried and moved, the grandchildren wanted to start making  their own “healthy smoothies”. 

I could not resist letting them borrow my Vitamins. Actually, I was just so impressed as I watched them!   🙂  It makes my heart happy to see them taking responsibility for their health!

INGREDIENTS: One Green Apple Quartered 1/4 to 1/2  of a Green Cabbage A Hand Full of Parsley 3  Celery Sticks 2  Cups of Purified Water (more if needed)

START SLOW:  If you are new to blending, remember this healthy drink is loaded with fiber as well as many nutrients.

SIPPING no more than a cup at a time is recommended in the beginning.

REFRIGERATE the remainder and drink throughout the morning or afternoon. The sooner the better!

REMEMBER your body needs to adjust to having lots of healthy fiber.

  I like to spice things up a little by adding some of my favorite anti-inflammatory herbs: Tumeric, ginger and cayenne pepper and a sprinkle of black pepper to help the absorption of the tumeric.


Chew Your Liquids and… Drink Your Solids! 

If you want better digestion and a healthier gut, focus on swishing and chewing your liquids AND chewing your solids until they are a liquid.  This will enable enzymes to mix with your liquids and solids to provide better digestion and better absorption of nutrients!  Read More …

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Happy Hormones – Hormone Imbalance?

Happy Hormones – Hormone Imbalance?

Happy Hormones or Hormone Imbalance?


If you are fortunate to have happy hormones, you most likely have a handle on clean eating habits and and you are successful at managing your life and stress levels. Now if you’re not sure about those happy hormones, please keep reading as sometimes we don’t understand how our hormone levels can be abnormal and disrupt our lives!

For example, mood swings can affect the way a woman treats people. If you have a hormone imbalance it can literally ruin your life in more ways than one. From the monthly period to menopause, it is beneficial to have an understanding of the cause of your hormone imbalance… including how you can deal with it.

So let’s dive in and discuss five ways to help identify hormone imbalance.


5 Ways To Tell If You Have Hormonal Imbalance


Do You Have Consistent Weight Gain?


Have you been following a strict diet and regular exercise routine but you do not see the results you expect? While there are many reasons this could happen, if you are persistently gaining weight in spite of your efforts, there is a high likelihood that you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance.


Your metabolism will dictate how much weight you will lose. When your hormones are imbalanced, it slows the ability of the body to metabolize, and may be the logical explanation to gaining more weight. Fat storage is commonly experienced especially in the midsection, which makes it harder to flatten your belly.


Do You Feel Hungry Most Of The Time?


With a hormonal imbalance, aside from consistently gaining weight, you will also notice that your appetite is rarely satisfied. Even if you have just had a meal, chances are, you would still want to eat more.


This can result from the increase in a hormone that is known as ghrelin, which is basically responsible for the stimulation of your appetite. Aside from always feeling hungry, you also tend to have unusual cravings like a pregnant woman.


Have You Lost Your Desire For Sexual Intimacy?


Let’s face it… Sex is a normal part of an adult’s life, and it is even linked to a wide range of health benefits. When you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance, however, you may notice that you are “just not in the mood”. Regardless of whatever your partner does to arouse the fire in you, you just don’t feel the desire for sexual intercourse. This may be a result of the abnormal hormone levels which are all essential in a woman’s body.


Do You Have Mood Swings?


You are happy one minute then all of a sudden you are sad. You get mad over the smallest things and you are often irritable. More often than not, people will just avoid you because of your mood swings. This can also lead into depression. You think tomorrow will be better… or you will be better… but you have no control over it.


While these changes in mood can just result from your monthly cycle, women with balanced hormones will be less prone to experiencing extreme highs and lows of their emotions. Your mood swings will especially peak if you are already at your menopausal stage.


Are You Feeling Exhausted Like You Can Hardly Make It Through Another Day?


If you experience constant fatigue and you just want to snuggle up in the bed and take a nap more often than not, you may be exhausted because of cortisol… the stress hormone.


Your chronic stress can elevate cortisol levels and make you feel exhausted all the time which can result from lack of sleep that you may experience due to fluctuations in your hormone levels.


I know… it can sound overwhelming especially when you’re exhausted and totally stressed out. However, if you feel you may have hormone imbalances, I encourage you to be checked out by an endocrinologist.


…AND start cleaning up your diet with healthy food choices.

…AND take a good look at your lifestyle habits.

…AND are you using perfumes, toxic cleaners, laundry detergents, dryer sheets, etc. in your home?


All of these can have a dramatic affect on your health.

Control what you can… and embrace changes.


Change can be a great thing especially

when it improves your health and well-being.


Wishing You Radiant Health!


Gail Seignious



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Is Leptin The King Hormone?

Is Leptin the King Hormone?

Hormones in your body are the energy managers, and leptin is in the drivers seat playing a major role regarding hunger and appetite.  It is a protein made up of 167 amino acids and is one of the most important hormones derived from adipose tissue.  The word leptin originated from the Greek word leptos which translates to “thin”.

What Does Leptin Do?

The simple explanation… leptin is the hormone that says ‘”enough already… I’m full”.  It acts on the brain and is connected with body weight and the regulating of food intake. Leptin circulates in the bloodstream while delivering essential messages to the brain for our energy storage, and this is how it manages the appetite and metabolism.

Fat tissue is responsible for producing the leptin hormone. You might think an overweight person, who has more leptin to send the “full” signal to their body, would feel satisfied and have normal weight.

Unfortunately, if they have a leptin hormone imbalance, that may not be the case. Sadly, with a compromised metabolic and endocrine system, it is more difficult and involved; and the leptin hormone is not able to complete its mission of producing a feeling of fullness with the signals it sends.

When leptin is functioning as it should, it becomes much easiser to resist being tempted, and we are more likely to avoid most of those the foods we really should not be eating! From my own experiences, when I’m on the right track with healthy eating, I CRAVE healthy food… not junk food.

Have You Heard of Leptin Resistance?

Leptin is directly linked to insulin levels. The body perceives leptin resistance as starvation which ends up activating multiple mechanisms to increase fat stores as opposed to burning excess fat.

The body does its job and releases leptin as it should, but the brain does not respond to the leptin trigger as it should. Simply put, the brain does not receive the signal that the stomach is full so appetite is not curbed. This condition is characterized by obesity, blood-sugar issues, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.

Signs of leptin resistance can include having difficulty sticking to healthier eating habits, losing weight and difficulty recovering from a health issue. Leptin resistance is a complex situation involving the endocrine system.

The good news is that you can make lasting changes; however, it is going to require more than will power and counting your calories. Many obese individuals have endocrine issues or a damaged metabolism which needs to be addressed by medical professionals… but you can start taking some positive steps now with healthier eating habits.

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