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Think about the last job interview you had, or the last time you had to screw up your courage for a tough talk or confrontation.
Did you feel nervous? Kind of tingly, with butterflies in your stomach?
Most people associate being nervous with this feeling, and it turns out, that’s a significant connection.
Some scientists have taken to calling the gut the “second brain” because of its direction connection to the brain in your head.
Your gut contains more than 30 neurotransmitters, including 95% of your body’s mood-and-memory directing hormone, serotonin.
It’s also home to trillions of microbes, collectively known as the gut microbiome, or “gut flora.”
This dynamic mix of micro-organisms plays a crucial role in everything from digesting food and nutrient absorption to hormone balance, metabolism and preventing afflictions like arthritis, asthma and depression.
These microbes are classified in two ways:
Probiotics (“good” bacteria) and pathogenic (“bad” bacteria).
Probiotics in your gut help you shed weight, balance hormones, boosts mood and reduce inflammation and related diseases.
Pathogenic bacteria drag down your energy, inhibit digestion, throw your hormones out of whack and even promote colon cancer.
And research shows that what you eat has a direct effect on the balance of these bacteria.
So what’s a quick and simple tweak you can make to your diet that will enhance the positive, healthy bacteria and minimize the disease-promoting bacteria?
Turmeric, the bright yellow spice that gives Indian curry that distinctive color, has the power to balance your gut microbiome so you can achieve incredible energy, lightning fast metabolism and prevent a host of diseases.
Turmeric for dysbiosis
When the amount of bad bacteria outweighs the good in your gut it causes dysbiosis, the condition that causes countless problems with your health
Dysbiosis also provokes inflammatory digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis and Chron’s disease.
A common antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent, turmeric soothes the gastrointestinal tract by enhancing digestive enzymes, stimulating probiotics and inhibiting the spread of pathogenic bacteria.
Gall Bladder and Liver
Your liver and gall bladder make an important team in your health.
The liver produces bile, an alkaline fluid essential for digestion. Once produced, the gall bladder stores the bile until needed, at which time it’s released to break down food—especially fats and oils—into units small enough to be used by the cells.
Fats and oils consumed are the building blocks of your hormones. If your liver and gall bladder can’t produce and release enough bile to efficiently use them, your body can’t metabolize hormones.
This leads to a slew of problems including weight gain, fatigue and irritability.
Research shows that turmeric stimulates production of bile in the liver, and it also causes the gall bladder to contract, helping it to release bile and promote digestion of fats and fat-soluble vitamins, which in turn stimulates hormone production and metabolism.
Turmeric can also keep the bile ducts clear, allowing the liver to freely discharge the bile, which also helps keep the liver healthy.
Getting Turmeric into your diet
Research shows that to get the benefits of turmeric you’d have to consume about 1 teaspoon every day.
You could try umpteen brands of supplements, hoping you find a good one, but turmeric is not readily absorbed in the body, so chances are those supplements would be largely wasted …
It’s better to get it as a food source, but even then bioavailability can be low.
Adding black pepper helps increase absorption, but do you want to cook and eat one or more meals every day with that much turmeric and black pepper?
Or drink a glass of turmeric‒black pepper water every morning?
Fortunately, there’s a better way to get the benefits of turmeric without having to eat curry every day.
Remember, always do your homework and use common sense to determine what is right for YOU.
P.S. Keeping a positive balance of probiotics in your gut flora is key to preventing and treating diseases and keeping your metabolism strong.
Don’t force yourself to choke down turmeric and black pepper every day.