Encourage Better Gut Health By Eating This One Vegetable More Often

Gut health benefits of broccoli

A healthy gut microbiome is one of the most important things you can encourage for the rest of your life.

 A happy gut is a healthy life. No doubt that’s as truthful as it could ever be. 

When you have a happy and vibrant gut, you can expect some of the following benefits:

  1. Better cognitive functioning. Our microbiome affects the central nervous system, directly related to our brain functioning.
  2. Keep our immune system strong. When the gut signals are communicated to the immune cells, we combat infection, which keeps us healthy.
  3. Better digestion. When you digest your food well, your body absorbs what it needs, which helps your body function.

 Our gut health also greatly affects how much we weigh and how fast we lose weight. An imbalance of good and bad bacteria can cause weight gain.  One study showed the differences in gut microbiome through twins – one was obese, and the other healthy.

The microbiome is very much subject to our lifestyle habits rather than genetics.  So, if you want a healthy gut, you must make the right lifestyle choices, including foods supporting gut health. One vegetable has been proven by science to do that very thing. Unfortunately, many people do not appreciate how wonderful this green vegetable is.  

A study conducted on mice that ate broccoli on a regular diet had become better adapted to tolerate a lot of digestive issues similar to leaky gut and colitis than mice who did not follow the same broccoli diet.

A very common digestive issue is called a leaky gut.

 A leaky gut can be referred to as an increased intestinal permeability and occurs when those tight junctions in the gut do not work properly and allow substances to leak into the bloodstream.  Some symptoms of a leaky gut are bloating, gas, stomach cramps, food sensitivities, aches and pains. It’s something that doctors call a ‘medical mystery’ probably because no one knows how to offer a solution!  If you have a leaky gut, then that causes chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammation can easily lead to arthritis, heart disease and many other conditions.

A solution is keeping your gut healthy and ensuring that barrier function is not experiencing a leaky effect.

Having that strong barrier in your gut helps protect the intestines from toxins and harmful microorganisms and allows the right nutrients to pass through the system.  Researchers released their findings in the Journal of Functional Foods, which suggested that cruciferous vegetables – like broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts all have an organic compound.  These compounds are called indole glucosinolates.

This compound breaks down into other compounds, and ICZ is particularly important.  ICX helps maintain a healthy gut flora balance and immune surveillance.   It could help prevent debilitating gut diseases like Crohn’s, caused by inflammation in the gut lining.  When researchers experimented with mice, a broccoli substance was administered, giving them a chemical to cause digestive problems. 

The Broccoli substance helped protect the mice’s digestive tract from inflammation.

 If the same amount were to be administered to humans, then that would require consuming 3.5 cups of broccoli each day.  Eating this amount of broccoli might sound like a lot, but when you break it down during the day – you can easily conquer it.  

Brussels sprouts have three times as much of this protective compound as one daily cup.  Although many people with digestive issues have been warned against cruciferous vegetables, the future of science will help to include the best way for these people to consume broccoli for its gut health benefits.  More research is needed to uncover what other vegetables could assist without the digestive problems fibrous veggies cause.  

So, don’t shy away from broccoli or Brussels sprouts. Eat them to continuously heal your gut and prevent leaky gut syndrome from occurring.  

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