Good gut health is incredibly important to our overall health and well-being. Our gut processes everything we consume, so it’s vital it is working at optimal level. This will ensure we can absorb all the nutrients our body needs to function. The ‘good’ bacteria in our gut also helps with our immune system and mood so it’s definitely important to keep your microbiome in a happy balance. Unhappy gut signs can be a sluggish digestive system with symptoms such as bloating or constipation, reflux, diarrhoea, fatigue, lack of concentration and many more.
A good gut healing powder is my usual place to start if you are needing some extra love and support for your gut. Depending on the individual, a probiotic or digestive enzyme is sometimes called for. Foods that can enhance your gut health will support your microbiome and soothe the digestive system. This includes fermented foods such as yoghurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, kefir and kombucha. In addition, adding extra fibre is always beneficial and a large variety of fruit and vegetables will always keep your gut happy.
Your gut health can also influence your skin. Skin is the bodies largest organ so it is natural the condition of your skin reflects what is happening on the inside of our body. If you have poor gut health, you may also have some skin impurities too. There are a few things you can include to your gut protocol to enhance your skin health. I usually recommend nutrients such as Zinc, Silica and Vitamin C and recommend bumping up the individual’s daily protein. Collagen can also help with gut health and improving the condition of your hair, skin and nails.
If you would like any further information, please contact our Naturopath Sarah. Sarah is in-store Tuesday-Saturday. Book your appointment here or call 5479 2036..