Part 2 Get That Healthy Gut Feeling

Get That Healthy Gut Feeling Part 1
March 28, 2018
Chewing
March 28, 2018

NOT ALL PROBIOTICS ARE THE SAME.

Our gut is home to a huge population of microbes.  When this perfect harmony between your microbes goes out of balance you may start to experience various symptoms. Such as:

  • Poor digestive function
  • Constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel, bloating, flatulence
  • Increase in allergies, intolerances, even eczema
  • Immune imbalance

 

This delicate balance of gut bacteria can change due to stress, illness, antibiotics, poor diet and alcohol.  A place that most people start to think about to enhance this function and ways to restore this balance is with Probiotics.  However, with such a selection which one do you pick?  When taking a probiotic supplement, it is important to choose the correct strain for the right condition.  Not all probiotics are created equal.  Scientific evidence has shown that particular strains exert different effects within the body, making them beneficial in helping with specific health concerns.  Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM) is a probiotic that helps to colonise the gut full of good bacteria, and helps to reduce the bad bacteria for healthy digestive balance.  Whereas, Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07), another probiotic strain, can be beneficial during and after antibiotics, and can relieve symptoms such as flatulence, diarrhoea and constipation.  For instance, what I prescribe to support a patient’s immune system is different for someone with a skin condition.

Probiotics have many health promoting effects.  They enhance your digestive system function and overall wellbeing, as well as regulating immune function.  All of these processes are highly dependent on the balance of beneficial bacteria throughout the digestive tract.

Good digestive health also relies upon enzymes to help breakdown and digest your food. Hydrochloric acid is a gastric enzyme in stomach acid, helping to break down food, and eliminate bad bacteria and microbes introduced to the digestive tract. Pancreatic enzymes are involved in the digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the stomach.

 

Here are 6 keys to healthy eating for optimal gut health:

  • Cut out refined, processed and fast foods. Restrict sugary foods, cakes, lollies, soft drinks, fruit juices, ice creams and pastries.
  • Limit starchy carbohydrates to two serves daily and include protein rich foods at every meal and snack.
  • Eat fresh and organic wholefoods as much as possible
  • Include healthy oils, nuts and seeds. Unless you have known allergies then of course avoid
  • Chew your food. Digestion begins in the mouth with chewing and the secretion of enzymes. Eating quickly increases the amount of air and the size of food swallowed.  This will lead to inadequate digestion and an increase in gas production.
  • Taking a high strength and specific probiotic for your health can help maintain the right balance in your digestive tract to help you function at your best.

 

There are many symptoms you may be experiencing that are related to poor digestive function.  These go beyond the classic symptoms of indigestion, reflux, wind, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea.  You may have eczema, PMS, heavy periods, a child with ADHD, autoimmune disorders, fatigue, migraines and the list goes on.  Supporting good gastrointestinal health is essential for wellness.

Is your gut preventing you from being your optimal self?  Are you taking the most appropriate probiotic formulation to help you achieve optimal health and vitality?  Speak to us at Feeling Healthy today about the many ways our Naturopaths can help you restore your gut function and make your digestive system its healthiest.

 

In good health

Rebecca Screen

Naturopath/Health Coach/That Sugar Ambassador

Rebecca has nearly 20 years naturopathic experience and you will go beyond nutrition to discover the many ways to best nourish your body to live your healthiest life possible. With personalised treatment specific for your wellbeing and the right combinations of nutritional and lifestyle improvements you will feel completely supported to reclaim your health.

Rebecca specialises in:

  • Fertility: unexplained infertility, lengthy time trying to conceive etc
  • Fatigue, anxiety and stress
  • Hormones: PMS, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, fibroids

 

To discover how Rebecca can help you, make an appointment with her at Feeling Healthy 69 Anderson Street Yarraville 9687 5333 or book online www.feelinghealthy.com.au