HERE’S THE GUT NEWS ABOUT INTESTINAL HEALTH
They say you are what you eat and we all know eating poorly makes us feel sluggish and bloated.
Our diet influences a lot in our lives, from energy and weight to general wellbeing.
WHAT FOODS SHOULD I EAT TO GET A HEALTHY GUT?
The health of our gut is so important it is considered an acquired organ.
It helps the body digest and extract nutrients from food, particularly anything the small intestine may not have been able to digest.
It aids the immune system by acting as a barrier to any potential viruses.
Balanced gut bacteria is essential for efficient and healthy digesting.
Some key foods to maintain a healthy gut as recommended by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are: jerusalem artichokes, bananas, polenta, broccoli, cauliflower, kale etc, blueberries, beans, as well as fermented plant-based foods such as tempeh and miso.
WHAT IS GUT FLORA?
Gut flora, also known as gut microbiota, or gastrointestinal microbiota, are the community of micro-organisms which live inside our digestive tract. Gut flora is established around one to two years after birth, and changes in response to our diet.
Gut Microbiota for Health explains: “Our gut microbiota contains tens of trillions of micro-organisms, including at least 1000 different species of known bacteria with more than 3 million genes (150 times more than human genes).”
In total microbiota can weigh up to a staggering 2kg, and two-thirds are unique to each individual.
HOW IS GUT BACTERIA LINKED TO WEIGHT LOSS?
Many people who are trying to lose weight will know it’s a struggle sometimes. But your gut bacteria could play a key role in your weight.
Healthline explains: “Your gut bacteria can also affect how different foods are digested and produce chemicals that help make you feel full. As a result, they can affect your weight.”
Your gut bacteria ultimately breaks down, digests and absorbs nutrients from the food you eat. – The Sun