Do you consider gut health important?
About a quarter of the population live with symptoms that reduce their quality of life. Common digestive symptoms include bloating, acid reflux, diarrhoea, constipation, and abdominal pain. Many people never visit the doctor so gut-related conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Coeliac Disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) go undiagnosed, mainly because people don’t think the doctor can help or they don’t want to talk about their digestive problems.
More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates stated that ‘All disease begins in the gut’ and he wasn’t far wrong. Poor digestive health influences much more than the gut causing conditions such as obesity, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia, inflammation, skin conditions, low immunity, a lack of energy, and fatigue and is linked to many diseases.
70-80% of your immune system is in the gut and not all of it is human. The gut microbiome is a colony of microbes that reside in your digestive system providing you with essential health benefits, one of which is regulating immunity. These trillions of microbes can profoundly affect your health so maintaining a balance of unhealthy and healthy microbes is critical. The primary way you can do that is through the food that you eat.
Are you having trouble managing your weight? Do you experience mood swings and suffer from anxiety? Are you always tired and lacking energy? The bacteria in your gut can affect all of these and guess what? The type of bacteria in your gut depends on your diet.
The way you eat, live and think are the most influential factors affecting the health of your gut, all of which are within your control. Here are some top tips to get your gut healthy:
- Eat a whole food diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Gut microbes thrive on a diverse range of plant fibres and particularly love fermented foods
- Avoid too much sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods. They spike blood sugar levels leading to insulin resistance and feed the bad bacteria in your gut
- The way you eat is as important as what you eat so slow down your eating, don’t eat on the go, chew thoroughly, and don’t eat too close to bedtime
- Reduce stress. Breathing practices are great for reducing stress and can also improve digestion, balance energy, and improve sleep
If you have any concerns with your stomach and issues with your bowels please seek medical attention first. If after a medical consultation you still have problems and would like to know more about managing your condition in a more natural way, please get in touch. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 15 and have been struggling with the debilitating symptoms of this disease for most of my life. I have gathered a lot of information and practised what I talk about for many years and am now able to manage the pain and discomfort on a regular basis.
I am planning to offer fermenting workshops locally from the end of September 2022 and am happy to offer readers a 10% discount on a workshop if they register their interest here: https://zcmp.eu/mRb
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I will be presenting at the Worthing Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 10th September. I am on stage at 11.25 and will be talking about gut health and demonstrating how to make sauerkraut, a fermented food.
You will learn more about gut health and how you can easily make sauerkraut, traditional probiotic food that is simple and inexpensive to make.