Be kind to your gut

Improving your gut health can have benefits for your entire body leaving you feeling great

There are around 40 trillion bacteria in your body, most of which can be found in your intestines. Collectively they can have a huge impact on your overall health with studies showing poor gut health can lead to other skin irritation, sleep disturbance mental health and a poorer immune system. Thankfully, there are now a number of simple ways and readily available products to keep your gut healthy.

High in nutrients and probiotics, Kefir is considered a more powerful probiotic than yoghurt and can contain up to 61 strains of bacteria and yeasts, making it a rich and diverse probiotic source. Traditionally made using made using cow's milk or goat's milk by adding kefir grains, kefir is not only beneficial for digestion and gut health but also has potent anti-bacterial qualities and is can improve bone health and improve allergy symptoms. Be aware that if made incorrectly Kefir has the potential to make you ill. Incorrect temperatures, fermentation times, or unsterile equipment can cause the food to spoil, making it unsafe to eat.

Natural remedies
Studies have found following a diet high in fruits and vegetables prevents the growth of some disease-causing bacteria. Chicory, garlic and Jerusalem artichoke are all prebiotic-rich foods which are high in fibre and help improve gut health. Prebiotics and probiotics can alter the bacteria makeup in the gut microbiome and create the ideal environment for more good bacteria to flourish. Staying away from foods high in sugar is also crucial as they can contain an imbalance of gut microbes.

Lower stress
Too much stress or anxiety can cause your digestive system to go into overdrive which can trigger gastrointestinal issues such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Stress management tips include exercising regularly, sleeping well, and eating a healthy and varied diet.