Many ancient health cultures agree with this advice. They teach that the body’s overall health depends on good digestion. The gut is the seat of the mind, emotions, physical health, and the body’s ability to detoxify. For optimal health and longevity we need good digestion.
I grow (and eat) a lot of fruit and vegetables both in Florida and on our North Carolina farm.
Fruit and vegetables are a link to health and wealth because success can be defined as “a good attitude”. With a positive mood we can try anything. And if we fail, we can try and try again. As long as we keep trying we cannot fail.
That’s a pretty important asset when so much, in so many places, seems totally screwed. We need to make attitude adjustments when everyone around us seems to be making so many errors.
Buckminster Fuller once summed up the “Attitude is Everything” philosophy when he said: “Whatever humans have learned had to be learned as a consequence only of trial and error experience. Humans have learned only through mistakes.”
How do we keep a good attitude when every source of news, from print to radio to internet to TV screams of conflict and radical change?
Franklin D. Roosevelt summed up what we must do when he wrote: “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
How do we overcome that sick feeling in our gut when faced with a daily onslaught of negative news?
We make attitude adjustments that begin with the gut. There are 100 million neurons embedded in the wall of the large intestine. Because of this, it is referred to as the “second brain”.
The gut is the ruler of emotion because there are trillions of microbes in the gut that manufacture 95% of the dopamine, serotonin and other brain chemicals and literally control our mood, mind and emotions. The microbes in the gut are critical to our physical and mental health.
This is where we begin our positive attitude adjustment because according to recent epigenetic research our thoughts and belief systems can transform the DNA of the microbes in the gut, which in turn alter the health of the body. (1)
The Veggie Path
One way to improve our attitude is to eat more fruit and vegetables.
A collaboration between the University of Warwick, England and the University of Queensland, Australia followed 12,000 randomly selected people. The researchers found that happiness increased incrementally for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables up to eight portions per day.
The study determined that people who changed from almost no fruit and veggies to eight portions a day would experience an increase in life satisfaction equivalent to moving from unemployment to employment.
Large positive psychological benefits were gained quickly, within two years of an improved diet. This gain is much faster than other physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, which accrue over decades.
Which veggies and what fruit?
Another study found that certain fruits including under ripe bananas, papayas and mangoes are especially helpful in nourishing beneficial gut bacteria.
These fruits change depending on their ripeness. In an unripened state, they contain higher amounts of digestive-resistant starch, which is important for optimal gut health.
Digestive-resistant starches resist digestion in the small intestine and slowly ferment in your large intestine and act as probiotics, feeding healthy bacteria.
In addition resistant starches do not result in blood sugar spikes. Level blood sugar helps improve insulin regulation, reduces the risk of insulin resistance and helps reduce or eliminate mood swings depression and negative attitude.
Under ripe bananas, papayas, mangoes, white beans, lentils, seeds, potato starch, tapioca starch and brown rice flour all contain digestive-resistant starch.
Refrigerator cooling of normally cooked digestible starches such as potato or pasta transforms them into resistant-type starches as well.
There you have it, a simple way to overcome all obstacles with a try, and try again attitude. Simply do what our mothers used to say… “Eat your vegetables”.