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Go with your Gut – The Importance of Gut Health

Go with your Gut – The Importance of Gut Health

Go with your Gut – The Importance of Gut Health

Get to know your gut with Melbourne based sports nutritionist, triathlete, health blogger and cashew butter addict, Steph Lowe. Steph inspires us to make health a priority as she opens our eyes to the importance our gut has on our overall health.

Gut health is such a popular topic at the moment. And rightly so. Your ‘gut’ not only affects your immune system, but also your mood, mental focus, fat storage and vitamin synthesis. But how does our gut have such a huge impact on functions such as our mood and immunity?

The human gut is made up of a hugely diverse range of bacteria, and is home to over 100 trillion single-celled organisms. To put it in perspective, that is 10 times the amount of bacteria than all human cells in the whole body. The gastrointestinal tract, the system responsible for transporting and digesting food, ridding of waste and absorbing nutrients, comprises of more than 75% of our immune system and 95% of our serotonin receptors are located here. Now we understand why there’s no surprise that gut disorders are closely linked to anxiety, depression and mood defects.

There are a number of modern lifestyle factors that impact the ability to destroy your gut flora and damage the intestinal barrier, which we may not be aware of.

These include:
- Chronic stress
- Reoccurring infections
- Consumption of refined carbohydrates
- Diets high in processed foods
- Use of oral contraceptive pills and antibiotics

Good news is, there are plenty of natural ways we can reverse and help improve these effects.



Here are three delicious ways to get your gut back to good health:

1. Eat fermented vegetables

Fermented veggies are an awesome, easy and convenient source of good bacteria – and it won’t set your grocery shop budget back! Fermented foods in general contain billions of beneficial microbes, which drive out pathogens and therefore protect gut integrity. Fermented foods also pre-digest the food for us, leaving us with greater access to our food’s nutrients.

2. Embrace bone broth

Bone broth is not just a trend. It’s truly one of nature’s super foods. Not only is bone broth packed full of essential minerals like magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, it also provides us with the essential compounds that are vital for cell integrity and healing – collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline. While everyone can benefit from bone broth, it’s absolutely essential for those with leaky gut, coeliac disease or other autoimmune conditions. This mineral rich drink or stock is also one of the best ways to ensure your kitchen is wastage free!

3. Drink Kombucha

If you miss the fizz of the your favorite soft drink you might not have had for a while, then Kombucha is perfect for you! With only three ingredients – scoby (starter culture), sugar and tea – this probiotic beverage has a myriad of benefits, including improved digestion, fighting candida (harmful yeast in our gut) overgrowth, mental clarity and mood stability. Kombucha is also rich in a number of vitamins – especially our B vitamins – that are essential for the digestion and absorption of the foods we eat.

By Steph Lowe, The Natural Nutritionist

 

Steph has recently self-published a new book 'The Real Food Athlete' which contains over 75 wholesome, nutrient dense and delicious recipes perfect for those fit foodies. Purchase her book here.

Visit The Natural Nutritionist or book a consultation with Steph here

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