HERE’S THE GUT NEWS ABOUT IN­TESTI­NAL HEALTH

Life & Style Weekend - - WELLBEING -

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

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