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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. Mahatma Gandhi

Health is our greatest wealth, without health how will we enjoy anything else? Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” It’s a cute little saying that trips off our tongue, but how much do we take it as truth?

When we can’t put the cookie bag away is that us, or our gut buddies, the ones that aren’t so friendly, the ones that cause problems and get our system out of sync? Fasting, I am reading is good for our gut health. What if when we don’t feed our gut buddies they do better? It seems our bodies will look after the good ones, and the bad ones die off during a fast. There are many good YouTube videos on fasting and one I listen to is Dr. Pradip Jamnadas.

Why I started listening is concern over diabetic drugs and how much harm they do. Do we have a better way to control our blood sugar by controlling what and how we eat? Do we have access to natural foods that populate our gut with good bacteria like yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, cheese, cream of tartar (made from fermenting grapes), and Kombucha to mention a few?

One of the challenges we all have is keeping our gut healthy. It might be more of a challenge for some than others, but for all of us, it might be something to consider when our body isn’t acting quite right.

We might think reversing some of our health problems is beyond us, but if we listen to videos about health or read books about health there is a lot of information being shared. Many are sharing and want us to buy supplements that may or may not improve our health. But, most of them improved their health before they created the supplements, so if we can do what they did in the beginning perhaps we can have the same outcome.

Even with conditions such as psoriasis, I’m reading, there is at least a gut health connection in some cases. As we get older gut health becomes a bigger and bigger issue, but if we can keep our gut healthy or at least healthier can we avoid some of the ravages of age, as Dr. Gundry put it, “Die young at a ripe old age?”

What we think and what we eat, combined together, make what we are, physically and mentally. Edgar Cayce

I’ve struggled with Candida and mentioned it to my doctor years ago when he looked at me like he had no clue what I was talking about. In 2016 I took an Epsom salt bath every night for six weeks and drank an elixir of cream of tartar, baking soda, Epsom salt, and apple cider vinegar when my sinus pain was so bad I could hardly stand it. The sinus pain went away and hasn’t come back.

In 2019 I started making Kombucha and drink it almost every day. Gut health is never fixed and forget about it. We have to be vigilant throughout our lives. Yesterday, I started the cream of tartar elixir again because I want to recommend it to someone and want to make sure I could tell them I tried it again and felt it didn’t do any harm.

Last year I made a honey, garlic, lemon, and ginger potion and that didn’t work for me at all, I think because of the honey. We will have to be willing to experiment to find what works for us. Just because something works for someone doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. I was introduced to molasses in Kombucha but when I added it to mine I didn’t think that worked for me either.

Staying healthy might be one of our biggest challenges, but if it is, we can be sure no one else will do it. Drugs may help some symptoms but are they getting to the source of the problem? We need to be willing to experiment in our own lives with practices to improve our health, and some have been around long enough like fasting and fermented foods that we aren’t taking a risk at all. We are doing what the healthiest people throughout history have done.

If we are going to change our lives for the better, is there a better time to start than now? What if we get a snowball effect of better and better health? What if part of living right, is eating right, and we choose to make things better or worse every time we put something in our mouth?

You are what you eat, you are what you think, you are what you believe. Michael Ryan

Don’t focus on how much you eat. Focus on what you eat. Unknown

The food you eat can be either the safest most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Ann Wigmore

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