With over a 100 trillion bacteria living inside your gut it is not surprising health begins within. From influencing immunity to metabolism, learning to love your gut is one step closer towards better health.
According to the World Health Organisation probiotics are “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host. Prebiotics are fibres that fuel the probiotics (e.g. the food for the bacteria). Both can be found in food and supplements.
Adding probiotics to your diet is going to be a good thing however there is not evidence that it will help you lose weight. Interestingly, the evidence does show that certain types of bacteria in the gut may influence how likely an individual is to lose or gain weight.
Gluten intolerance also known as non-immune medicated gluten sensitivity is a intolerance to gluten. The science community still don't know much about the cause of gluten intolerance.
Sugars is a term we often associated with white, brown or raw sugar. However sugars occur naturally too throughout a variety of fruit, vegetables, grains, cereals and dairy foods. These foods are good for our gut by providing us with nutrients and our bacteria with food. Some are completely indigestible by our digestive system and proceed to be fermented by our gut bacteria. Although this is a normal process, some people are super sensitive to the fermentation and this causes them to experience symptoms of IBS.
The main reason someone experiences constipation is due to not enough fluid, fibre or exercise. Trying moving more and increasing your fluid intake. Sometimes an increase in fibre from a low fibre diet can result in constipation so it is important to increase fibre slowly.
SIBO or small intestine bacterial overgrowth is a condition that results in bacteria living in the large intestine moving up into the small intestines. Symptoms are similar to IBS and include: fatigue, nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhoea, nutrient deficiencies, malnutrition. Treatment includes a combination of both antibiotics followed by nutrition support and probiotics.