Gut Health

Gut health is one of the hottest topics in 2018 and i think the trend will continue. There’s been a number of studies done to show the role our gut microbiome play, from fat loss to inflammation levels to our mental health. 

What are microbes?

Both inside and out, our bodies harbour a huge array of micro-organisms. While bacteria are the biggest players, we also host single-celled organisms known as archaea, as well as fungi, viruses and other microbes – including viruses that attack bacteria. Together these are dubbed the human microbiota.

What does it do?

Gut microbiome help to break down food and turn nutrients, which is then easily absorbed by your body. They also fight the bad bacteria in your body as well as shaping our appetite, allergies, metabolism and neurological functions. They may even affect your mood…This is why they say ‘healthy gut means healthy human’

Probiotics 

Probiotics are good live bacteria found in foods like yoghurt, pickles, sour kraut as well as supplements. When taking supplements its important that you use one which has a good variety of strains so choose one that is most diverse. One interesting product that is currently on the market is Restore (Gut Health). It tries to strengthen the integrity of the integrity of your intestines so create a better environment of you gut bacteria.

When consuming probiotics it is best to do it during a meal which contains fat.  This helps the bacteria survive the journey through the digestive tract. 

Check the Ferments section for probiotic foods – click on the picture

Check out the Ferments section for better gut health 
Prebiotics

Prebiotics is what feeds the good gut bacteria. They are the type of undigestible plant fibre that microbiomes need. Probiotics should be incorporated into your meals every day.  

Top 10 best prebiotic foods

  • Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes)
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Onion
  • Chicory
  • Asparagus
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Oats
  • Fennel

Please note that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. Everything written is here has come from my research and links to some of these I shared with you below.  

https://foodrevolution.org/blog/best-foods-for-gut-health/

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/26/the-human-microbiome-why-our-microbes-could-be-key-to-our-health

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3828163/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5YD3qzlNrQZtTqYzvwh3d40/can-i-alter-my-gut-bacteria-and-improve-my-health