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Gut Health – Is this the secret to great health?

From weight loss, disease prevention, mental health and our immune system, our gut health or more specifically our microbiome is looking like the secret to great health!!! With over 90% of scientific literature published on gut bacteria completed in the last five years, the understanding of the importance of our microbiome has significantly shifted.

“Suddenly, we have come to understand that events going on within the gut, and specifically within the microbiome, have a dramatic effect in terms of virtually every important metabolic process that occurs within the human body,” explains Dr David Perlmutter, US neurologist and brain-gut health guru.

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So, what is Microbiome?

Simply, it is approx. 100 trillion bacteria living in our small and large intestine. They help break down foods, help release certain nutrients such as vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, A, and K and play an important role in protecting our immune system.

How do you know if you have a problem?

There is a fine balance between good and bad bacteria, and if the balance (approx 5 to 1) is not maintained, we can experience symptoms such as gas, bloating, headaches, burping, fatigue after eating, abdominal pain, constant hunger and poor-quality stools or irregularity.

If you do have a problem here are 5 Simple Tips for Better Gut Health

  1. Include foods that support and promote good bacteria:
    • Prebiotic foods – carrots, sweet potato, onions, garlic, asparagus, leeks
    • Probiotic food – fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, miso and fermented vegetables
  2. Probiotic supplementation: Look at the number of strains and the overall volume e.g. 5 strains and 25 Billion as a guide.
  3. Reduce the use of antibiotics. As well as killing the bad bacteria it also kills the good bacteria.
  4. Reduce stress. Elevated stress has a direct impact on the balance of our gut bacteria.
  5. Reduce processed foods and sugars from your diet. These support the growth of our bad bacteria.

Gut health is now one of the fastest growing areas in Nutritional Science and can very well improve your health and longevity with some simple steps and modifications.

Proudly published in November 2017 edition South City Bulletin

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