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Gut Health and You

You’ve probably heard a lot about your gut lately and trending topic or otherwise, your gut is an impressive organ. The gastrointestinal tract comprises your stomach and intestines, so on basic terms it is responsible for food digestion, nutrient and energy absorption and excretion of waste. It is far from basic though and scientific research is increasingly showing your gut health is thought to influence many things including the appearance of your skin, your mood, immunity and brain activity. 

Good Bacteria (Probiotics)
So we know there’s bad bacteria that makes us sick, but there are also trillions of beneficial bacterium living in our bodies and nowhere more so than the gut. Good bacteria are live, lactic-acid producing microorganisms that create balance in the gut and are integral to a happy, healthy environment where nutrients can be efficiently absorbed and our bodies can function well.

Feed your gut
Fermented foods such as miso, tempeh, kimchi and kefir are all rich in good bacteria. Try and include a few of these in your diet at lease 4 times a week as well as a quality probiotic supplement.

Repair your gut
After antibiotics this is essential, but it is most likely something all of us need as stress, not eating well and alcohol consumption are all culprits in damaging the sensitive gut lining.

  • Indigestible fibre (prebiotics) is key as it ‘feeds’ the good bacteria. Vegetables, sprouted grains, Chia, flax and hemp seeds are all excellent sources. Eat daily, starting with low amounts and building up to around 40g per day.
  • Collagen, the reason bone broths are great for gut health, can help boost gastric juices and improve the health of the mucosal lining. Constituent amino acids glycine and proline are essential building blocks for repairing intestinal lining. Try to have some collagen daily, either as a supplement or a bone broth.
  • L-glutamine is an essential amino acid and aids the repair of the gut wall. Bone broth is high in L-glutamine as is grass fed beef, Spirulina and cabbage.

Stress less
If your daily life is fast, furious and stressful, take some time each day to calm and centre yourself. Stress and anxiety are no friends to a healthy, happy gut so daily meditation, yoga or calming, restorative exercise is a great way to chill out at the end of the day.