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Good health starts in the Gut
14 Mar 2017 15:43:13
Healthy gut flora is crucial in supporting our immune defences as it deals with potentially pathogenic compounds and harmful microbes. Bacteria in the gut assists our digestion and elimination and affects our weight, mood, skin and general wellbeing.
A look at how to improve gut bacteria and its diversity is a good place to start with any health concern.
How Gut Bacteria can be adversely affected
- Limiting variety in foods or eating too many processed foods.
- Stress Illness and recovery medicines (ie antibiotics)
- Poor bowel function
- Exposure to pollutants
- High sugar consumption
How to improve your Gut bacteria with your diet
- Swap white for brown such as whole grain basmati rice and short grain brown rice
- Buy organic foods to minimise the potential of pesticides and additives
- Have a diet predominately made up of natural whole foods
- Eat more fibre rich foods for prebiotic benefits, include chicory, garlic, leeks, onion, banana as they are top prebiotic foods and will aid the growth of probiotic activity.
- Eat fermented foods such as Kefir and natural live yoghurt.
- Include omega 3 foods such as oily fish, flaxseeds and walnuts in your diet.
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake
- Eat a variety of foods to provide a supply of vitamins and minerals
- Take regular exercise: Studies have shown athletes have better diversity of gut bacteria.
Additional Gut supporting nutrients
A comprehensive high strength probiotic supplement helps to re-populate your beneficial bacteria and in turn can benefit all areas of your health including the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
An Omega 3 supplement will also aid the growth of beneficial bacteria