Well, it doesn’t take long. If you think about it, you’re eating food all the time. You eat food two, three times a day and all your life you eat food, tons and tons of food. It’s got to wear out the lining of the gut. Well, it does. Those cells are constantly replaced. So you’ve got this lining from the mouth right through, okay, to the anus, this long hollow tube. And if you think about it, it works really, really hard. So the epithelium lining replaces itself quite often and it will obviously work differently in different areas.
The stomach lining, some people say, is replaced every 24 hours, every 48 hours. Other estimates are between three days up to seven days in duration for all the cells to replace themselves all along the lining of the gut. Now, if you think about it, it’s grinding up food, it’s breaking down food, it’s digesting food, it’s absorbing food. It’s a very hardworking surface, so it has to constantly replace the cells that line its surface. And therefore, it pays to eat good food all the time. Well at least very regularly because [inaudible 00:01:12] supplying nutrients to those cells that need it the most. That’s why I am such in favor of high folate foods like spinach and the deep leafy greens. I think they are one of the best foods you can eat for your gut.
Now remember, different foods serve different purposes. Some foods contain nutrients more specific to building the lining of the gut. For example, spinach with a high folate content. Other foods that we’ve spoken about a lot on this channel are going to serve more to help repopulate the gut and get the pH correctly in line for the production of lots of lactobacillus in beneficial bacteria like the fermented and cultured foods.
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And then of course, we got the other foods on the other hand that are antimicrobial and they’re going to serve to keep the population of the bad guys at bay and these are still healthy foods. Those are things like garlic and onions, okay, and broccoli and also marjoram, oregano and all those kinds of nice healthy kind of foods. So by putting different types of foods into your gut on a regular basis, you’re helping to regenerate the lining of the gut more effectively. You’re also going to help to keep the population of the good bugs up and the population of the bad bugs down. That’s what healthy eating is all about, all right.
Now, you imagine the lining of your gut is, what it would be like if all you ever drank was Coca-Cola and all you ever ate was Kentucky Fried Chicken and what the lining of the gut would look like if you ate no fruit, no veg. Now, don’t laugh because some people actually live like this. I’d hate to think what the lining of their gut’s like. Amazing, isn’t it? But I mean, we all have those choices in life. We can choose what we decide to eat, so make it a good choice and you’ll regenerate that lining really well.