Gut bacteria. It sounds a little odd, but we all have it and how we treat it turns out to be very important. Jack Farrell of Chimcha Foods led our February Lunch and Learn this past Monday and let us know that when it comes to your overall health, gut bacteria should be the first thing on your mind.

    Our bodies are hosts to over 100 trillion bacteria and most of them reside in our gut. Good bacteria (commonly called ‘probiotics’) disable toxins and work to boost the immune system, keeping bad bacteria from taking root. The environment we create for these bacteria is called a microbiome and everyone’s gut microbiome is vastly different. Some are healthier than others and what you decide to put into your body completely alters your gut microbiome for better or worse.

    Sugars and processed foods are fuel for bad bacteria, so the more you eat, the more you ensure they stay present in your body. Eating more whole foods, greens, and honey provide the proper fuel to feed and nurture the probiotics. Some of the top probiotic sources include cultured or fermented foods like yogurt, kefir from raw dairy, kimchi, kombucha and cultured veggies.

    Learn more from Jack at Chimcha Foods. Sample his home-brewed Kombucha, a fermented tea  which is vegan, delicious, crafted in a variety of flavors and filled with probiotics.

    GROW Local South Texas’ Monthly Lunch and Learn occurs on the first Monday of every month at Bellino’s Ristorante Italiano from 11AM – 1 PM. Presentation topics are scheduled by Grow Local South Texas.  Executive chef and owner Francesco Inguaggiato shops The Downtown Farmers’ Market and the Corpus Christi Southside Farmers Market to create South Texas’ most consistent and authentic farm-to-table menus for these one-of-a-kind local lunches. Check our upcoming events page for updates on future Lunch and Learn topics.