Tips for a Healthy GUT

We know Gut and Bowel function has a huge influence over the health of you and your family - so here are some more tips on how you can improve your digestion and boost your vitality: 

 Eat a Fibre–rich Whole-food Diet
Include in your meals a variety of beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables and fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir yoghurt - all of which provide a nourishing environment for healthy bacteria to thrive. Variety and the source of ingredients is key because our Gut Immunity requires a gentle push to be resilient and robust.
 Limit sugar, processed foods, animal fats and animal protein
Yup! I said it. Animal fats and protein takes extra time and enzyme activity to breakdown in the GUT - which is a problem for folk who have a sluggish metabolism. A junk-food-type environment in the GUT provides fuel and fodder for unhealthy bugs and microbes to thrive. Too many unhealthy bacteria in the colon leads to fermentation + inflammation = bloating. 
 Where possible avoid the un-necessary use of Antibiotics and Anti-Inflammatories
Although sometimes necessary, the [prolonged] use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories can disrupt the balance of our healthy gut flora by destroying the good bugs with the bad. Following the use of these medications with SWEEP and a good quality pro or prebiotic is a great way to restore optimal GUT function and support a speedy recovery.
*We recommend seeking professional guidance before altering ANY medication.
 Periodically take Probiotics, Prebiotics and eat foods rich in Living- Bacteria 
Science has proven it many times, a happy and healthy GUT micro-biome improves your digestive capacity and reduces the risk of inflammation, allergies and chronic illness. Don't make for a lazy GUT! Take pro-biotics periodically, and make sure your whole-food diet nourishes healthy bacteria naturally. 
Healthy Bowel Habits are just as important:
Take Longer on the Loo

We're always rushing, thinking 10 paces ahead of ourselves and struggle to sit patiently for 10 minutes to offload our own waste product. The coversation between the brain and bowel is delicate and requires some space and time. Relax....  

Sit | Stay | Wait for as long as your colon needs to stimulate effective motility. Most people are surprised to find that another 5 minutes (not straining) will deliver some great  results.

Sip don't Scull
Drink water through-out the day, not in one sitting. Increase your water intake during warmer weather and exercise, and drink up to 2.5L per day. 
*Drinking too little or too much water can be detrimental to your health - be sensible.

Melanie Lock ND BHSc