The gut flora: a healthy garden needs healthy soil

Within the last few years gut problems have been on the rise, weather it’s sensitivity to certain foods such as gluten, dairy etc or a diagnosed issue like irritable bowl syndrome or just plain old bloating it’s time to start taking more interest in our gut health and learn how to keep it in tip top condition.

Our gut is the home to approx. 100,000,000,000,000 (100 trillion) microorganisms. Our poo human brains can’t really comprehend a number so big, it equates to One trillion dollar bills laid end to end would stretch from the earth to the sun and back again with many miles to spare! Do that 100 times and you start to get a vague idea of how much it is.

We’ve only recently begun to understand the extent of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease. Among other things, the gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system. Dysregulated gut flora has been linked to diseases ranging from autism and depression to autoimmune conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes.

So what should we be doing to keep our guts healthy?

Gut Health Tips

Eat more Fibre! It increases your stool weight (good thing I promise 😉 ) which has been linked to eliminating constipation

Just 7g extra of fibre per day has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of disease, that’s a baked potato, half a tin of beans or a bowl of high fibre cereal. You should be aiming for 30g/day

Diet can affect the bacteria in our gut, It impacts on what genes bacteria may express and what metabolites are produced. So choose your foods wisely

Taking Probiotics: They help by stopping the “bad bacteria”adhere to the gut wall causing them to be flushed out

Probiotics will not however increase the number of other healthy bacteria, only their own

Eating a low FODMAP diet can help in relieving IBS symptoms

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Evidence shows that probiotics can aid weight loss!

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