Nature’s Hitchhikers

Nature’s Hitchhikers

Health
You could call them passive freeloaders; hitchhikers even. Roaming the avenues of our gut, residing in the dark alleyways of our intestine, and fuelling off the crumbs left by fellow tourists. And, just like hitchhikers, these little guys get it all for free. ZILTCH. NADA. A big fat ZERO. But, unlike hitchhikers, these little fellas don’t just come along for the ride; they give more than they take. In fact, without them we as a human race would be virtually non-existent. ZILTCH. NADA. A big fat ZERO. Although their names extend far beyond the complexity of a German freeloader or a Swedish couch surfer, the microbes within the microbiome live in a land far beyond what any hitchhiker has the time (or the bodily dimensions) to explore. Yep. The microbiome…
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Gut-Friendly Foods

Gut-Friendly Foods

GI Disorders
Your gut is home to an entire ecosystem of gut microbiota (bacteria), which has a holistic influence on your health. There are tens of trillions of microorganisms (consisting of at least 1000 different species of known bacteria) that are responsible for helping our digestive systems break down food, filter toxins, absorb vitamins, support the immune system, and balance hormone levels that affect our moods. As a home doctor I always advise patients to look after their children’s and their own gut health, because so many elements of life can throw gut bacteria out of balance. In most cases you can keep your gut happy and healthy by eating a diet high in probiotic bacteria and prebiotic carbohydrates, as these promote the growth and activity of good bacteria. Together, probiotics and…
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Prebiotics and Probiotics: what’s the difference?

Prebiotics and Probiotics: what’s the difference?

Health
You have probably heard the terms ‘prebiotics’ and ‘probiotics’ thrown around but what actually are they and what is the difference between the two? What is the difference between the two? Probiotics are live microorganisms found in bacteria, yeast or fungi, and when taken in large doses they can help improve and maintain the health of your gastrointestinal tract, as well as helping to aid digestion. In order for the good bacteria to survive in our bowels, we need to feed them with prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that allow for good bacteria to stick to the bowel wall, whilst helping to stimulate their growth2. Probiotic = live microorganisms Prebiotic = non-digestible fibres How do they affect our health? Gut health is becoming more and more pivotal in the world…
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