GUT FIT BASICS
It's no secret that gut health is one of the keys to unlocking overall good health. After all, the gut is responsible for making the most of what we put into our bodies, taking nutrients and turning them into the energy we need to live our day-to-day lives. It also makes sure we get rid of what we don't need! You may also have heard that the gut has an impact on mood and can even impact our cognitive performance, helping us do better at work and study or even keep up with the kids. What you may not know is how this happens, or how you can get your gut into shape so it's doing all this amazing work for you. This intro guide is the perfect place to get to know your gut and get started on your journey to Get Gut Fit!
GUT FACT 1
When we talk about gut health really what we’re talking about is the microbiome. The microbiome is made up of the various bacteria that live in our gut. Different bacteria thrive under different environments, so our microbiome is totally dependent on the different foods we consume and behaviours.
GUT FACT 2
The importance of gut bacteria
Your gut bacteria consist of hundreds of different types of microorganisms. When your bacteria are in balance, they help your gut perform at its best, which is important for your health and wellbeing. Unbalanced gut flora can cause digestive issues and is also linked to certain diseases. Probiotics can help to correct this imbalance and boost your overall health.
GUT FACT 3
Prebiotics vs. probiotics
Probiotics are good bacteria that support the balance of your gut flora. They’re in food such as miso, kimchi and kombucha. Whereas prebiotics are made up of carbohydrates that your body can’t digest. While prebiotics don’t actually contain bacteria, they provide essential food for the probiotic bacteria and help these good bacteria to grow.
GUT FACT 4
Why do you need prebiotics and probiotics?
Probiotics are the good bacteria in your gut, while prebiotics are the food that feeds your gut bacteria (or gut flora). When taken together, prebiotics and probiotics work to keep your gut in balance. A balanced gut is beneficial to your health and wellbeing – supporting your digestion while boosting your immune system and mood.
GUT FACT 5
Your gut will always contain bad bacteria, but the balance should be in favour of the good. When your gut bacteria get out of balance and you have more bad than good a wide range of health issues can be triggered including in some instances chronic illnesses. A diet high in refined, sugary food and drink allows bad bugs to grow so reduce your intake of these sorts of things to help your gut’s good guys out.
GUT FACT 6
How to Get Gut Fit
To improve your gut bacteria (or gut flora) for better digestion and overall health, you can:
- Eat more fresh food and fibre such as legumes and fruit
- Cut down on sugar and artificial sweeteners
- Have more fermented food like yoghurt and kombucha
- When taking antibiotics, help balance your gut microbiome with probiotics
- Take a probiotic supplement to help restore gut balance.
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