You may have heard the term gut health buzzing around social media but do you know why it's important to have a healthy gut?
WHAT IS GUT HEALTH?
Gut health describes how well our gastrointestinal tract is working. The organs involved in digestion include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines which all work together to help us digest our food. It sounds quite simple, but you’d be surprised to learn that an estimated 70 million people in the United States struggle with digestive problems.
WHY IS GUT HEALTH SO IMPORTANT?
It’s important for our digestive system to function properly so it can deliver nutrients to our body. A healthy gut contains good bacteria that wards off bad bacteria, viruses, and fungi. There are over 100 trillion bacteria, both good and bad located in your gut, the collective diversity is known as your gut flora or gut microbiome. A diverse and healthy microbiome can keep your digestive system functioning at its best. However, if your gut microbiome is lacking in good bacteria, it can create some difficulties or problems.
There are several issues associated with poor gut health such as heart disease, chronic kidney disease, emotional issues, and obesity. If you’re wondering if you have poor gut health, here are some signs to look for.
- Stomach aches, bloating, or other GI issues
- Weight changes
- Food intolerances
- Skin irritation or acne
- Constant fatigue
- A high sugar diet
- Autoimmune diseases
Please note, that while you may be experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it’s always important to schedule an appointment with your doctor to come to a proper diagnosis.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT A HEALTHY GUT?
One of the best ways to have a healthy gut is eating a balanced, healthy diet that includes fiber, probiotics, and prebiotics. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber, especially those you can eat the skin. The skin of fruit and vegetables alone, contain 31% of its total fiber. For instance, an apple with skin contains 5 grams of fiber compared to an apple with no skin which has only 3 grams of fiber.
Probiotics are a great source of “good” bacteria and help to keep your intestinal tract balanced. You can increase your probiotic intake with probiotic supplements or eating certain foods with live cultures. Some natural sources of probiotics are kefir, greek yogurt, aged cheese, fermented vegetables such as kimchi and sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, and kombucha.
Prebiotics can also help your body take in calcium better and increase the good bacteria in your gut. Foods that contain prebiotics are bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, artichokes, soybeans, and food with whole wheat.
Another great way to support a healthy gut is to consume antioxidant rich foods. Luckily, KABAKI Kenyan Purple Tea has the highest amount of antioxidants compared to both green and black tea. A great option for your gut would be our Unsweetened Purple Tea.
It’s important to note that if you think you suffer from poor gut health, seek medical assistance from a doctor. Your doctor can help you determine if these issues are minute or require more medical attention.
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