Lets Get Gutsy- Gut Health 101


Posted on Tuesday, 1st Aug, 2017

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If you've seen an abundance of wellness posts on the gram, gushing over  'fermented foods' and shovelling in spoonful’s  of sauerkraut, and wondered what on earth the fuss is about, then let’s begin taking a look into gut health.


First things first; 

What is gut health and why is it so darn important?

Hippocrates once said that all disease starts in the gut, and it turns out he hit the nail on the head. There are 100 trillion bacteria in your body, and most of them are in your intestines. What you eat determines what kind of bacteria enters your gut, and that bacteria will have effects on your mental and physical wellbeing. Not just marginal effects, we are talking the bread and butter of your wellbeing- so much so that the gut is aptly labelled as the ‘second brain’. With over ¾ of our immune system residing in our digestive tract, impacting everything from skin conditions to general immunity, gut health should be an absolute priority in your day to day life.

So, where do I start?

Like I said earlier, there is a myriad of different ways to populate your body with good bacteria and people have been going to extremes with their fermented foods, but that is not necessary the holy grail.

1) Start with a good probiotic

I know it sounds obvious but at the absolute minimum you should be taking a high strength probiotic every single day. There are hundreds of brands on the market, so to determine whether it is worth investing in make sure you have a high CFU (central functioning units). These are listed on the front of the bottle and at a minimum the probiotic should have at least 25 billion CFU (a lot I know).

If you want to get technical with your investment, check out how many strains of bacteria there are. The more the merrier.

2) Froth the Broth

Bone broth is one of the easiest for gut health. The collagen in the bone broth heals your gut lining and reduces intestinal inflammation. You literally take the worlds cheapest cuts of meats- the ones with only a little meat on them, such as oxtail, short ribs and begin your brewing. You can check out a particularly nom recipe here : CLICK HERE

If you are severely time poor you can also get it delivered in the UAE. It tastes divine and it wont break the bank either. www.cleanlivingcompany.ae

3) Fermented Foods.

I could go on forever about fermented foods but the simplest and most cost effective would have to be sauerkraut.


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