Welcome to step 4...Optimise gut health
You may have heard a lot about gut health over the years, and it would have been hard for you to miss the explosion of "gut health" supplements; the food manufacturing industry has also jumped on the bandwagon promoting new products all aimed at improving gut health and supporting the microbiome. We are all being led to believe that these products will protect us from disease and prevent autoimmune conditions however this could not be further from the truth.
Including probiotics, prebiotics, increasing fibre, are all things we are told to do to support gut health but in many people especially those with chronic health conditions these interventions make things a whole lot worse. The gut is intimately linked to this immunes system and the health of the gut determine how well we are able to keep latent viruses and other pathogens in their dormant state.
You have not been told the truth about gut health
GUT HEALTH IS A MASSIVE SUBJECT AND ONE THAT CANNOT BE COVERED IN DEPTH HERE... however interactions between gut and the immune system can play key roles in maintaining health, protecting against pathogens and controlling inflammation.
The microbiome is a community of microorganisms, which include bacteria, fungi, and viruses. In humans these microorganisms live in or on the human body. Collectively there are trillions of microbes that make up the human microbiome and they all live together in harmony. There are different microbiomes found on the skin, throughout the digestive tract, the nasal passages, kidney, urinary system, lungs and the vagina. The gut microbiome has been subject to much research over the years, however although there is plenty of research entering the science stage on probiotics they have not resolved people issues, in fact the paradigm of "all disease starts in the gut" is wholly misleading.
That is not to say that the gut is not an important organ to support and a proper functioning digestive tract remains in important consideration when targeting optimum health. Growing research is showing that certain pathogenic bacteria from the mouth can have an impact on other organs and tissues throughout the body. Oral hygiene is of upmost importance in helping to maintain gut health overall. It is also important to be mindful of the way that you eat, for instance eating too quickly, can lead to incomplete digestion and further problems lower down in the digestive tract.. The types of foods that you eat and the drinks that you consume can all have an impact on gut health. STRESS is also a major disruptor to the digestive process, interfering with stomach acid, bile and digestive enzyme production.
To help support your gut health REMEMBER THIS - Your digestion functions better when you are in a relaxed state
Always sit down at a table to eat and practice becoming mindful over the food you are about to eat. Look at the food and smell the flavours, this helps to prepare the stomach, pancreas and gallbladder to produce and secrete gastric juices to facilitate the breakdown of your food
Chew your food well: Aim to take time to eat meals and chew properly, food should be liquefied before swallowing. This stimulates stomach acid, bile and digestive enzyme release
Drinking at the same time as eating can dilute gastric secretions and inhibit the digestive process: Aim to mostly drink around your meals not with your meals
"EATING WHILE STRESSED LEADS TO A STRESSED DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. WE HAVE MORE GUIDES ON DIGESTION ON THE IMMUNE HUB AND FACEBOOK GROUP SO PLEASE CHECK OUT THESE RESOURCES - THEY ARE ALL FREE"
Note on supplements...There are many different supplement products available on the market promising to "improve your digestive health". Due to your unique health profile it is important to get proper advice on supplementation. For people with symptomatic digestive issues it is always advisable to visit your GP to discuss any concerns and order relevant testing.
For more personalised nutrition and supplement support for your digestive health contact me to see if I can help