GUT health

 

A healthy gut is linked to a strong immune system, a positive attitude (GUT-Brain Connection) and glowing skin.

The gastro intestinal tract (GUT) is where we digest and absorb nutrients, house our gut microbes (also known as gut bacteria), and regulate the immune system and synthesis (produce) neurotransmitters (brain chemicals).

Keeping a good balance between the gut micro-flora and the immune system play an important role in keeping the body healthy and your brain functioning.

However, medications, poor dietary choices, stress, lifestyle and inadequate nutrient levels can all have a detrimental effect on your immune system and your mood, as the GUT is the body’s first line of defense against disease-causing pathogens.

It’s important to understand how to improve your gut health for overall health and a healthy state of mind.

 

Food and GUT Health (Just to name a few)

 

Apple-cider vinegar or lemon juice – with warm water stimulates digestion, assist the absorption of nutrients and ward off unwanted bacteria and parasites.

Broth – Bone broth is a great source of (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur) to help our immune systems function optimally. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and glutamine, arginine, glycine and proline make up the phenomenal product, gelatin, which are released in the cooking process. These amino acids in gelatin are responsible for many health benefits such as  immune system function, repairing leaky gut, reducing inflammation and healing joints.

Prebiotic foods (including good quality yoghurts, kefir, sauerkraut, oats and indigestible plant fibres such as Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, chicory root, garlic and onions) promote a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut to aid digestion, absorb nutrients and boost the immune function.

Fermented vegetables (such as sauerkraut, kimchi, miso and tempeh) and fermented beverages (such as kefir, apple cider vinegar and kombucha) promote healthy gut bacteria.

Fibre to aid bowel function and regularity.

Bitter herbs (like ginger, dandelion greens, coriander, rocket, chicory and globe artichoke and radicchio) – all help to cleanse the digestive tract, stimulate the liver, gallbladder and kidney function and improve detoxification via the blood.

Poor quality ‘refined’ carbohydrates and sugars (including white flour, white rice, white bread, pastries, sweets, lollies etc).

The process of refining carbohydrates removes much of the food’s nutritional value such as B-complex vitamins, healthy oils, fat soluble vitamins and various minerals.These foods can also have the potential to feed bad bacteria and candida in the gut which damages the lining of the small intestine and ultimately interferes with the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.

Dairy foods (including milk, butter and cheese) are acidic, inflammatory and mucous-producing and may cause digestive issues such as bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea.

 

Supplements

 

In addition to a healthy Gut meal plan, supplementing with the appropriate nutritional prescriptions helps to;

  1. Aid digestion by promoting the breakdown of protein and amino acid absorption. Amino acids are the building blocks of the body and are vital in the growth, development and recovery of all body tissues including immune cells
  2. Reduce intestinal inflammation and promote a healthy gut by increasing gut immune responses – specifically immunoglobulin A which plays a crucial role in protecting the gut lining against antigens.
  3. Strengthen and support the gut lining, and helps boost immunity against allergens and pathogenic bacteria.
  4. Increase energy
  5. Improve skin health
  6. Improve sleep quality