Gut health has definitely been the hot topic for the past year or so and for good reason!
You may have heard the gut being referred to as your bodies second brain. This is because more than just digestive complaints have been linked to gut health. More and more research is coming out showing us that your gut health can be a contributing factor to how we think, our moods, the strength of our immune system, digestive health, weight management and even our heart health.
It's pretty cool to think that we can control these bodily systems through our gut health right?
Our gut has trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes and an imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes in the intestines may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and other disorders, so it is important to get it right.
There are a number of lifestyle factors that can contribute to the imbalance or weakness of our gut health including:
- Too much stress
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Not enough sleep
- Lack of exercise
- Antibiotic use
Improve your gut microbiome through lifestyle choices:
- Eat a diverse range of fruits, vegetables (organic where possible) to support the growth of healthy microbiomes.
- Eat your prebiotics. These fibres will help stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria especially bacteria like Bifidobacterium. They can be found in bananas, oatmeal, nuts, onion, garlic and apples.
- Get your Polyphenols in. This plant compound is broken down by the microbiome to support health growth of bacteria. Best news is... they are found in red wine and chocolate. You're welcome!
- Improve sleep and stress levels though mediation, regular exercise, breathing exercises or simply taking a bath.
My favourite gut loving supplements:
All of these supplements have a host of benefits ranging far wider than just supporting your gut health however for today we will dive into the gut and how they could benefit you.
- Bone Broth: This is the most inexpensive of them all and one of the most healing. Bone broth is full of collagen which has the ability to heal and seal any holes in the gut lining. I personally make bone broth. But also use the Nutra Organics powder for convince.
- Glutamine: Research has shown that glutamine is an essential amino acids and has amazing protective qualities. It helps to protect against mucosal breakdown in the gut and closes up any tight junctions in your intestine.
- Gelatine: Is a powerhouse. It helps lower inflammation in the body, improves alertness plus helps heal digestion. Some of the amino acids founds in gelatin helps to increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach which is essential for digestion and nutrient assimilation. (3) See my gummy recipe here.
Remember your gut controls so much of how we think, eat and live. it is important to be constantly working to improve this area of your health. For many it is not a one size fits all approach and although these recommendations may help you, I also recommend chatting to your Nutritionist or Naturopath for a specific gut health program.
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My initial consultation involves an in-depth look into your history and presenting conditions. This will go for up to 45 minutes. It is then followed with a plan on the best way to move forward from a nutritional and lifestyle perspective based on your personal experience.
- Shawn D. Larson,1 Jing Li,1,2 Dai H. Chung,1,2 and B. Mark Evers. 2007. Molecular Mechanisms Contributing to Glutamine-Mediated Intestinal Cell Survival
- Kechen Ban and Rosemary A. Kozar - 2010. Glutamine protects against apoptosis via downregulation of Sp3 in intestinal epithelial cells
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