Autoimmune, Microbiome, And Our Diet. Or...Why Not To Get Distracted By The Latest Shiny Object
So I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal on how scientists think they can soon test your blood and tell you what kind of diet is best for your gut’s microbiome.
Don’t you just love the newest shiny object?
Don’t you just love magic solutions?
Don’t you just love when the deity of science tickles our ears and let’s us know that we can continue down the same destructive road we have be traveling but with different results?
Except we can’t…
I’m sorry to burst this bubble... but we just can’t.
As I was reading the article I kept waiting to reach the part of the research where it addresses the FACT that we Americans eat a diet that the bad microbiome thrive on.
Yes, just like the outside world, our body’s microbiome are in a battle between good and evil. And just like the outside world, it is in our best interest for the good guys to win.
If you are an autoimmuner, I can guarantee evil is winning in your gut. And the Standard American Diet (SAD) is to blame. The bad guys thrive on sugar and simple carbs. So EVERY time you take a bite of a cronut, you are helping the bad guys win. Every time you reach for a soda, you are killing yourself slowly. (No, making that refreshing “ahh” sound doesn’t negate the effect, no matter how delicious it tastes.)
The article promised to give you a diet protocol that works best for the microbiome in your gut. But what if I don’t want the microbiome in my gut to flourish? What if I need to out-maneuver the dominating forces and get supplies to our diminishing allies? But where is the magic in that? Nowhere, that’s where…
And so, once again, a deity, that does not deserve our worship, is being honored. For what? Steering us wrong once again, that’s what…
The article talks about how not all sugars are processed the same in individual bodies. That the sugar in ice cream won’t affect some people’s glucose levels, but eating the rice in sushi can.
This is actually a no-brainer when you understand the microbiome. Now, I’m not pretending to be an expert, I don’t even play one on TV. But I have been around the block a few times with this stuff as it is in doing so that I put my autoimmune into remission.
Yes, you read that right, though I’m no doctor, I, moi, watshi, ich, mig (you get the point) put my autoimmune into remission. One of the ways I did that is by getting my gut’s, skin’s, and mouth’s microbiome on the right side of history.
When I notice that I am craving sugar and carbs, (and sometimes it can take a couple of days before I notice this craving) I immediately eat a forkful of sauerkraut. Don’t wrinkle your nose at me. You too can become a fan of all things fermented. One of the interesting developments (and there were plenty) on my journey to health was how my taste buds changed over time.
You see, when the bad guys rule, they dictate your cravings. Yep, you read that right. Those little microscopic bugs in your gut actually control you by telling your brain what to eat. Makes sense when you think about it. They want to thrive and the only way to do that is to make sure they get the right supplies. And the SAD is exactly what they need...sad isn't it?
Now, when the good guys rule, you no longer have uncontrollable cravings. You will start preferring clean, all natural foods. My all-time favorite candy bar comes in a bright orange package and includes two circular chocolate/peanut butter disks. However, I can’t eat it today. It tastes horrid to me, and I actually spat it out the last time I tried to eat it. Why, you ask?
Because now my body rejects chemicals and only accepts real food. It recognizes food-like substances for what they are - poison. And one day your body will too, given the right love and care.
On the same page as the above mentioned article was a related article, that discussed how “scientists are looking for biomarkers that will enable doctors to use a blood test to predict a diet’s effectiveness.”
Now THAT shiny object sounds promising, but…
There’s always a but, isn’t there?
It just seems that here again we are looking for our ‘get out of jail free’ card. Nothing, and by nothing I mean zilch, nada, nanimo nai, will make eating a sugar and carb-filled diet healthy. Nothing will make glyphosate a friend to our health. We must stick to the diet we were designed to eat - that of clean fruits and veggies, clean meats, clean water. All of which I am gravely aware are hard to come by in this day and age. But they can be found, and we must hunt and gather wisely!
Now a point missing in the article that I feel compelled to point out, is that our diet alone can not sustain our health. (I see you scrunching your eyes in disbelief, but go with me on this.)
Food is a major player, but it is not the only member on the team. We MUST be disciplined to utilize ALL the players God gave us for our health.
My point to all this is to encourage you to ignore the latest shiny object, the latest promise of a quick fix. I know from my own experience, and that of other autoimmuners, that when that promise is broken (and it always is) we can lose hope in ever getting our life back.
Follow God’s protocol and you won’t be let down.
We all are going through quite a health journey because of our autoimmunes, and we won’t always “get it right”. But we will get it, and I want you to know I’m here for you! I’ve been through it and I’ve reached the other side. I am now living a revitalized life. I encourage you to join the Facebook group Autoimmune Survival to stay in the conversation. I am there for support and questions. I hope to see you there!
It’s important to understand that implementing small changes, like this, into your life can bring significant improvements in your health, as every little step brings you that much closer to your health goals. I suffered from an autoimmune for years, but by implementing habits like this, I am able to participate in life again.
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