It's at the very core of supporting a strong and balanced body, enhancing energy levels, building resilience against future illness and getting the most from the food you eat to help you achieve optimal health and wellbeing.
In fact, if you want to live a long and healthy life, then you really want to start with taking care of your GUT health and Digestion to give you the best chance of success.
DID YOU KNOW...
Your microbiome is made up of 100 trillion living microbes
80% of your immune system is located in your microbiome
95% of your happy neurotransmitter serotonin is produced and stored in your microbiome
There is one particular dimension of the body's digestive system that is getting a lot of airtime in the media at the moment, and looking at the above facts, it's easy to see why! It's called the gut microbiome. This extraordinary ecosystem of microbes which reside in your gastrointestinal tract is so important in managing a healthy body. All our guts are densely populated with roughly 100 trillion bacteria, mainly concentrated in the large intestine. This bacteria weighs in at about 2Kg! Because of its symbiotic relationship with the rest of the body, the microbes in our intestines play a critical role in our health and can affect everything from our mood, to our mindset to our metabolism and weight.
Often likened to a gut garden, we are learning that positive health outcomes correlate with a healthy gut garden which is populated with a wide diversity and abundance of different strains of bacteria. Very much like a flourishing garden full of different plants and flowers.
If you suspect that your gut garden has been taken over by weeds or is looking more like a dessert battered by antibiotics, other medications, chronic stress, chronic infections, alcohol misuse or a poor diet, then it's time to help restore balance.
And how best can you do this? It all starts with eating an abundance of deliciously simple 'real foods'. And a great way to 'seed' your gut flora with beneficial bacteria is to incorporate 'probiotic' foods into your diet regularly.
There are many foods retaining gut-loving living cultures, but the top three you definitely want to try adding to your shopping list are:
1. Sauerkraut (that's fermented rather than pickled cabbage) - a generous tablespoon is really a great addition to your salad
2. Natural Yoghurt - lovely for breakfast with berries, nuts and seeds
3. Miso Soup - this fermented soybean past is miso and is loaded with active bacteria. This is a fabulous way for people who don't eat dairy to top up their beneficial bacteria.
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Source of Research & Information:
Sarah Grant at Gut Reaction - Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach