Discover more about the gut and how to maintain good gut bacteria with this helpful Q&A.
What does the gut do?
At a basic level the gut processes the food we eat, absorbs the nutrients and eliminates waste and toxins. However, it does so much more than this as it is also home to trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi—collectively known as the gut microbiota.
Why is it important to maintain balanced gut bacteria?
The gut microbiota is a balance of good and bad bacteria, the balance between these are important for optimal health and to allow for some of the complex functions of the gut, it is as individual as a fingerprint. The gut is not only involved in digestion, it is also involved in creating vitamins and regulating immunity and even brain function.
What sort of foods can help our gut bacteria?
Good gut foods include artichokes, broccoli, bananas, blueberries, beans, onion, garlic, nuts & wholegrain foods. Eating these can help increase our good gut bacteria.
What lifestyle choices can we make to ensure a good balance of gut bacteria?
Some substances can kill our good gut bacteria which can lead to greater numbers of bad bacteria to grow. These substances include antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, sugar, artificial food colourings, high fat-low fibre foods, processed foods, fizzy drinks, unhealthy oils and pesticides. In fact, one course of antibiotics can disrupt your healthy gut flora for up to a year.
What digestive complaints are associated with an imbalance of gut bacteria?
When the natural balance is disrupted you may experience digestive discomfort, which can include bloating, wind, constipation and diarrhoea.
Does your gut bacteria change with age?
Yes, research has found the balance of gut bacteria can change with age naturally. You can increase your good gut bacteria with diet or if you are unable to do this you can use take a supplement such as Bimuno.
When should someone consider going to see the doctor with gut problems?
Anyone worried about their gut health should always seek advice from their doctor.
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