Key to a Healthy Gut
There are a few questions we get asked more often than others, in relation to our products. One of those questions is almost a statement “This is good for my digestion...... right?”
The answer is a simple “Yes……But”
THIS IS GOOD FOR MY DIGESTION RIGHT?
The reality is yes this is good for your digestion, but there is so much more. Kombucha and Water Kefir are packed with probiotics and these probiotics are great for your digestion, as are the Prebiotics we add into our Kombucha but the key word is Bacteria and Microbiomes.
These GUT Microbiomes are key to a healthier life and a Happier Life. They are key to feeling more comfortable in your body and the studies relating to Twins and their microbiome structure differentiation explaining even their body size is quite fascinating.
A lot of the research is now being collaborated and distributed across main stream media and that is raising a fantastic awareness to the importance of microbiomes and how we should be adjusting our diet to populate this.
WHAT ARE MICROBIOMES?
Humans are colonised by a vast array of microbes living in and on our bodies including bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses. The collective genomes of these resident microorganisms is known as the human microbiome. The interactions between these microbes and their human host plays a crucial role in the health of the individual.
SO WHAT ARE MICROBIOMES AND WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL?
There are roughly 40 trillion bacterial cells in your body and only 30 trillion human cells. That means you are more bacteria than human.
The gut microbiome refers to all of the microbes in your intestines, which act as another organ that's crucial for your health.
The Gut Microbime does more than digestion:
- It Boosts your immune system
( >80% of your immune system is in your digestive tract).
- Helps control brain health(source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24997031);
- May help maintain healthy weight;
- Can help lower blood sugar (source:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25662751)
HOW DO I POPULATE MICROBIOMES?
So firstly, we are looking at diversity here. Just like taking copious Vitamin C will not really help the Vitamins that your body needs, consuming one product connected to this will not be the solution. Yes, Kombucha is great for this, but you should be consuming other fermented products like Kefir, Sauerkraut, Kimchi and more.
But it doesn’t stop there, we need to be consuming Fresh vegetables (Beets, Carrots and Kale are some of my favourites), Whole pieces of fruit, Herbs and spices (like Turmeric and Ginger), Wild caught fish and grass fed animals, Healthy Fats, Ancient Grains and Red Wine and Chocolate. Can I get an Amen? Red Wine and Chocolate made the list.
Now we have to avoid Refined Oils and Carbs, Pasteurized Dairy (Please buy the full fat – I have another blog coming later on this), avoid conventional meat, poultry and eggs, added sugars and trans fats.
In regards to the Meats. There are some really interesting studies coming out in relation to reducing the quantity of meats that are being consumed. I have to confess to being a bit of a Meagan – I like Meat, but I like the Vegan diet as well. The issue I have with Meat is more of the destruction of bacteria in the meats and that is what is causing such disruptions in our diet.
But whatever your previous preference for food, now is the time to start changing your diet. Even if you are just trying to maintain or lose weight, or perhaps mentally you are struggling a little and are just not as happy as you used to be as a child?
Have you heard the phrases “sick with fear”, butterflies in my tummy”? The gut is sensitive to emotion – anger, anxiety, sadness, elation – many feelings can trigger symptoms in the gut. Scientists now realise that the gut microbes can influence brain function and behaviour. This is possible due to the brain-gut-microbiome axis, a three-way communication system between the brain, the gut and its resident microorganisms. Controlling this dialogue is important in many stress-related disorders such as depression and it has even been shown in animal studies that the prominent features of depression can be transferred via a gut microbiota transplant. This suggests that it might be possible to therapeutically target the gut microbiome to improve mental health.
So if you long for weight loss, less sickness, less stress, less mental strains and perhaps the chance to sleep like a baby? Then now is the time to start populating your Microbiome.