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 digestion1,2. 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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Probiotics and Prebiotics

Probiotics and Prebiotics

GI Disorders, Health
  Did you know that we have 100 trillion bacteria living in our gut?! While that may leave you feeling a little squeamish, don’t fear! These little guys are on our side, they play important roles in many metabolic, nutritional, physiological and immunological processes which keep us healthy. This includes acting as a barrier to prevent “bad” bacteria from invading and causing illness, and producing nutrients that we can’t make ourselves (vitamin K, B12, folic acid, short chain fatty acids). There is continual evidence which suggests incorporating prebiotics and probiotics into our diet is beneficial for keeping a healthy balance of “good” gut bacteria. So what are probiotics and prebiotics?   Probiotics Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria or yeast) found in certain foods, which when consumed in adequate amounts are…
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