GUT HEALTH

WHAT IS THE GUT MICROBIOME?

This is the home base for the bacteria in your digestive tract. Your body is host to thousands of bacteria, viruses and fungi, collectively known as the human microbiome. The largest population of micoorganisms is located in the large intestine (gut microbiome). Here, they help break down food and turn nutrients into things your body can use. They stop growing when they run out of food, so you'll only have what you need. Stool samples are commonly used to assess the gut microbiome.

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT

In the gut microbiome, the 'good' bacteria do more than just help with digestion. They help keep your 'bad' bacteria in check. They mulitply so often that the unhealthy kind don't have to grow. When you have a healthy balance in your gut, it's called equilibrium.

Our gut has lots of jobs, but one of the most important is determining what's good in food nutrients, and helping get these nutrients out to all parts of the body so these other areas can function. If not enough nutrients are being processed and reaching all these other parts of the body, then you are not going to feel as well or strong as you could. Your growth and development, energy levels, mental health and performance, sleep quality and quantity, exercise performance and recovery, weight and management of illness and more are ll affected by your nutrient intake and absorption.

UNHEALTHY GUT

An unhealthy gut can contribute to wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue.

8 SIGNS OF AN UNHEALTHY GUT

1. Digestive issues like bloating, gas or diarrhoea

2. Sugar cravings

3. Bad breath

4. Food allergies or sensitivities

5. Moodiness, anxiety and depression

6. Skin problems like eczema

7. Diabetes

8. Autoimmune disease and suppressed immunity

WAYS TO IMPROVE GUT HEALTH

Looking after the health of the gut and maintaining the right balance of these micoorganisms is vital for physical and mental health, immunity and more.

10 WAYS TO IMPROVE GUT HEALTH

1. Take probiotics and eat fermented foods eg. kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi

2. Eat prebiotic fiber eg. bananas, asparagus, garlic, whole grains

3. Eat less sugar and sweeteners

4. Reduce stress

5. Avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily

6. Exercise regularly

7. Get enough sleep

8. Use different cleaning products

9. Avoid smoking

10. Eat a vegetarian diet

Your gut bacteria are extremely important for many aspects of health. Many studies have now shown that a disrupted microbiota can lead to numerous chronic diseases. The best way to maintain a healthy microbiota is to eat a range of fresh, whole foods, mainly from plant sources like fruits, veggies, legumes, beans and whole grains.

Come and learn additional ways to improve GUT HEALTH, Wednesday 18th September,2019, 6pm. Call 09 378 0069 to reserve your seat, limited seating available.

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