Did you know that the bacteria in your body outnumbers its cells 10 to 1? It’s true! Most of them live in your gut.
I am passionate about gut health. It just makes sense to me that the organisms in our bodies are there to keep us healthy and that a chronic imbalance would cause problems such as IBS, digestive issues and leaky gut. The difficulty seems to be knowing what to eat to achieve that optimal balance.
There are people who argue over the correlation between fermented foods and gut health. For me, there is no denying that I feel better from eating a diet full of fermented foodstuffs. In fact, I don’t go a single day without eating or drinking something fermented to keep my immune system boosted and energy levels up.
There is a flurry of research into the human microbiome – that is the bacteria that live inside your gut. The microbiome is believed to be involved in functions that are critical to your health and wellbeing.
Although research is still in its infancy, scientists are clear that gut bacteria is crucial for brain development, digestion and maintaining a healthy immune system. Research is focusing on the link between poor gut diversity and health conditions such as obesity, IBS, diabetes and autoimmune conditions.
It follows then that the wider the variety of ‘good’ bacteria in our gut the healthier we are.
What causes disruption or imbalance in the gut?
The microbiome is a highly sensitive organ which can be impacted by stress, a diet high in processed foods, alcohol, antibiotics, GMO foods, medications and more.
It is also thought that because of refrigeration and current agricultural practices such as monoculture farming, much of our food contains little to no probiotics.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain good bacteria that stock the gut with health-boosting microorganisms, crowding out the bad. Whilst supplements can be useful, there are claims that eating or drinking probiotic foods is a more effective way to colonise the gut. These include kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha.
Even better, fermented foods are extremely versatile, they taste amazing, are cheap to make and some of them even contain prebiotics - non-digestible foods that probiotics eat.
What a perfect combination!
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