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Gut Health – by Tracey Wheeler

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Gut health is a big topic and deserves serious attention. We are currently experiencing a large growth in allergies and intolerances. Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut are on the rise. Our stomach is not just responsible for digesting food, it is also home to 70-80% of our immunity.

At the bottom of our stomachs live lots and lots of bacteria. Within these bacteria we have good ones and bad ones. They are both fed and whichever one is fed more will tend to dominate the health of your stomach.

So what is the difference?

The good bacteria is fed by whole foods, fibre and sour foods such as sauerkraut. Bad bacteria is fed by sugar and processed food. The key is to get the balance right but there are a few things that you can do to increase your good bacteria.

Kombucha/Kefir

Both are fermented drinks that are a living probiotic. These drinks have been around for hundreds of years and instantly encourage the growth of good bacteria. This drink is easy to make if you have a mother plant or can be bought at most health food stores.

Sauerkraut/fermented vegetables

Sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage but you can also ferment most vegetables including tomato, zucchini and capsicum. These can be added to a range of meals including salads, sandwiches or included on platters.

Fibre

Fibre is great for cleaning your system and assisting the good bacteria in your stomach. Lots of good fibre like oats, rye, fruit and vegetables are all beneficial for gut health.

Natural unsweetened yoghurt

Not everyone is able to process dairy but if you do eat it and it causes no reaction in your system, then it is another helpful way to get more probiotics into your system.


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