Monthly Archives: November 2012

Burping contests and probiotics

My Father taught me how to burp really, really, loudly. We used to have burping contests. Not the usual training for a little girl but heaps of fun. The good and bad news of this is that I can out burp just about any man or woman but I sometimes burp really loudly even when I don’t intend to. Recently it happened in a quiet art gallery with my wonderful partner. He was not pleased. Because I’ve done it so unconsciously for so long I have allowed myself to think that other people don’t hear it. It happens in public places. So my darling has developed the practice of saying quite loudly “Heard that!” if I burp loudly. It’s been an eyeopener for me. “Really you could hear that?” I say. “My ears are still ringing and the dogs have started barking” He says. I can see that I need to modify this behavior. Relationships are so good for pointing these things out.

Because I love reading about and studying health I know that gut health is super important. I’ve worked long and hard to recover my health and getting my gut health back has been an important part of the journey. Lately I’ve learned even more about it and I’m thinking that if I take it to the next level and have a super duper thriving healthy good bacteria rich gut I won’t even need to ever burp. Maybe just occasionally in a ‘ladylike manner’ covering my lips with my hand and demurely apologizing.

I work with a company called Mannatech that makes powerful, natural, plant based supplements. They have a great powdered pro and pre biotic called Gi-Pro. From working with them I’ve learned that 80% of your immune system is in your gut. From my own experience with having to take massive antibiotics which destroy your gut health I’ve noticed myself that when your gut health is poor it also affects your brain functionality. I had bad ‘brain fog’ before. I would tell people “If you don’t see me write it down it doesn’t exist”. I was talking about appointments not reality in general. Strong antioxidants helped my brain as well but gut health is super important for some reason for brain health.

Another way to get lots of healthy bacteria in your gut is to make or buy cultured vegetables. According to The Westen Price Foundation all healthy indigenous people had pickled or preserved vegetables of some description. Kimchi from Korea and sauerkraut are a couple of classic versions of this. A couple of weekends ago I went to a workshop where we learned to make our own cultured vegetables. The smell is a bit overwhelming so I wanted to do this while my darling was away on work. Basically you chop up a bunch of fresh, organic if possible, veggies like cabbage, cauliflower, onions, carrots, etc. Stuff them in a big glass jar that can have a loose fitting lid. Put in a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of some form of sugar for the little probiotics to feed on and fill with water above the level of veggies. We used a capsule of a probiotic mixed with the water. Then sit it somewhere and wait a week or so. Google ‘cultured vegetables’ or ‘fermented vegetables’ and you will find a world of opinion and advice on how to do this. It’s an active, growing, lively community just like you want your gut to have!

My veggies are all cultured now and safe in the fridge. I’m eating my recommended 1/4 cup with every meal and I think I may be burping less. The test will be when my darling comes home. Will he notice less burping or that there is a smell of fermented cabbage in the house?

Feel the fear and do it anyway. Okay I’ll write and make it public.

When things happen in threes I think it’s important to pay attention.  Within the last few days three people have asked me when I was going to either write a book or a blog. The last person, who is a wonderful person that I admire, gave me a deadline and silly thing that I am, I agreed. So I had to start this blog by tonight. People say bad things happen in threes but I always think that if you stop and pay attention and refocus yourself in a positive way after the first thing, that the next bad things won’t happen. At least not right away. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. Stuff happens. It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s how you respond. That’s what someone else who HAD written a book said. I think they are right.

I had a challenging upbringing. I had a difficult childhood. I was fortunate enough to be raised in an “outside the square” kind of family. I was taught that it didn’t matter what other people thought about you. This was a handy thing to tell your child if you weren’t going to take very good care of them in the traditional way.

I’m old enough to have used carbon paper and typewriters. I remember when suitcases didn’t have wheels on them. So when I first started looking for ‘self help’ books all of them seemed to be written about overcoming the domineering father or breaking out of the rigid childhood. But my father was a softy and my Mother had never grown up herself. There were very few rules in my family. Throwing food at the dinner table was not supposed to happen. But there was a splotchy mark on the wall that showed that that rule had been broken at least once. By the time I was eight I had decided that the people in charge of me, my parents, were making consistently bad decisions and that I was going to have to raise myself. Now I’m in my sixties and continuing the process. Currently I’m using several different methods and techniques to become the best version of me that is possible. So that’s a lot of what I plan to write about. There’s some great stuff available now for changing your life.  One of my current favorites is all about living in the question.  How’s it get any better than this and what else is possible? You can ask it when bad or good stuff happens. Because like I said before, ‘Stuff happens’.