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All across our planet, adaptogen plants are growing deep in the forests, high upon the sides of mountains and along the river banks. It is not by accident, but rather the intention of the planetary Mother to provide her inhabitants with plant medicines. Similarly, tropical forests are full of fruit and nut trees, northern woods are steeped in edible plants and wildlife and rivers and oceans are flowing with fish. Now that we are no longer dependent upon daily hunting and gathering for our survival, it is all too easy to take the bounty we have been given for granted. The earthly garden thrives with adaptogen healing plants, seeds abound with which to grow nutritious food and together they are the medicine for our microbiome bodies.

A microbiome is essentially a community of sustaining microorganisms existing together in any given habitat. Our summer garden is a microbiome of mycelium, bacteria and fungi working together to create good soil for healthy plants. The ocean is one big microbiome full of plants, tiny organisms and large sea creatures working together to create a healthy home. The human body is also one microbiome wherein most of the molecules that make us human are actually made by the gut microbiome bacteria coming from the food we eat. It is a true statement that we are what we eat.

Have you ever considered how the round shape of seeds resembles the round shape of our cells, or how certain flowers, like this photo of the garlic flower, resemble the shapes of bacteria and viruses? We are intimately linked to the plant kingdom, and our good health and longevity depends upon what our gut microbiome makes from the food we feed it. New cutting-edge science now views the gut microbiome as perhaps the most important aspect for our overall health, as it communicates with every part of our microbiome bodies to assist and manage all of our bodily functions.The human body has many functions: metabolic, mobility, immune, digestion, detoxification, blood pressure, hormonal, mental, emotional, sleep, elimination, eyesight, hearing, injury, recovery, inflammation and more. Recent studies are showing that by balancing the gut microbiome, many disruptions to these functions greatly improve. The key is to feed the gut microbiome nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods that it wants and needs to maintain balance.

I recently listened to doctors talking about dysbiosis, a condition wherein the gut microbiome is both lacking in needed good bacteria, and also suffering from an overabundance of unwanted bad bacteria. The result of dysbiosis is chronic inflammation that creates all kinds of health issues, and also weakens the gut lining that causes leaky gut and immune dysfunction.

Did you know that the gut lining runs all the way from the mouth down to the sacrum? Did you know that the entire immune system runs all along the outside of the gut lining, with its majority running along the gut and intestines? So when the gut leaks bad bacteria, it first triggers the immune system to set off the alarm, and then moves into the blood where this unwanted bacteria circulates throughout the body.

A diet rich in veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices is what our gut microbiome wants us to feed it. It is challenged to stay in balance when it confronts antibiotics, steroids, pharmaceuticals, toxic chemical, too much sugar, a lack of fiber and processed foods. Our microbiome bodies were designed to function optimally with the right foods and nutrients. In fact, the gut microbiome cam make what is needed to shut down cancer cells when it is healthy and in balance,

A major challenge we have today due to non-regenerative and toxic agriculture is poor soils, as well as long transit times from harvest to market. Even if we try to eat more fruits and veggies, they are only as healthy as the health of the soil in which they grew, and the nutritional sugars, called mannose, dissipates  within 48 hours of harvest. So sadly, we are often paying for beautiful, dead food with fiber, but lacking in nutrients.

Adaptogen plants can provide the necessary nutrients we may be missing in our fresh food. Adaptogen mushrooms like reishi, chaga, turkey tail and lion’s mane, along with ginger, turmeric, cacao and cordyceps, can be easily added to your current diet. True adaptogens like ashwaganda, eleuthero, rhodiola, nettle and schisandra can be added to broths and soups, made into tonics and elixirs or powdered blends to add to smoothies, sauces and drinks. Adaptogens are nutrient-dense containing vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and are rich in terpene, polyphenol and polysaccharide compounds. They are nature’s medicines with plant intelligence to assist, restore and regenerate our microbiome bodies so that we can live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

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