Maker's Diet Author/Health Expert Claims That Health Begins In Gut
Posted Sep 23 2010 12:19pm
Last weekend I had the opportunity to listen to Jordan Rubin, author of the best-selling book The Maker's Diet and founder of Garden of Life, speak at an organic, health festival in Birmingham, Michigan put on by a local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation .
While Rubin spouted off several keys to extraordinary health, he told the packed crowd that keeping the gut healthy was at the top of the list. "I am more convinced that all of our problems begin in the gut," he said.
He suggests that in order to get more of the good nutrition into our bodies and to get the bad stuff out, cleansing four times a year--once every season-- for seven days would be a good place to start. Rubin's approach to cleansing is very gentle. He says that while cleansing the body our focus should be on getting more sleep, sunshine, hugs and nutrition as a means to jump start our bodies on a path to health and giving ourselves a fresh start.
During a cleanse Rubin recommends consuming raw foods, not just fresh, organic fruits and vegetable, but also raw foods containing healthy fats from avocado, coconut oil, sashimi and cultured dairy such as kefir.
In addition, Rubin highlights the importance of boosting probiotics in the gut to improve intestinal microbial balance. He mentioned a number of ways that our flora is damaged, including consumption of dairy and meat from animals given antibiotics, our chlorinated water supply we shower in and drink, sugar, and birth control pills. While ideally the human body should contain 80 percent good bugs and 20 percent bad bugs, Rubin says that sadly, the average American consumes just the opposite--80 percent bad bugs and 20 percent good bugs.
If your intestinal flora is off balanced, then you need to reseed the gut, Rubin says. Two ways to boost probiotics is eating cultured, fermented foods and taking probiotic supplements.
A major benefit of probiotics is improved digestion and according to Rubin that is exactly why a healthy gut is so important. "You are not what you eat," the famous health enthusiast says, "you are what you digest."