Gut Health & Why It Is So Important!
Gut health impacts every single area of your health from your sleep and your movement, to your mood, your skin, and the clearness of your eyes. Basically, if your digestive system is out of balance, you’re in trouble!!
Good gut health contributes to the smooth functioning of our entire organ system, improving digestion, weight management and mental well being.
Your intestinal flora can also make you fat or thin: obese people and lean people have different types of bacteria in their guts.
Foods that need to be avoided (inflammatory foods) like curries, are likely to irritate the gut lining and trigger bowel & digestive issues. To strengthen gut resilience wheat & gluten need to be avoided too.
Because of its molecular make up, gluten is a magnet for water and binds substances inside the body leading to constipation and sluggish digestion.
Eating a diet filled with fried foods, particularly deep fried chicken which is cooked in gluten-laced flour, is damaging to gut health too. But...eating prebiotic snacks like shiitake mushrooms which are immune-boosting, are a great vegetarian choice for promoting gut health.
Many colorful foods at summer parties are loaded with sugar, gluten, dyes, as well as artificial colors. During the moment, it seems fun & carefree but, sugar & gluten disrupt the balance of the microbiome, and food additives can be toxic to your body. Occasionally indulging is fine, but keep it within reason.
Balance in your gut starts with balance in your lifestyle. “Movement, food, sleep and relaxation" are 4 key areas to focus on. Doing a little bit in each area has a huge impact on our gut.
Experts advise eating five different colored vegetables a day, upping your intake of roughage and keeping your diet diverse to help keep bugs at bay.
Regular & consistent movement will also keep your system working more efficiently.
Experts suggest taking a good prebiotic and probiotic to add to your daily regimen.
We recommend the Bacillus spore probiotics which are human strain.
Probiotics are good bacteria that help in keeping the digestive system healthy and improve immune system. While prebiotics (PHGG) are food for probiotics, the good bacteria in your gut thrive on this specific type of soluble fiber, increasing your diversity of bacteria, and your overall health.
PHGG ferments slowly in the gut without causing side effects often associated with inulin, FOS and other types of prebiotics. When the Probiotic & Prebiotic are found together, they work in synergy.
The Human Microbiome Project revealed to us that diversity is the most important factor to your gut health. You need all kinds of strains, not just a few, to maintain healthy digestive function.
Taking a PHGG prebiotic and bacillus probiotic together is like a “perfect cocktail” that gives your gut increased diversity – and gives you a greater sense of well-being.
Good gut tips from around the world
Fermented foods are the go-to when it comes to balancing the gut in Japan. They eat fermented foods daily like miso, soy sauce, natto (fermented soybeans) and tsukemono which are pickled vegetables. And the latest trend is to mix tea leaves with fermented botanicals, which is not dissimilar to the Korean live enzyme drink, kombucha.
Gut health has always been a focus in the traditional approach to health in India. Traditional Indian cooking actually places a lot of emphasis on digestion, the use of spices, the way certain things are cooked, or foods that you consume when you have a stomach bug.
It is also very common for people to make yogurt at home from live cultures and consume it as a part of their daily diet.
The yogurt is served in a few different forms, including a drink called chaas (a salted, spiced smoothie) that’s taken as a pre-meal digestive.
In Chinese medicine, doctors recommend taking the navel as the center and massaging it in a clockwise direction.If you can press the Tianshu acupoints, which are two inches to the left and right of the navel, you will feel a real difference. It is known to improve gastrointestinal motility.
Acupressure is used widely too. Press the root of the thumb and front palm, which is the Dayuji acupoint; the Hegu acupoint, which is at your hands’ purlicue (the fleshy dip between the thumb and forefinger); and the Zhongchong acupoint which is at the fingertip of the middle finger.
This is said to help with the detoxification of the gut.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, early morning is when the gut is most receptive. They believe that from 5am to 7am, the gut part of the human body meridians is at its prime, so if you should drink a cup of salt water to cleanse the gut.
Some traditional food therapies like hawthorn berry, red bean porridge, cassia seed tea and barley water are also great.
Sauerkraut is the traditional German dish that helps the gut. It is rich in vitamins C, B and K. The Germans call it the ‘caretaker of the gut’.
Sauerkraut is low in calories and contains lactic acid which is good bacteria. It is consumed in a multitude of ways, but the healthiest form is considered to be fresh and warmed. You can even drink it as a juice, though this might be an acquired taste.
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