Healthy gut flora
(Some pandemic clinicians in China think Covid-19 disrupts flora.)
Did you know there is a miniature garden living in your bowels?
This garden made up of essential microbes some 100 trillion strong. You may have heard it described as a microbiome. A microbiome is an ecological community of microbes that, helps to break down food to release energy, produce vitamins, and protect us against bugs.
And what is more, you need a healthy bowel flora for a well-functioning immune system. .
Processed sugar in high amounts in your diet; upsets the balance of microbes in your gut. In addition, sugar uses up precious vitamins, leads to weight gain, and increases inflammatory processes in your body.
Herbs and real food, on the other hand, promotes and maintains a healthy gut flora. Here are some foods that are particularly valuable for supporting a diverse flora.
The allium family of herbs like onion, garlic and leeks help to support probiotic foods like natural live yogurts, muesli and miso.
Nuts, seeds, and ginger provide oils and zinc that are required on a daily basis to enable a vast array of metabolic processes in your body.
Mushrooms are a source of Vitamin D and beta glucans both support an appropriate immune response and increase NK cells. These immune system cells are primary responders to a viral challenge and can also break down cells infected by viruses.