Variety is the spice of life — and the key to achieving optimal gut health.
Modern stomachs, man. They don’t know how good they have it. We can order a fish tonight that was swimming somewhere off the coast of Japan yesterday morning. We can make a smoothie in the middle of winter with fruit that was grown in balmy Mexico three months prior.
Thing is, once upon a time (like, wayback), we only put things in our bodies when they were in season, when they were naturally ripe for harvesting. We didn’t eat strawberries in winter, because there weren’t any around. We’d never even seen mangoes unless we lived close to the equator. We ate a lot more meat in the colder months, to help our bodies bulk up for winter. We were getting different nutrients — and different bugs — year-round, thanks to the earth’s naturally staggered growing and harvesting seasons.
Eat like a cave-person.
Imagine how healthy your gut would be if you were only consuming fresh ingredients year-round. If we want to get healthier, we need to keep our gut in mind, which means we need to think about how we ate historically. The double-edged sword of science means you can live to be 80…with diabetes. Cave-folks may have only lived to age 36 before being killed by a sabre-toothed tiger1 or something – but their guts, though! We’re smart enough now to know that good health isn’t defined by length of life. It’s about the quality not the quantity. If we take that great, variety-enriched diet of our ancestors and ditch all the things that killed them off (read: tiger attacks), it becomes obvious that what’s killing us off now are poor choices that are destroying our gut health: diet, alcohol, smoking, and lack of exercise.
Seasonality in a nutshell
At Jetson, we have no control over your food choices. But we do have control over making one of your good choices — to take probiotics — great. It’s why we mix up our bugs so you’re getting a healthy variety, just like our ancestors used to get. The rationale? Variety is the spice of life. With more than 5,600 strains of natural bacteria in our gut, bulking up on just a handful of probiotic strains risks letting the others deplete. It’s healthier to maintain a short-term relationship with specific strains for a few months at a time, then move on. We like Dr. Jannine Krause’s take: “Your health is your wealth, and the more diversified your gut portfolio is the better you will be at absorbing the nutrients you need for boosting your metabolism and energy levels.”
If you don’t believe in gut diversity, fine. At the very least, acknowledge what’s out of your control: seasonal shifts and how they affect your body. You’re going to need more immunity support in winter than summer and you’ll need more allergy support in spring than winter. It’s logic so simple, even a cave-dude can understand.
Fun fact – the saber-toothed tiger wasn’t really a tiger. It was related to modern cats, and while there is no evidence it ate people, there isn’t evidence it DIDN’T eat people, either. Our guess is the odds of people-eating-not-really-a-tiger chomping on Biff the cranky caveman are pretty good.