Your gut is important, so take care of it with these top tips...
Dubbed as the body’s second brain, your gut plays an important role in overall wellbeing. Adrienne Benjamin, Leading Nutritionist at Pro-Ven reveals all…
So, what IS the gut?
It’s the long tube that starts at the mouth and ends at your err…back passage.
And what does it do?
Adrienne explains: ‘The gut contains TRILLIONS of bacteria that affect the body’s vitamin and mineral production and absorbency, hormone regulation, digestion, energy production, immune response and ability to protect against and eliminate toxins.’ Pretty important then…
How do I know if my gut’s unhealthy?
The health of your gut is generally controlled by the amount and types of bacteria it contains; an overgrowth of bad bacteria leads to an imbalance.
Many health issues have been linked to problems in the gut:
- Bloating, gas and diarrhoea,
- Food allergies or sensitivities,
- Autoimmune disease.
Boost your gut health
- Remove problem foods and toxins from your diet; caffeine, alcohol, processed and sugary foods, bad fats and other foods that might be causing issues, such as gluten and dairy.
- Take necessary supplements to replace the essential ingredients required for proper digestion and absorption, including digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids.
- Introduce good bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifidobactera, by taking a probiotic supplement or eating foods such as live natural yoghurt, kefir and fermented and pickled vegetables. Coconut products (such as oil and milk) are also supportive to the gut wall.
- Eat plenty of Prebiotic foods such as asparagus, leafy greens, garlic, leek and onion, to help to feed the population of good bacteria.
- Eat an unprocessed diet and include nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, L-glutamine and antioxidants (vitamins A, C and E, zinc and selenium).
- Minimise medication intake (especially antibiotics) and stress to help support a healthy gut and keep gut microbes in balance.