Well its Spring time, the plants are shooting up, there is new growth everywhere, more light, warmth and generally everything is emerging from winter hibernation.
Now is the perfect time for an internal spring clean, and not January as we are lead to believe by the media. Our digestive system is key to helping maintain health, absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins and waste products from our bodies. It’s all well and good to detoxify, which is in fashion at the moment, but if you don’t eliminate the toxins from your body it’s not very effective or beneficial to detoxify.
A good, healthy and regular digestive system is key to a healthy body and mind. You may or may not know that there are bacteria that live in our intestines that play a very important role in our digestive capabilities, detoxification and elimination of waste from our bodies. Here are a few facts that you might not know about the little friends that live in our intestines:
- The composition of gut microbiota is unique to each individual, just like our fingerprints.
- Our gut microbiota contains tens of trillions of bacteria – ten times more cells than in our body.
- There are more than 3 millions microbial genes in our gut microbiota –150 times more genes than in the human genome.
- Microbiota, in total, can weigh up to 2 kg.
- More than 1,000 different known bacterial species can be found in human gut microbiota, but only 150 to 170 predominate in any given subject.
With that in mind, it is always good to give your gut a helping hand to keep/restore balance especially after an illness, or antibiotics. Some very common signs of undesirable gut microbiota overgrowth are thrush, fungal infections, and cystitis.
Not only do the good bacteria species help us with digestion and elimination, they can also:
- boost our immune system by creating a protective barrier in the intestines and helping in the production of white cells which fight infection,
- help regulate sex hormone levels in men and women, aiding generation of new hormones and removal of excess hormones,
- help the liver regulate cholesterol levels,
- influence other hormone production, such as serotonin and dopamine which give us feelings of wellbeing and relaxation, and help promote sleep.
All in all, it’s great to look after your gut flora. A good probiotic with at least 4 billion viable bacteria helps to nurture your own bacteria populations, as do fermented foods such as Kombucha, Sauerkraut, Kefir, Miso and Tempeh. A portion or two of raw food a day can also provide essential enzymes that help break down foods in your gut.
Another area that is often over looked is the digestive capacity of the stomach. If this is impaired at all then it has a knock on effect on the digestive capabilities of the intestines. Age, stress, nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle choices can all reduce the body’s ability to make sufficient stomach acid. There are very easy tests you can do to gauge the level of your stomach acid at home and this is something that I would recommend you do under my supervision, so that you can get all the support you need to get your digestion into tip top order to take you on your journey to better health. It’s relatively easy to bring low stomach acid levels back to the normal range.
Give me a call on 07765 274401 or call the clinic on 01892 610928 to book your appointment now.
BSc Nut Med, Dip Irid, MGNI