Jacqui Lewis - BHSc Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine
Let's Have a Good Look at Gut Health
The gut is composed of a whole host of friendly bacteria
that affect your body’s functions and keep it and your brain
functioning as they should.
There’s a lot of research that has proven these gut bacteria affect the way you store fat, how you balance levels of glucose in your blood, and how you respond to hormones that make you feel hungry or satisfied.
The wrong internal mix can set the stage for obesity and other health issues later in life.
There's growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.
Scientists have also found that gut bacteria produce feel good chemicals, regulate your mood including serotonin and dopamine. Researchers have also discovered that a nervous system in your gut (known as the “second brain”) communicates with the brain in your head. It also plays a role in certain diseases and in mental health.
In other words, the wellness of both your body and your brain depend on your gut health.
Foods to boost the GOOD GUYS
FIBRE – insoluble fibre found in
- Fruit and Veggies
- Garlic and Onion
These examples of foods are good sources of fibre that will boost the level of good bacteria in your gut.
This improves overall health by:
- Helping reduce acid reflux
- Improving nutrient absorption
- Increasing Immunity
- Fighting off bad guys like H Pylori and other bugs that have been linked to ulcers and obesity
What are the signs you don’t have enough “good Bacteria?”
– burping, flatulence, inconsistent poo
– too runny or too hard
(Irregular elimination of waste - Bloating)
REGULAR COLDS & FLU
urinary tract infections, poor wound healing inside and outside the body.
athlete’s foot (anywhere on the body)
POOR NUTRIENT ABSORPTION
What can you do?
STOP FEEDING THE BAD GUYS!
Refined sugars, alcohol, white bread and pasta etc. are what the bad guys thrive on. Think of your good guys like crowd control.
The more you have – the less room there is for the bad guys to thrive!
Drink fresh water, try a probiotic for a month or two combined with some good prebiotic (help feed the good guys foods) like:
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