All Things Gut Related

gut flora         probiotics         intestines         friendly bacteria     

brush border          acidophilus         fermented foods

dysbiosis         candida         bacterial overgrowth       antibiotics

 

Have you heard of any of these terms? All of them relate to your gut flora in one way or another. The following information will let you know all about why it is important for you to know about these topics. And if you still have questions, please let me know… it’s one of my favourite things to talk about!  

The “gut” refers to the entire gastrointestinal tract- meaning all the way from your mouth to your anus. However, many people specifically talk about the intestines when speaking of the gut- as this is where most of the flora/bacteria is located.

 

“Friendly bacteria” perform a whole host of important roles in the human gut such as:

  • Synthesizing B vitamins

  • Making vitamin K (essential for blood clotting)
  • Increase movement of food through the digestive tract
  • Add bulk to stools
  • Synthesize chemicals to help heal linings of the intestines
  • Keep unhealthy bacteria in check
  • Help with immune function
  • Ferment unused energy by-products
  • House neurotransmitters (like serotonin for your brain)

 

When the gut flora is imbalanced there are numerous ways in which your body might be affected (and new research keeps finding more connections):

  • Chronic bowel conditions
  • Allergies
  • Mental health issues
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Acne/skin conditions
  • Weight gain
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiencies

 

How you can help to improve your gut flora:

  • Take a daily probiotic (message me for details on what one would be best for you)
  • Only take antibiotics when absolutely essential
  • Increase fermented foods in diet (tempeh, sauerkraut, naturally pickled things, kombucha, kefir, yogurt, miso, etc.)
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and processed foods
  • Have consistent sleep patterns
  • Eat more plant based foods
  • Be aware of your meat sources (are the animals you are eating given antibiotics?)
  • Don’t be afraid to spend time in the dirt! Soil has very good bacteria – try growing your own food!

The value of a healthy gut flora really cannot be over emphasized! When your gut is healthy your body is so much more capable of handling whatever is thrown its way.

 

 
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