Gut Bacteria and the Microbiome
What are Gut Bacteria and microbiome?
There are trillions of microorganisms including different types of bacteria that live alongside us in our gut, known as our gut microbiome. This community of microorganisms which reside naturally in our bodies gastrointestinal tract play a really important role in maintaining overall well-being from digestion and immunity two hormonal balance, mental health, controlling inflammation and much more.
Where are these bacteria located in the body and how do they affect well-being?
Our digestive systems are our first line of defence against harmful microbes and toxins entering into the body as well as being the place where we absorb the nutrients to keep us alive and functioning. If you consider that over 70% of your immune system is located in the gut, it comes as no surprise that a happy gut tends to lead to overall well-being and likewise, an unhappy gut could lead to a distressed body. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles, of processed foods and sedentary jobs are not doing our guts and therefore our digestive and immune system any favours.
How can we help our microbiome?
Take probiotics and eat fermented foods & Fibre
Fermented foods are a natural source of probiotics such as kefir, kimchi, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut and tempeh
Feed the good bacteria with prebiotic fibre
Probiotics feed on nondigestible carbohydrates called prebiotics. This process encourages beneficial bacteria to multiply in the gut. These foods include asparagus, chicory, garlic, onions, Jerusalem artichoke, dark green leafy veg and raw cacao.
Starve the bad bacteria by reducing sugar
Candida loves sugar and can often overwhelm the microbiome
Managing stress is important for many aspects of health, including gut health.
Work on your sleep
Sleep deprivation can negatively affect gut health. Read our article on sleep here!
Always speak to a practitioner or health care professional if you are undertaking a big change in your diet. Seek advice if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or any gut-related issues.