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SeniorZine, Issue #005 -- Trust Your Gut
March 01, 2014

Health Success As Senior? Yes, Absolutely!

SeniorZine, Issue #005 -- Trust Your Gut

March 1, 2014

"Senior Health Takes Intestinal Fortitude"

I had a gut feeling about today's subject. Literally.

My gut told me that this is an extremely important subject to bring up. Yes, I listen to my gut. Maybe you should, too. Why?

We as seniors need to do everything we can to keep our body in good, if not optimal, health.

It all starts with our gut. I'm totally convinced of that.

One of the often overlooked yet highly significant areas of our body is the intestinal tract. And scientific research bears all this out. It is showing that digestive tract bacteria play a vital role in both your digestive wellness and overall health.

We're talking here about maybe a hundred trillion bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal system of the human body. Some are good and some bad.

The good ones help ward off food poisoning and keep all your bodily systems working (or get them back on track). They contribute to a stronger immune defense system, weight management and even mental health.

So, it makes perfect sense to keep the balance of these microbes in favor of the good ones.

A healthy whole food, plant-based diet (which I practice and encourage on my website) helps achieve this balance.

However, the Standard American Diet (SAD) that most Americans live on has been shown to wreak havoc with this equilibrium. This meat-centered diet with its reliance on factory-farmed products is chock-full of antibiotics, killing off good and bad bacteria and keeping your body in a constant state of inflammation and lack of immune defense.

Did you know that 80 percent of all antibiotics in this country are given to livestock – primarily to help them grow bigger for higher profits?? And you are paying the price. Sickening – isn't it?

Chronic disease and premature death are the result.

I don't know about you, but I want to live a long healthy life.

So I decided to put only foods in my body which are beneficial to my gut flora.

An excellent way to aid in the increase of beneficial microbes is to eat foods that are considered rich providers of probiotics.

And wouldn't you know – they also taste delicious.

This brings me back to my gut feeling, mentioned earlier. I finally found my way back to making and consuming fermented foods, such as my homemade Sauerkraut and pickles.

Call it gut instinct, call it gut memory – now that I not only avoid gut flora killing edible food-like substances (SAD diet) but enjoy a health-promoting plant diet, I feel healthier and more alive than ever before.

I want to same result for you!

I'd be very happy if could help you (or any and all your friends) look deeper into this subject. For a refresher on the world of probiotics, please read my page on Fermented Foods

My gut tells me you'll like it.

As you already know, I enjoy being my peers' guide, supporter and cheerleader.

I firmly believe that it is vital to continuously have something to look forward to. Take time for dietary and exercise improvements. Make time for living! Make time for challenges!

One of the goals of www.SeniorHealthSuccess.com is to show you how to live a longer and healthier life by learning from many different older adults, including centenarians.

You can look forward to lots of encouraging information in future editions of SeniorZine.

Yours in good senior health,

Guenter Hauser, CHC, CFT, SSF

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