The word Microbiome is becoming almost as fashionable in the health world as Fascia, but whilst we might talk about it or hear it, do we actually understand it?
The Microbiome is what experts have labelled the 100 billion bacterial cells found in the body. The highest concentration of his bacteria is found in the gut, and its understood that having a wide variety of gut bacteria is essential for health and wellbeing.
Due to the majority of the population having a poor and unimaginative diet (with too many refined sugars, processed foods and carbohydrates), it turns out most of us have depleted gut bacteria. If our gut doesn’t contain a wide enough variety of bacteria, and the right balance of good bacteria, this effects almost every aspect of us, including hormones, mood, cognitive function, physical performance and metabolism.
A healthy gut leads to a healthy brain, and an overall healthier body. If you want to reap some of the benefits of good gut health, and give yourself glowing skin, a belly that isn’t bloated, digestion that works properly, more energy, better sleep, better absorption of nutrients, and healthier bowel movements, then add some of these foods to your diet.
Prebiotics, containing fiber and encouraging fermentation, which healthy bacteria feeds from:
- Burdock root
- Cereal grains (whole wheat, barley, rye)
- Chicory root
- Greens (especially dandelion greens)
- Jerusalem artichoke
Probiotics, which are usually the ones you’ll hear about when discussing gut health. Many of these are fermented, providing a diverse range of bacteria, and plenty of fiber.
- Lacto-fermented beetroots
- Fermented soybeans like miso, natto, and tempeh
- Bone Broths
- Raw apple cider vinegar
It’s important to think about what you’re not putting in your gut, as well as what you are. Consider a period of time without alcohol, caffeine, refined sugars and processed foods. Start with one meal, one day, or one week, and see how you feel!