Lets Talk About The Importance of Good Gut Health
Our gut otherwise known as ‘gut microbiome’ refers to the microorganisms living in your intestines, this includes bacteria, yeasts and fungi and viruses.
A person has about 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in their digestive tract. While some microorganisms are harmful, many are beneficial and necessary for a healthy body.
Having a wide variety of these good bacteria in your gut can enhance your immune system function, improve symptoms of depression, help combat obesity, and provide numerous other benefits. ‘Gut’ is another word for the gastrointestinal or digestive tract, which starts at your mouth and ends at your rectum. ‘Gut health’ refers to the overall health of your digestive tract. We stress the importance of keeping your gut healthy and by taking small measures, this can be incorporated into your diet for a diverse and healthy lifestyle.
Our Tips For A Healthy Gut
Eat Mindfully and Regularly
Think the colours of the rainbow, varied and well –balanced similar to a Mediterranean diet. We stress the importance of fibre. Your key phrase to remember is, the diversity of the microbiome, all foods should be absorbed thus eat a little bit of everything.
Step-Up Your Prebiotics + Prebiotics + Fermented Foods
- Prebiotics [non-digestible fibre] : whole-wheat , oats, spinach, bananas, garlic, artichoke, soybeans, apple skin, asparagus, chicory root and our very own baobab powder
- Probiotics [Live good bacteria]: yoghurt and kefir.
- Fermented Foods [foods that contain controlled microbial growth and fermentation which are healthy organisms]: Sauerkrau (China), kimchi (Korea), kombucha (Turkey), miso(Japan), natto [fermented soy beans] , tempeh (Indonesia).
Our gut is often refereed to as our second brain, keeping our gut happy is essential for good sleep. A nervous system that is in constant communication with our brain helping to regulate the following:
- Hormone production
- Stress response
What To Avoid
This is not to say do not avoid them period, but try and stick to fresh food as much as possible. If you can, organic foods are better as they do not contain chemicals or pesticides.
Eating processed food contributes to feeding our gut, if high amounts of processed foods feed the bad bacteria, this will overtake the good bacteria. Keeping in mind, processed foods lack fibre, much needed for a healthy gut.
Stress plays a key role to our immunity. Try and tap into calmness and monitor your negative thoughts. Take time out to yourself. Engage in what gives you pleasure; music, walks and hobbies. Laugh and smile, focus on the positive, surround yourself with positive people who lift you up, this also helps.
Lack of exercise
Keep moving and be active. Movement helps repair our gut lining and reduces inflammation. It naturally promotes our good gut bacteria. Exercise releases endorphins, we feel a boost in energy and mood, we feel happy, and our brain is full of oxygen this results in a happy gut.
A happy gut = A happy brain= A happy + Healthier You.