In this second video, Marine explains the 1st pillar of a balanced diet: intestinal health.
Our intestine, our second brain, a key organ. You'll discover its two fundamental roles, as well as :
○ The importance of a healthy intestinal barrier.
○ How to take care of your intestine.
○ Which foods to choose and which to avoid.
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When the gut goes, everything goes. Can you tell us more about that?
In my opinion, the intestine plays two absolutely fundamental roles:
The first is that we've discovered that the intestine is the number one producer of serotonin, also known as the happiness hormone, which is responsible for various internal processes in our body, including mood regulation. Hence the importance of taking care of it.
And then, the second fundamental role of our intestine is that I see it as a bit like our body's filter. It's the seat of our immunity. The intestine is what separates us from the outside world. Quite simply, because food is a substance from the outside world that we put inside our bodies.
And these substances pass into our bodies through the intestinal barrier. That's why I use the term barrier, because there's really this image we can make with the barrier between the outside world and the inside world.
And as a result, if this barrier is defective, if it has any kind of holes, it will let undesirable substances into the body, which can trigger undesirable reactions in the form of pain, headaches, skin problems such as acne or eczema, for example. In the end, it can come out in any form, simply because undesirable substances have passed through this barrier.
So taking care of it is absolutely essential.
How to take care of your intestine?
Now, how do you take care of your intestine?
In our intestines, there's already what we call intestinal flora. So there's a whole world living in our intestines. And the idea is to take care of this world. This little world is very fond of fiber, and that's why it's important to return to one of the fundamental principles of eating food in its rawest possible form. Simply because, typically, when you eat a whole fruit rather than a juice, you'll get all the fiber in that fruit.
When we eat a cereal, for example barley in its whole form rather than pasta, or semolina, where a lot of the cereal's fiber is gone, we'll have something less qualitative in terms of fiber for our intestines.
So, eating as raw a diet as possible helps to provide the quantity of fiber essential for good intestinal health. These fibers feed the good intestinal bacteria.
Now, there are some substances where it may be worth limiting consumption, such as gluten, which is a fairly irritating substance for the intestinal walls.
And it's true that in our Western diet, we tend to consume quite a lot of gluten in the form of wheat-based foods, and now spelt too.
And it's worthwhile not necessarily to abolish gluten at all costs, but in any case to think about the quantity of gluten we consume, gluten being particularly problematic when it's in industrial preparations which in fact contain mainly wheat.
Gluten, yes, but what else?
Another substance worth considering in moderation is sugar, because sugar tends to feed bad bacteria, bad intestinal bacteria.
But what's also interesting to note is that sugar will feed bad bacteria wherever they are in our bodies.
A very simple example, but if you're a parent and you have children with recurring colds, colds where it's thick green, really the stuff that systematically degenerates into bronchitis, it's perhaps that sugar consumption needs to be monitored because the bad bacteria that are also present in mucus, for example, will proliferate because they like sugar so much.
And it's exactly the same thing that happens in our intestines, which is why it's so important to monitor our sugar intake.