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.
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.