So, what’s all this talk about the gut and the gut microbiome? Well, your gut is at the very centre of your immune system and a healthy gut can help us fight off bacteria, viruses and fungi that make us feel bad.
You’ve probably also heard about the gut-brain connection – a lot. Most hormones and neurotransmitters are produced in your gut, so a healthy gut communicates with our brain for general health and wellbeing.
If you are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), bloating, tummy aches and pains, have diarrhea, constipation or have trouble with haemorrhoids, then you might need to think about visiting a practitioner and improving your gut health.
Natural medicine practitioners can also support people with more chronic gut issues such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
How can natural therapies help my gut health?
There are lots of things that can affect the gut, and the most obvious is your food intake, but your lifestyle and stress levels can influence it too. A natural medicine practitioner will assess you holistically to understand your symptoms and try and get to the cause of the problem. They may recommend dietary changes, herbal supplements, and lifestyle changes. You will likely visit with your practitioner regularly for advice and support until your symptoms subside. For more chronic issues, you may work with your practitioner over a longer period of time to help you balance your symptoms.
Feeding your gut bacteria in the right way
What do you need to feed your gut bacteria and improve your gut flora?
- At least 6 serves of veggies and 2-3 pieces of fruit daily! Why? The resistant starch as well as pectins found in these foods provides a good source of food for gut bacteria.
- Live cultured yoghurt – Vaalia and Activa have been tested and have verifiable claims.
- Spirulina, green tea and almonds have been shown to increase the levels of Lactobacilli.
- Fermented Foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and cabbage are another proven method to improve gut health and flora as well as providing other added benefits such as Ð reducing pesticide residue, helping metabolise hormones and reducing anti-nutrients while increasing the concentration of key nutrients such as niacin by up to 175%!