Gut Health : Probiotics

One of the most important thing you can do for your health is too improve the quality of your gut health.  I encourage everyone I meet to get this part of their body functioning correctly.  Most people are not even aware of the impact their diet is having on their gut until it is working right!   Our gut health is incredibly important as around 60-80% of our immune system is actually found in our gut and 90% of our neurotransmitters are produced there!

Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for our health.  They are often called “good” bacteria because they help keep our gut healthy. 

However there are also bad bacteria (and this is the stuff we commonly hear about!) and when there is an imbalance with our friendly gut bacteria there are going to be problems within both our gastrointestinal and immune system. When someone has an imbalance in their gut bacteria they may be more likely to suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, brain fog, colds, aches, pains, depression, eczema, rosacea, chronic fatigue, bloating, stomach pain, hormonal imbalances and auto immune conditions.

Common causes of imbalances can be antibiotic use, food intolerances, caffeine, sugar, alcohol, stress and pesticides.  However by limiting these inflammatories and by increasing the good bacteria you can achieve the right balance again.  Foods that contain probiotics are yoghurt, fermented vegetables such as saurkaurt or kimchi, kombucha, kefir.

For more help contact Larissa – larissa@nutritionbydesign.co.nz

Larissa

Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist

 

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