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Let’s talk about the gut!

Gut health is a topic people often shy away from, but it is key that we understand the importance of a healthy digestive system to our overall wellbeing. If something’s off in our gut, even something small, it can affect every other system in our body. Read on to learn more about digestive health and how probiotics can help support yours.

The Gut

The gut refers to the gastrointestinal track- the organ system in charge of our digestion.

Gut Flora

Gut flora is the term given to the microbiome that live inside our guts.

Probiotics

The good kind of live bacteria and yeasts which support our gut flora and assist our gut to function effectively.

Why Does Gut Health Matter?

The gut plays a very important role in our overall health and wellbeing. It helps support everything from our digestion, to our mood, brain health and immune function.

In short, a healthy gut is key to a healthier, happier life

70%

of Our Immune System Is In The Gut

the majority of our immune cells that help fight against disease are stored in the gut. Ensuring a healthy gut therefore helps strengthen immunity and prevent disease.

95%

of Our Serotonin Is Stored In The Gut

Known as as the happy-neurotransmitter, serotonin contributes to feelings of wellbeing, plays a crucial role within the gut-brain axis, and in functions such as sleep, appetite and mood.

Gut-brain Axis

Millions of nerves and neurons run between our gut and brain.

Neurotransmitters and other chemicals produced in our gut also affect our brain. Gut health and brain health are therefore interconnected.

What Affects
our Gut Health?

The health of our gut microbiome is affected by a range of different factors from diet to environment, exercise, medication, stress, and sleep. It is therefore important to have a holistic and integrative approach when looking to heal and optimise the health of our digestive system.

Gut Health Starts
On The Plate!

If you really want to get serious about the health of your gut microbiome, start with a wholesome, balanced diet, avoiding processed foods and most importantly- by adding more plant fibre into every meal.

Then begin to introduce fermented foods, and watch the magic happen.

The Pros of Probiotics

The Gut microbiome is made up of trillions of microorganisms — both friendly and unfriendly. Maintaining the right balance of friendly bacteria in our gut is known to:

♥︎ improve digestion and nutrient absorption;

♥︎ boost metabolism and immunity and;

♥︎ improve brain function and mood.

Signs Your Gut May Need Some Loving

A damaged gut microbiome can manifest itself in many ways, from digestive issues (i.e bloating) to things like acne, anxiety, fatigue, weight gain, food sensitivities & even vitamin deficiencies. In many cases, these problems stem from a gut microbiome that is imbalanced in some way.

While there may be many reasons for the above symptoms, they could be a sign of gut problems.

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SA based Certified Nutrition & Wellness Coach + Gut health fanatic, Meg Lagerwey.

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