The human body is made up of lots of things, including bacteria and microbes. In fact, there are trillions of bacteria living in and on your body – even more than our own human cells, which are outnumbered by bacterial cells 10 to one. Most of these live in your gut and they play a role in almost every aspect of your health.
It helps to understand a little of how it works. The epithelial lining of the intestinal tract is covered with what are known as villi, if you imagine something that looks like a microscopic shag carpet, that’s about right! The tight junctions of the villi are what keep the pathogens out and let the good nutrients in. Remember, the gut is where you will absorb what you need from food. In other words, you are not what you eat, you are what you absorb.
Over time, these junctions can become looser, imagine the aforementioned carpet becoming worn instead of tightly bound. At this point, the gut lining has become more permeable allowing protein molecules to enter directly into your bloodstream. Why is this a problem? Well, your immune system sees these protein molecules as invaders as they are not supposed to enter in this manner and creates antibodies that can trigger a reaction. Allergies, intolerances and inflammatory conditions, not to mention feeling tired and sluggish, all share this root cause.
There are many reasons this can occur and it’s not just about your food choices, although processed food that is low in fibre and nutrient deficient is a daily digestive assault. So, switching to a largely plant-based, whole foods diet is gut maintenance 101. Starting the day the Quinoa Crack way will certainly be a whole lot better for your digestion!