When you put cat food out on the porch, you will get cats. In a very similar manner can we influence our gut health, and thereby our overall health and performance.
We live in a symbiosis with microorganisms. They live on our skin, in our blood, and mostly in our gut. Around 3% of our body weight is from bacteria and other microorganisms. These bacteria produce hormones & neurotransmitters that directly influence our immune system, the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act. We have influence on the type of bacteria that are resident in our gut, and thereby also the types and amounts of hormones and neurotransmitters that are being produced in our gut with our daily food choices.Bacteria in our gut produce hormones & neurotransmitters that directly influence our immune system, the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act. Click To Tweet
A diet full of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and synthetic food will lead to a completely different population of bacteria in our gut compared to a daily regime of vegetables and lively meat and fish. It takes around 4-6 weeks to produce significant changes in our bacterial population in the gut when we change the food for the bacteria.
A good way to gauge if you will benefit from a diet change in terms of bacterial composition is to take probiotics (live bacteria) for 2 weeks. If your cravings reduce, your mental health improves, your symptoms reside, than you will benefit a lot from changing your diet to meats, fats and vegetables. Especially vegetables like brokkoli, spinach, parsley, cauliflower, and asparagus are food for the good bacteria.
The term for bacterial food is PREBIOTICS. Daily consumption of good PREBIOTICS is WAY more important than taking PROBIOTICS. Probiotics are only a short-term solution. The long term solution is too feed the „good” bacteria and starve of the „bad“ ones.
Gerrit Keferstein is a Medical Doctor specialised in Performance & Functional Medicine. He is most known for his work on the optimisation of recovery and adaptation in elite athletes.