Gut health and car­ing for your mi­croflora

The Morning Bulletin - - LIFE - PETER LEWIS rock­hamp­ton­healthop­tions.com.au

GUT health is the very foun­da­tion upon which natur­opa­thy de­vel­oped.

An im­por­tant as­pect of gut health is car­ing for your mi­croflora. With­out these lit­tle work­ers within your gut in large num­bers, all man­ner of dis­ease can take hold.

Supporting gut health can be achieved in sim­ple ways us­ing op­ti­mal foods. Tra­di­tional natur­opa­thy em­pha­sises the use of plant-based roughage and op­ti­mal yo­ghurt.

Op­ti­mal roughage is present in plant foods grown nat­u­rally, with­out the use of syn­thetic chem­i­cals.

Op­ti­mal yo­ghurt re­quires ex­pla­na­tion. I con­sider op­ti­mal yo­ghurt has no added sug­ars or thick­en­ers.

There are very few yo­ghurt prod­ucts that meet my op­ti­mal natur­o­pathic cri­te­ria. Both food sources con­sumed sen­si­bly

will pro­mote gut mi­croflora num­bers.

Just like our lit­tle im­mune de­fend­ers, gut mi­croflora de­fends our body against com­pli­ca­tions.

The com­mon sense ap­proach in colonis­ing help­ful mi­croflora num­bers is to do it slowly. So, if you are not used to hav­ing fruit or veg­etable sal­ads, just have small por­tions and grad­u­ally in­crease in­take over sev­eral weeks or months if need be.

The same ap­plies with op­ti­mal yo­ghurt, start with a tea­spoon daily and in­crease serv­ings grad­u­ally.

Dys­bio­sis is a con­di­tion that comes about due to prob­lems with gut mi­croflora. If left unchecked, dys­bio­sis may give rise to headaches, ir­ri­tabil­ity, low­ered vi­tal­ity and bowel dis­or­ders. With­out a doubt this is a good enough rea­son to be eat­ing more whole­some sal­ads and yo­ghurt.

Some ways gut mi­croflora de­fend our body against com­pli­ca­tions are note­wor­thy.

They re­duce ca­pac­ity of mis­chievous micro­organ­isms grab­bing onto your gut wall, which forces those bad­dies out the bowel. Good mi­croflora also re­duce the bad­dies from colonis­ing in the gut.

An­tibi­otics pos­si­bly will trig­ger gut in­flam­ma­tion, how­ever if your gut mi­croflora is ad­e­quately colonised, gut in­flam­ma­tion is less likely.

In so do­ing these lit­tle work­ers just might be able to pre­vent di­ar­rhoea ef­fects of an­tibi­otics. An­other out­come is you may ex­pe­ri­ence re­duced in­fec­tions; the ben­e­fi­cial re­sult is per­haps not re­quir­ing an­tibi­otic drugs.

Fi­nally, a valu­able ac­tiv­ity of these mighty lit­tle work­ers is they help re­duce some nu­tri­ents into us­able form thereby aid­ing di­ges­tion of those nu­tri­ents.

As with all com­ple­men­tary medicine there are al­ways ben­e­fits and risks.

If you have long-stand­ing chronic fa­tigue, pro­bi­otic sup­ple­ments may not be ad­vised, par­tic­u­larly if you have low­ered im­mu­nity.

So, be care­ful about tak­ing pro­bi­otic sup­ple­ments, in fact it is safer for all con­sumers to seek sen­si­ble natur­o­pathic ad­vice.

“Our Waste Re­duc­tion and Re­cy­cling Plan 2016-2026 aims to raise aware­ness and in­crease re­cy­cling and re­cov­ery rates by about 4.5 per cent per an­num over the next decade, but we can only reach that tar­get through a whole-of-com­mu­nity ap­proach.”

This year Planet Ark is also launch­ing a new an­nual event known as Buy It Back Day on Satur­day, Novem­ber 18, which en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate

Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week through mind­ful pur­chas­ing by buy­ing some­thing sec­ond-hand or buy­ing a prod­uct made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

Shop­pers are in­vited to share their pur­chase on so­cial me­dia with a photo and hash­tags #BuyItBack and #Na­tion­alRe­cy­cling Week.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to http://www.liv­ing­stone.qld.gov.au/138/Waste Re­cy­cling.

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