This morning I’ve been reading on butyrate again, trying to put together the next post about probiotics and generating butyrate (which may still be a long way off, darn it).
Butyrate is generated by your gut bacteria for YOU to use in your own body. It supports your gastrointestinal health and “a million” other things (diabetes and cancer, to mention a couple small problems). It comes from your gut bacteria munching on the vegetables and fruits you eat. (It can also be made from whole grains, such as oats.) My go-to foods for butyrate production are leftover potatoes (baked potatoes, steamed potatoes, fried potatoes, you name it) and green bananas.
Foods rich in something called “FOSs” feed those butyrate machines too: onions, garlic, and asparagus. (And as much as I like garlic and onion powder, you need to go for the REAL onion and the real garlic to get butyrate). We use no less than one onion a day in our home. And I can’t even count how many cloves of garlic.
Well, this morning while butyrate-reading, I came across:
Basically, it was explaining how butyrate may affect brain function. It was fascinating. I LOVE it when personal experience is validated with the science I read. I never want to misinform and lead people down the wrong path, even if it applies to eating better. (Because the battle a person has to fight now today to “eat right and real,” is a real battle.)
When I changed the way I ate a few or so years back, I noticed a dramatic improvement in moping days (as in they decreased in number). Even now, when I eat too much sugar or grains or processed oils, my moping days like to come back. Being a tiger for protecting my brain, I get back to eating as real as I can and how I know is best for me.
I was trying to think about how best to describe to people how I think we should eat. From my varied reading, there is a huge allowable variation for human health.
But basically, I guess I’d sum it up as:
Eat like a vegetarian who is back in the Garden of Eden. Round it out with the most connected- with-nature animal products you can find when you want them. (If you don’t, no problem. Just make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need in the place they’re lacking.)
What do you think of this thought? Does this capture the idea? Does this keep us focused on the food rather than the cholesterol, fat, and sugar content? Does this take away the significance of labels and names? Because that’s what it comes down to for MOST (not all, there will ALWAYS be exceptions—speak, Elijah) of us. Eat it whole, baby.
Check out the article if you like science and you ever get moping funks. Nah, I’ll bet none of you ever do that. And remember, after you get it down to real food, you may need to make further tweaks to help with individual things like weight loss, headaches, irritable bowel, and so on.