We’re got a good gut feeling about this!
The gut is said to be the ‘second’ brain of the body, as it has an effect on not just digestive issues but also aspects like mental health, immune response and hormone regulation. The health of your gastrointestinal system (i.e. your gut) is in fact largely responsible for your overall well-being.
Our gut consists of ‘gut microbiota’ i.e. the gut microbiome or the micro-organisms that live in our intestines. Every human being on an average has about 300 to 500 varieties of bacteria living in the digestive tract. Out of these, some are termed as good bacteria for they are beneficial and necessary for a healthy body, while others are harmful for our body. One needs a right balance of the two in the digestive tract to stay healthy. Today’s modern lifestyle and diet has caused tangible damage to our gut microbiome. A wrong internal mix causes numerous problems including obesity, improper digestion, poor immunity, skin problems and hormone imbalances to name a few. These in turn, if not taken proper care of, may lead to other serious issues.
The gut is said to be healthy when there are no signs of bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. A healthy gut leads to better mood and energy levels, whereas an unhealthy gut will cause fatigue, poor mood and a foggy head.
Probiotics and prebiotics are widely used terms these days. Probiotics are the good gut bacteria and prebiotics are foods for these bacteria. You can load up on both by eating the right foods. Probiotics are mostly found in fermented foods and prebiotics are found in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. To increase the prebiotics quantity, fiber consumption needs to be high.
If you have an unhealthy gut, don’t worry – it can be set right. With a bit of planning and time, it is entirely possible to restore the full health of your gastrointestinal system and have major positive effects on your entire mind and body. To achieve this, nothing is more important than your food and drink intake. Every time you consume something, you are feeding the bacteria in your gut. Thus, a proper balance of vegetables, greens, healthy fats and probiotics & prebiotic foods can help to drastically improve gut health.
Team Foodstree has curated a list of products that promote good gut health:
- Flax Seeds – great source of soluble fibre
- Apple Cider Vinegar – excellent probiotic that can be taken daily
- Dark Chocolate – is a prebiotic that promotes good gut bacteria
- Spirulina Powder – helps stimulate the growth and reproduction of beneficial bacteria
- Organic Salt – replace processed salt from your diet as too much may kill good bacteria
- Oat Bran – a very healthy grain with prebiotic benefits