The Importance of Gut Health

Over the past two decades, a number of studies have found links between gut health and the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions, and cancer. Many factors of modern life including high stress, high-sugar, processed foods and lack of sleep can damage gut health which then impacts other aspects of our health including the brain, immune system, skin, hormone levels, heart health and our bodies ability to absorb nutrients. That’s why is it important to fill your body with foods that will help improve gut health. Remember – food is your medicine!

 

Signs of bad gut health

1. Upset stomach
2. Inflammation due to a high-sugar diet
3. Weight changes
4. Sleep disturbance or fatigue
5. Autoimmune conditions
6. Food intolerances

 

How to maintain good gut health

 

Overall avoidance of processed foods and foods high in fat/refined sugar is extremely important. However, there are a number of foods that promote growth of beneficial bacteria and contribute to your overall gut health. A dietitian is a great source of information and advice on how to include more of these gut-enhancing foods:

1. High Fibre foods (legumes, beans, peas, oats, bananas, berries, asparagus, leeks, etc)
2. Garlic and onion
3. Fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, yoghurt, miso and kefir
4. Collagen-boosting foods

There are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to positively affect your gut health and your overall health as a result. For more information on lifestyle tips – book an appointment with our dietitian online now. Or if you are experiencing symptoms of what could be poor gut health, speak to one of our GPs online anytime of the day or night.

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