The Importance of Gut Health
A much discussed topic and one that we are very passionate about, is Gut Health. As we eat food, our gut absorbs all the nutrients needed to support a healthy body and ensures healthy functioning of our inner workings. A healthy gut is integral to overall health and plays a part in our metabolism, immune system function and even our mood.
We caught up with some of our experts in this field and chatted to Nicola, from Kraut and Krunch. She explains that we are 10% human and 90% bacteria. Our health is determined, not by us, but by a colony of 100 trillion microbes. These microbes have a profound effect on our health. They determine our mood, metabolism, immunity, and even our perception of the world and clarity of thoughts. Everything about our health – physical, mental and emotional – hinges on the state of our microbiome.
Maintaining optimal levels of this bacterial biodiversity is key to robust gut health. – Nicola, Kraut and Krunch.
What is our Microbiota
What’s been formerly known as Gut Flora, our microbiota is the microbe population living in our intestine in a symbiotic relationship, that contains tens of trillions of microorganisms (commensal bacteria, viruses, fungus and single-celled organisms such as archaea and protists). Two-thirds of our microbiota are specific to each person, it’s like your unique fingerprint.
Why is a Healthy Gut Important?
Our entire immune system is situated in the gut. If our gut is out of balance, we will experience inflammation, infections, disease, allergies and even depression. The gut is responsible for manufacturing over 90% of the serotonin, that makes us feel happy. Today’s nutritionless food causes fat starving in people with non-existent immune systems and lots of inflammation. By adding fermented foods to our diet we are able to replace and repair our gut, explains Bronwen del Paggio from NUMESA Kefir.
Our gut has a huge influence on our neurological wellbeing and often children with behaviour and learning issues, actually have gut issues. – Bronwen from Numesa Kefir
Poor Gut Health causes the following imbalances in our bodies:
- Intestinal and Digestive disorders including inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and celiac disease
- The functionality of our Immune System – beneficial bacteria in your digestive system have the capability of affecting your body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, digestion, vitamin production, immune response, and ability to eliminate toxins. Without a strong barrier in place, toxins from your feces can be reabsorbed, placing an additional burden on your immune system. This is often referred to as leaky gut syndrome.
- Depression, Anxiety and Moodiness: gut bacteria act on the brain in a number of ways, according to studies, to benefit those dealing with stress, anxiety, or mood issues. It’s hard to believe that by altering the bacteria in your gut, you can better handle stress, improve your mood, and even treat your anxiety or depression.
Symptoms of an Unhealthy Gut
- Bloating, Gas or Diarrhea
- Sensitivity and Allergies to certain foods like gluten or dairy
- Autoimmune disease and suppressed immune system
- Skin problems
- Sugar Cravings – the bacteria try to get us to eat foods that they thrive on. So, if you eat a lot of sugar you feed the unhelpful bacteria that love it and they secrete the proteins to make you crave sugar more.
- Bad Breath
- Depression and Anxiety
- Stool quality and self inspection are critical. You should not be runny or hard and lumpy. Soft serve texture is optimum. These are all telltale signs of poor gut health.
“There are many ways to finding the Triggers, if you are tired of relying on drugs just to make it through the day to solve Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Constipation, Diarrhoea or just feel uncomfortable in your body. Find the underlying root cause and start healing from within, reduce pain and discomfort. The body has the substrate to heal. Our Microbiome (Gut Flora) Is as unique as our fingerprint. Superfoods and Nutrients work with 100’s of receptors in our body – we need Functional Nutritional Medicine to balance our systems. All our hormones communicate with each other and the rest of the body.” – Dr. Gut – Shayin Rawjee.
On the road to a Healthy Gut
To maintain and heal your gut, nothing is more important than the food on your fork.
“There is a reason why Gut Health and Fermented Foods have gained such a hype over the last few months and I truly believe it is down to the fact that our guts control 80% of our immune system and people are only realising that now. All the processed foods and beverages we consume on a daily basis, affects the essential bacteria within and seriously jeopardizes our microbiome. Luckily through the consumption of Probiotic rich foods such as our Che Gourmet range of Kimchi and Krauts – we replenish our gut with the essential live bacteria which maintains the functioning of gut health” – Che Upton from Che Gourmet.
We can highly recommend our amazing range of Fermented Foods, available in our markets.
Include these products in your diet to maintain, heal and replenish your gut flora with good bacteria, as fermented foods contains live bacteria that are absorbed instantly into our bloodstream. These bacteria soldiers build up a happy gut and once your gut has been healed it allows your body to heal.
“Diet has been linked as the main factor influencing the health & balance of our inner ecosystem. Eating nutrient dense, fiber rich, minimally processed foods such as leafy greens, fibrous veggies, fruit and legumes fortifies, fuels and strengthens our good gut bugs. Incorporating unpasteurised fermented foods teeming with living cultures of bio-diverse beneficial microbes such as kraut, kimchi, kvass, tempeh and kombucha replenishes and resupply our good gut bugs thus contributing significantly to our health.” Tanya Walford – Gud For You Fermented Foods.
Foods that promote Gut Health
- Bone Broth.
- Collagen, we can highly recommend Sally Ann Creed’s range of hydrolised collagen, be sure to check out her page for loads of gut health information.
- Liquid probiotics, we recommend this liquid probiotics by Lindros.
- Grass Fed Meats.
- Coconut Oil.
- Wild, fatty fish.
- Steamed vegetables.
- Oakland’s Whey Fire Tonic and Beet Kvass
- Fermented vegetables (kimchi, sauerkraut, carrots, green beans, beets, lacto-fermented pickles, traditional cured Greek olives.)
- Fermented soybeans (miso, natto, tempeh.)
- Cultured dairy products (buttermilk, yogurt, kefir, cheese.)
- Cultured non-dairy products (yogurts and kefirs made from organic soy, coconut, etc.)
- Fermented grains and beans (lacto-fermented lentils, chickpea, miso, etc.)
- Fermented beverages (kefirs and kombuchas.)
- Fermented condiments (raw apple cider vinegar.)
Never before has the phrase “You are what you eat” been more appropriate. Our gut is responsible for putting our health in good order. Get on the road to recovery with our amazing nutrient dense foods, and let us help you live your best life.
“By rebooting my gut with the products listed – my energy, vitality and mental alertness were amplified by over 30%” – Gary Jackson.