Gut health and caring for your microflora
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.
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