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Plant Foods and Gut Health

Amazing Evidence Mounts on the Importance of Consuming a Diet High in Plants & Vegetables

There is now ample evidence to show how important it is for the human body to consume a diet high in Natural fibre from Plants and Vegetables.

An Animal Study conducted at the University of Michigan showed that a High fibre diet kept the microbes inherently present in the Gut from eating the lining of the Colon and protecting it against infection.

When microbes inside the Digestive tract do not get the ample Natural fibre that they rely on for food, they start munching on the natural layer of mucus that lines the gut wall, eroding it to the point where dangerous bacteria invade and can infect the colon wall.


The lesson we are learning from studying the effect of fibre on gut microbes is that if we don’t feed them, they can eat us…


Detrimental Effect of Processed food diet on the gut microbes

An earlier study showed that 10 days of an intensive Burger and fries diet could decimate not only the number but also the diversity of the healthy microbes by upto 40%.


Low Natural fibre diet over generations leading to irreversible depletion of gut bacteria

In a study where mice with gut bacteria from a human were given a low fibre diet the diversity of their intestinal bacteria plummeted and four generations on a low fibre diet caused irreversible losses.

Thus the importance of consuming a diet high in Plant foods can not be overemphasised and the clear message is that we need to eat real plant fibre regularly to keep our gut microbes happy.

Food for thought indeed!


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Nature to Our Rescue - Air Filtering Houseplants.


More Indoor Time May Mean More Indoor Toxins.


As we humans are now spending more time Indoors, it is beneficial to re-visit the indoor plant study conducted by NASA, on the toxins that were found in the indoor air and using some of the plants found in the study to effectively remove those toxins to improve the quality of the air we breathe!


Although the toxins present in each individual space  would depend on what was present in the Space, the most common ones found along with Dust and mould were:

  • Trichloroethylene
  • Xylene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Ammonia
  • Benzene


The toxic symptoms commonly linked with short term exposure to these toxins found were Dizziness, Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Drowsiness, Ear Nose Throat irritation, Sore throat, Asthma, Cough, Confusion, Heart problems, Liver and Kidney damage.


The Study also then went on to find that certain Plants could come to our rescue by releasing not only Oxygen but also effectively  clearing the indoor air of these toxins, moulds, dust, paint, etc….

To Effectively carry out this task, the plants need to be  of a certain height and number depending upon the dimensions of the area involved.

Six of the plants that were found to be the most effective in purifying the quality of indoor air were,

Aloe Vera, which  releases Oxygen, absorbs Carbon dioxide, Carbon monoxide , Formaldehyde and can replace an air-purifier in the space.

Ficus Elastica which does not need a lot of light is also very effective in removing Formaldehyde, although its leaves can be poisonous, especially if children and pets are in the house.

Ivy was found to effectively clear 60% of the toxins in the air in 6 hours.

Spider Plant which performs Photosynthesis under minimal light also absorbed Formaldehyde, Carbon monoxide, Gasolene and Styrene.

Snake plant, an endurable plant was beneficial especially in the bedroom as it also released Oxygen at night.

Peace Lilies, 3 to 4 plants placed per 80 square meter area were found to remove Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene in that space.


Let us continue to look for and work with the wonders provided by Nature to improve our Health and Livingness !


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