If you suffer from bloating, abdominal pain, or reflux and flatulence or even fatigue, joint pain, headaches, or skin problems, it could be all to do with your gut. Here we look at why that might be so and how to improve gut health for improved wellness.
What’s Important About Natural Gut Health?
Good nutrition provides us with overall good health. It helps protect us from chronic illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease. What this means is that our wellness depends on healthy bacteria in our gut (your stomach flora or intestinal flora) to rid those digestive problems that hamper vitamin and nutrient absorption required to fuel our cells to carry out the work they need to do to keep us in top condition.
Having a Healthy Gut has Health Benefits
A healthy gut supports our immune system, protecting us from acute and chronic illnesses. It also supports our nervous system which makes us feel whole rather than feeling overwhelmed. Between the brain and out gut, there is this two-way connection that affects us, our mental health, not unlike the feedback loop with our senses and our brain that influences our stress levels.
The gut is our second brain because it contains trillions of neurons and it is where 90% of our feel good chemicals (serotonin) is manufactured.
How to increase good bacteria in gut naturally?
How to get healthy gut flora? Rather than artificial sweeteners and processed foods (which can be the worst foods for gut health), a healthy gut bacteria diet is one high in greens, fiber from fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, protein, and prebiotic and probiotic rich foods. This type of diet will improve gut health by supporting the good bacteria in the stomach and intestines.
You can take probiotic supplements to improve your gut microbiome. But eating fermented food is a better natural way to provide probiotics for gut health. And, number one of the fermented foods is yoghurt because it contains beneficial bacteria that survives digestion to enter and support the large intestine microbiome.
We know that metabolism is what greatly affects your weight gain or weight loss. It’s not so much about the calories you ingest but how your body metabolizes those calories and it starts with intestinal health, i.e. having good gut bacteria to improve digestion.
Supporting Information On Natural Gut Health
A study published in Food & Function in 2016 looking at gut bacteria health connection found a diet high in fruits and vegetables can stop the growth of certain disease causing bacteria.
As far as good bacteria in stomach, “the bacterium Christensenella minuta, a type of naturally-occurring bacteria in the stomach could fight off quick weight gain that usually leads to obesity” according to an article in ScienceTimes.
It’s a great idea to check out your diet and see what foods your are consuming to form a healthy gut microbiome.
Hi, this is Mary-Anne. I have a PhD in Earth Sciences and a whole heap of other life experiences. I am a believer in wellness through wildness. This is about connecting with the nature within and the nature around to keep fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit. I enjoy researching and writing about natural things that support our wellbeing and then sharing the benefits I discover.