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Your health starts in the gut

September 4, 2018

 

Your digestive system is a gateway to your well-being or, if not treated with the care it deserves, it can lead to countless visits at your GP practice. It is the interface between the inside and outside world, which is only one cell thick! It houses about 70% of your immunity and is also involved in the production of neurotransmitters such a serotonin.

 

Processed foods, food additives & preservatives, GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, high levels of stress, high consumption of alcohol, caffeine and antibiotics are some of the most common offenders of this important and delicate system.

 

It is also a home to a very important ecosystem – the microbiome, which houses many different species of microflora and its fine balance has far reaching consequences. The health of your microbiome is determined at birth. Everybody’s microbiome is as unique as a finger print.

 

You are more bacteria than you are human with 10 trillion human cells outnumbered by over 100 trillion bacteria cells in and on your body. Hence, it pays off paying close attention to your microbiome.

 

What can we do to keep our microbiome healthy? The gut flora residing in our digestive system like prebiotics (e.g. Jerusalem artichokes, chicory, garlic, onion, leek, shallots, spring onion, asparagus, beetroot, fennel bulb) and probiotics (e.g. natural yoghurt, unpasteurized sauerkraut, kimchee, tempeh, natto, miso, kefir). So, ensure that you include ample amounts of these in your diet daily and avoid the abovementioned offenders of the digestive system as much as you can.

 

In health,

 

Jana of Vibrant You. Ltd.

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