Nutrition Tip: Gut Health

Nutrition Tip: Gut Health

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

First some quick definitions:

Probiotics – are friendly bacteria that provide health benefits when eaten via food or taken as a supplement.

Prebiotics – are food for your friendly gut bacteria, these come in the form of different fibres found in certain vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, oats & legumes. We can’t digest these fibres but our gut bacteria can and they turn them into useful nutrients for us, sound!

Looking after your gut and the bacteria that live there is incredibly important for almost all aspects of health and well-being. After all , there are far more bacterial cells in your body than there are human cells ? .
Having a healthy balance of gut flora can lead to reduced risk of diseases, easier weight loss (or gain – whichever is the goal), improved mood, reductions in anxiety, depression, improved digestive function, improved immune system function, better skin…the list goes on and on.

One of the best ways to improve your gut flora is to consume both probiotics and prebiotics regularly. Taking a supplement like Super 8 and eating probiotic foods like raw sauerkraut, kimchi, natto, kombucha tea, kefir is a great way to add friendly bacteria to your body but then you have to make sure you FEED them by regularly eating prebiotic foods i.e eating a wide range of the food types mentioned above will do the trick*.
People who have recently been on a course of antibiotics should really consider using a probiotic afterwards and even during to replace the good bacteria that will have been killed off.

Finally it’s not just about eating the right foods and taking the right supplements (although this IS a huge part), overall lifestyle matters too for gut health, this means things like stress management and getting good sleep, being active, drinking lots of water and so on, all of the usuals ?

*As with most things these recommendations will not be suited for 100% of people so if you have any medical conditions like IBD or are immunocompromised then always consult a medical professional first.