From birth, yes birth, the gut microbiome affects the body and continues to do so throughout our lives. It helps to control food being digested, our nervous system and immune health. Basically, it keeps our bodys in check and working as they should.
“You are what you eat” – More likely than not you have heard this phrase at one point or another. Well, to be honest, there is so much truth to that, it wasn’t just your mum and dad being annoying and trying to force veggies in – you mean they didn’t do that for no reason? Well no, they did it because the gut absorbs what you choose to put into it, it controls what nutrients you absorb from food. From it’s entrance to the gut, what we put in directly affects everything, think right from your skin, weight, energy production, hormone balance, toxin and waste elimination, right down to your MOOD.
If for nothing else in these trying times, your mental health is so important and deserves to be looked after. . That’s right, what you put in has a direct impact on your mood.
Think of yourself as a car and your gut like the petrol tank that makes the car go. If you put in a premium, it runs better, you get more mileage. Well, that goes for us as well. Fill yourself up with high quality nutrients and you will 100% feel the difference physically and mentally.
Breaking down, absorbing, working around the clock, our digestive system really is under-appreciated and misunderstood. The gut, or large intestine, is a true hero, housing populations of tiny organisms to keep us healthy. BILLIONS of microbiota, gut flora or gut bacteria call your gut home. Most of us have more than 1000 different species of bacteria.
It is imperative that we do not underestimate their importance – they are our protectors, influencing everything down to inflammation. There are some simple steps you can take to improve your gut health and thankfully we even have some delicious ‘gut-friendly’ breakfast options that you can add into your diet at quite literally the click of a button.
7 Steps for improving your gut health:
1. Stress Less
Stress less! Stress is so hard on your body and that includes your gut health. Meditation, walking, talking, decreasing caffeine intake and laughter therapy (LINK) are all little ways to help with this.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep, and don’t just sleep, but improve your quality of sleep. Getting at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night has HUGE benefits to your gut health – See our foods that help you sleep and when not to eat to learn more (SLEEPING AND FOOD BLOG)
3. Savour Your Food; Eat Slowly
Chew chew chew! Sounds simple, but just take a little extra time to help your gut out. It help to promote full digestion and therefore the full absorption of nutrients when it gets down there. Hey, it’s more energy and benefits for you, so savour each bite.
4. Hydration Is Key
HYDRATION NATION. Drink that distinctive clear liquid like there is no tomorrow. (WATER article?? OR LINK TO how much water should I have?
5. Common Food Intolerances
Symptoms such as cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, acid reflux and diarrhea are your body’s way of telling you that you might be suffering from a food intolerance. You can try a process of elimination, taking out common trigger foods such as gluten and dairy to see if the symptoms simmer down. Our products are great in that they are dairy free, gluten free and high in protein and are extremely unlikely to cause irritation to your body, but rather help it.
You may see an improvement in your body’s digestive function by simple diet changes.
6. Changes To Your Diet
Processed, high sugar and high fat foods being limited in your diet can help you tremendously in your efforts to improve gut health. Plenty of plant based foods and lean protein can positively impact your gut. A high fibre diet has been shown to work wonders for healthy gut micro biome. We have a delicious range of ‘gut-friendly’ treats and also have our wonderful Breakfast pots, to help you on your journey to gut health.