Researchers have known for a while that gut health is more important than ever before.
Inside your gut is your microbiome - an ecosystem comprising bacteria, microbes and fungus. In fact, the gut microbiome is so large some consider it to be another organ.
Recent research has linked poor gut health to conditions including anxiety, depression, diabetes and even bowel cancer. The balance of good and bad bacteria can be due to eating too much of the wrong food, overuse of antibiotics and stress are among the top reasons.
When you are stressed, hormones including cortisol, are released. Cortisol attacks and works against the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Your gut is intimately connected to your brain. If you have gut dysbiosis, your mental health can suffer, and can cause your emotions to be constantly in overdrive.
Decrease stress with yoga, walks, medication, as well as switching coffee (the most common destress hit) for green tea.
Research has shown (San Francisco State University) that the more active your are, the higher your levels of bacteria, referred to as firmucutes. "These metabolic by-products help strengthen the intestinal lining and help prevent leaky gut syndrome." says study co-author Ryan Durk.
Another study (University of Illinois) found that people who engage in 30-60 minutes of cardiovascular activity three times a week have higher levels of the microbes that produce butyrate - a short-chain fatty acid that helps promote a healthy intestine, decrease inflammation and generates energy.
Once gut bacteria feast on fibre, they produce butyrate. In the same way that we release carbon dioxide when we inhale oxygen, butyrate is a byproduct of well-fed gut bacteria. Eating fibre rich food, such as dark leafy greens, a major component of my 10 Day Belly Fat Blitz Challenge , feed the good bacteria as well strengthen the digestive system, restore metabolism, curb inflammation and more importantly, help with maintaining a healthy weight.
You may be eating plenty of probiotic foods from sources such as yoghurt and fermented foods and help to add beneficial flora to your gut, but it is prebiotics that actually help to stimulate the growth of good bacteria.
Prebiotic food sources include Jerusalem artichokes, lentils, nectarines, garlic, onions, bananas, apples and flaxseeds.
If you are struggling to lose weight addressing gut issues can be of major benefit for a successful outcome.
I have created a 10 Day Belly Blitz Challenge. You have read here that the latest research suggests that an unbalanced and unhealthy gut microbiome, caused by a poor diet and overuse of antibiotics can trigger inflammation which then promotes weight gain. Women often focus on kilojoules for weight loss, but the truth is, without a healthy gut, weight loss can be an uphill battle.
Taking care of your gut health doesn’t have to be hard work – small changes make a big difference. My 10-day challenge is designed to to support good gut health, as well as a calm mind, active body, healthy diet and a good balance of healthy gut bacteria. After the 10 days are up, I know that you’ll have found some new habits you’ll want to maintain.
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RN, ND, BHSc, Author & Speaker