What you eat goes through your gut, gets digested, and becomes you. So we all learned in grade school. But now a much more complex process is being uncovered by researchers everywhere. Our intestines are host to trillions of bacteria, yeasts, bacilli and other microorganisms, all of which have a DNA of their own (all together, about 150 times the number of genes in the human genome). They exist in a kind of organized ecosystem, vying for nutrients and space just like flora and fauna do in the seas or in a tropical rainforest. I like to think of it as a coral reef, beautiful, fruitful, and fragile, with new layers building on top of older layers. The first layer, as Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride explains so well, is formed during the first 20 days after birth.
Wish I had time to read more, and write more. But this is becoming clear as research confirms Dr. NCM's theory: we are what eats what we eat. Our personalities are influenced, in varying degrees, by the gut biota that feeds on what we swallow.
So, "Be all that you can be", “To thine own self be true”, and “Discover yourself”: free yourself and your family from the microorganisms that undermine your mental health and alter your personality. Eat the nutrient-dense foods indicated in the GAPS nutrition protocol, and avoid foods containing toxic ingredients like sugar, starches (i.e., almost all processed foods) and industry-created chemicals. Listen to Mother Nature, who made our guts and all the food they’re meant to digest.