Know Your Gut

Kombucha, Kefir and Sour Kraut are becoming increasingly popular amongst health fanatics and for all the right reasons. Did you know that your body is made up of more bacterial cells than actual human cells? Your microbiome plays a significant role in your health and wellbeing and science suggests that your gut health has a direct link to your mood and emotions. This is why anybody who knows anything about the role of the microbiome would tell you the importance of taking prebiotics and probiotics.

Your gut microbiome refers to any living organism found in your intestine. There are over 100 trillion different little organisms living in your gut, and these bad boys can be anything from probiotics to harmful bacteria. An imbalance of good and bad microbes in your gut can lead to weight gain, low immunity and many other diseases and has also proven to be a significant contributor to mental illness such as depression and anxiety.

Sign and Symptoms of bad gut bacteria:

  • Irritable bowel or upset stomach
  • Bad Breath
  • Unintentional weight changes
  • Difficulty digesting certain foods
  • Sleep deprivation or constant fatigue

How to keep a healthy gut microbiome:

  • Eat fermented foods
  • Eat probiotic-rich yoghurt or kefir
  • Drink lots of water
  • Take probiotics supplements if you can’t get this naturally in your diet
  • Make sure your diet is full of variety. Include plenty of legumes, beans, vegetables and fruit.
  • Chew and eat your meals slowly
  • Get enough sleep

 

Next time you’re feeling tired and bloated, go grab yourself a kombucha and be extra cautious of what you are eating. If you’re looking for some good healthy recipes that won’t leave you feeling sluggish, jump onto your Strong Body App or check out the nutrition section on our website.