102 PALATE: FEEDING YOUR GUT BACTERIA RIGHT
Time to start learning how to feed your gut with the right food
The food that you consume has bacteria. Knowing the good bacteria for your gut helps determine how our bodies store fat
Are you feeding your gut right? It is common knowledge that our bodies are home to trillions of bacteria, and just our gut alone is home to 500 species and 1.4kg of bacteria. However, not many people know that the bacteria in our gut determine how obese or how lean we get with the combination of food we consume daily.
When we eat, what we’re really feeding are the trillions of bacteria that reside in our gut. These bacteria determine how our bodies store fat, the way we break down glucose in the blood, and how we respond to hormones that makes us feel hungry or full. So not only does feeding these bacteria affects our weight, it also affects our health and brain activity as well.
To start feeding your gut healthy, first you need to know your bad fats from the good fats.
According to Mark Hymen MD, the fats we eat are a huge influence to our gut bacteria. While it’s common knowledge that not all omega fats are good for our bodies, there are still a huge number of people who can’t tell the good omega from the bad.
It still surprises people when they find out vegetable oils are actually bad for our bodies. Fats such as soybean oil, canola oil, and other seed oils fall into the category of omega 6 fats, and research has shown that these fats are inflammatory. Over consumption of these inflammatory oils will eventually lead to various health problems such as heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer.
Omega 3 fat is the one that you want to consume more. While omega 6 is inflammatory, omega 3 does the complete opposite. Not only does it reduce inflammation, omega 3 also helps increase weight lost and helps promote healthier gut bugs.
So you see what we mean when we say feeding your gut the right food would help improve every aspect of your life?
KEEP YOUR GUT CLEAN
Have you ever heard of colon cleansing? It’s the process of removing non-specific toxins from the gut and the accumulation of faeces in our gut. It’s a practice that started thousands of years ago but until this day, there is still no clear medical proof of the health benefits after a session. But that didn’t stop us from going for a good cleanse once in a while and it definitely didn’t stop researchers from creating new forms of cleansing methods. One such example is Colonic Hydrotherapy, it pumps water into the gut to flush out all the unwanted elements that are stuck inside your gut. It’s a 45 minute therapy that can also include a few trips to the toilet!
If Colonic hydrotherapy is too awkward for you, opt for the traditional way of removing toxins with laxative supplements. Laxatives don’t have the same cleansing effects as hydrotherapy but still does the job of ridding your gut of aggravating food and unwanted toxins. Just remember to replenish the nutrients after your cleanse!