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40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at one time !

Poor gut health affects so many of us, however, it’s a really complicated topic, with very little in the way of ‘black and white’ advice. The NHS says that around 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time –quite a substantial statistic. However often digestive disorders go undiagnosed as we are only just beginning to understand the importance of ‘the gut’ (which scientists are now calling our second brain). To further complicate things many common symptoms occur in a wide range of digestive disorders – while some are relatively harmless, such as bloating, others can be more sinister like inflammatory bowel disease.

top tips for better gut health

Better Gut Health Advice:

However, for me, I’m not an expert or a specialist in gut health, and so can’t offer more than the basics when it comes to advice around digestive health. This is especially true if someone thinks they may have a medical condition (for example IBS or coeliac disease), or that they need to go on a specialist diet such as low FODMAP or dairy/gluten free diets. It’s so important that you get advice from someone qualified (such as a Dietitian) to talk about this and also that you get tested for intolerances and allergies at a hospital or with a GP before self-diagnosing.

Top tips for better gut health

 

Bacteria in your gut might sound like a bad thing, but your gut actually uses bacteria to process food into energy.We call these helpful bacteria probiotics. Most people have heard the term in yogurt ads, but that’s about it. What are probiotics and what do they mean to your body?

 

It all starts in your gut, the system in your body responsible for digestion. Proper digestion is essential to your health and probiotics are essential to your gut. When bacteria are out of balance, it can cause problems such as:

 

  • Gas?
  • Bloating?
  • Diarrhea?
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain and cramping?
  • Autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and diabetes
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • B12 deficiency

If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to get your gut health back on track. Here are five awesome tips for promoting your gut health and well-being.

Take a Quality Probiotic

In 1907, Nobel Laureate, Elie Metchnikoff introduced the concept of probiotics. He published a groundbreaking study that linked longevity with consuming fermented milk that contained Lactobacilli, a bacterial strain that produces lactic acid and helps maintain healthy intestinal microflora.Today, probiotics supplements are available at health food, grocery, and online stores. When choosing a probiotic, look for these qualities:

  • Probiotic supplements should contain 5 to 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units).
  • Encapsulated pills are better than liquids because they help the bacteria survive the acidic stomach environment.
  • Multiple strains of bacteria (different strains offer different benefits — some help with digestion of fiber, some help with vitamin absorption, some help promote bowel regularity).

Floratrex™ is the probiotic I recommend. It’s a blend of billions of live and active cultures from 23 probiotic strains and contains prebiotics for extra support.

 Avoid Overuse of Antibiotics

Antibiotics kill bacteria. Although that includes the bad bacteria that can make you sick, it also includes the good bacteria your body needs. This disruption of intestinal harmony can cause a lack of diversity among bacteria that’s sure to affect your health.

Incorporate Fermented Foods Into Your Diet

Fermented foods can introduce good bacteria to your gut but know that it’s better to make your own. Store-bought options are usually pasteurized, which kills good bacteria. Some of the best fermented foods for promoting gut health include:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Kimchi
  • Soy Sauce
  • Tempeh
  • Fermented Tofu
  • Kombucha

4. Eat Less Refined Sugar

Among the many problems caused by refined sugar (inflammation, weight gain, hormonal imbalance…), it also promotes the growth of bad bacteria and upsets gut flora balance.

Lower Your Stress Levels

Much like the spinal cord, neurons cover your intestinal wall where they send information throughout your body. The existence of the brain/gut connection makes it clear that stress can be linked to gut health.When stressed, your brain sends messages to your gut in the form of chemicals. These chemicals affect how well your gut works.

Tactics to Reduce Stress and Support Gut Health

 

 Meditation

It’s amazing how much better you can feel about things if you just take some time to stop, breathe, and concentrate. If you need to use a mantra, go for it!

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy harnesses the power of plant-sourced essential oils. Many people attest that this ancient, traditional practice helps them manage stress.

 Exercise

Physical activity affects stress and mood.If you’re feeling stressed, being active can help you overcome it!

Diet

What you eat can have a significant impact on your gut health. Stress-relieving foods can help.