how healthy is your gut
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It has been said that all disease starts in the gut, and now scientific research is proving this right. It seems the bacteria (gut micro-biome), and the chemicals it produces, in your belly are more influential than you think.

Experts are now acknowledging the link between gut health and autoimmune diseases such as Hashimotes, irritable bowl disease, eczema, asthma, food sensitivities, depression, anxiety, type 1 diabetes and even cancer.

Our modern lifestyle contributes to the breakdown of good bacteria.
* Antibiotics and other medications like birth control.

* Processed foods high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods

* Diets low in fermentable fibres

* Alcohol

* Wheat, grains, dairy and industrial seed oils that cause leaky gut

* Stress

* Lack of exercise

Eating a diet that is high in probiotics can improve our gut health. Probiotics are live bacterias and yeasts and are good for your overall health and digestive health.

You will find probiotics in foods such as:
* Yoghurt

* Sauerkraut

* Kefir

* Kombucha

* Bone Broth

There are also foods that are prebiotic.  Prebiotic’s are a non-digestible fibre which stimulate bacteria in the large bowl.  Kind of  like fertiliser, they enhance and encourage the existing bacteria, helping it to flourish.  You will find prebiotics in foods such as:

* Chicory Root

* Jerusalem Artichoke

* Garlic

* Asparagus

* Onion

* Leek

* Banana


So, it is important to eat a balance of both prebiotics and probiotics for optimum gut health, and keep bacteria harming foods to a minimum.