GOOD GUT HEALTH
Good gut health refers to the balance and harmony of the gut microbiome, the complex community of microorganisms residing in our digestive tract. A diverse and thriving microbiome promotes efficient digestion, nutrient absorption, and supports a robust immune system. Furthermore, it influences mental health, metabolism, and even our skin health. Achieving good gut health involves work through maintaining a balanced microbiome and ensuring it functions optimally.
SUPPORTING GUT HEALTH THROUGH DIET
Diet plays a vital role in nurturing gut health. Incorporating fibre-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes in their natural forms helps to promote a diverse microbiome. Many of these dietary fibres act as prebiotics, certain types of fibre that can help to feed the existing bacteria in the gut.
Fermented foods such as live yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and Nexba kombucha are rich in live bacteria that can contribute to the friendly microbial balance in the gut. Start gradually with some of your favourites and consume them regularly in your diet. I personally advocate swapping out your regular fizzy drinks or alcohol for a daily Nexba kombucha.
Aim to reduce your intake of ultra processed and sugary foods, often those that come with a long list of ingredients and in a package. These may negatively impact gut function and may promote the growth of non-commensal bacteria. Try to reach for foods in their most natural, whole food form whenever possible. Think fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade snacks and sugar free Nexba kombucha.
With summer in full swing, it’s also important to note that excessive alcohol consumption may negatively impact gut health by disrupting the balance of gut bacteria and increasing intestinal permeability. Aim for 4 alcohol free nights per week or consider alternatives such as kombucha. Drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day to support proper digestion and maintain healthy bowel movements is also key, aim to sip on 2 litres of filtered water daily.