Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of my most frequently asked questions surrounding gut health. These will be updated so feel free to come back and check! If your questions are not answered here you can always contact me for more information.
1. What is Gut health?
Gut health is the ability to be able to digest, absorb, and utilise the foods we eat into digestive components that the body can utilise.
In turn, this allows us to fuel our bodies.
There is a misconception "you are what you eat”.
This is misleading as it should say "you are what you absorb".
Gut health is being free of undesirable symptoms such as gas, bloating, reflux, constipation and/or diarrhoea and food allergies.
Gut health will include lots of things, firstly making sure there is a healthy stomach lining and no sign of leaky gut - a condition in which toxins are allowed to migrate from your gut to your bloodstream. That the body is producing enough digestive enzymes and HCI to break down the food and that there are optimal amounts of good bacteria in the gut.
Your gut health is directly related to your microbiome; your microbiome are the organisms living in your gut. You need to have more good bacteria than bad bacteria. Two of the good guys you want to know how to optimise are: Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria Bifidus... they both improve the health of the digestive system and crowd out the bad bacteria like Candida Albicans.
2. Why is Gut Health so Important?
The human body needs approximately 90 nutrients every single day in optimum amounts in order to heal and repair.
As a Human being, you require these nutrients to heal and repair and prevent disease.
You need 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 3 essential fatty acids plus the correct amount of Amino acids, protein, fibre, antioxidants etc. Our digestive system has to be working at its best in order to be able to digest and absorb the nutrients that we supply our body with through food we eat each day.
In many cases, I see clients that have a pretty good diet however their digestive system is not working well and they aren’t utilising the food they are eating. Gut health will need to be optimised in order to ensure the absorption of nutrients and that is why it is so important.
The only way the body heals is through the food you eat - food is medicine - so we must focus on optimising absorption.
3. What Happens to the Gut when Eating Wheat, Dairy and Sugar?
For the gut to be healthy it must have a high plant fibre-based diet, which supplies you with lots of good bacteria from the foods we eat. However, refined and processed foods with modern wheat is a real problem for our gut as it is highly sprayed with glyphosate and very inflammatory.
This modern wheat is in our breakfast cereals, bread, crackers and biscuits this modern wheat has the potential to damage the stomach lining and is also acidic and contribute to harming our good bacteria. If you are going to eat wheat, opt for Ancient grains like Spelt or even better go healthy gluten-free substitutes like Millet, Buckwheat, Amaranth and Quinoa- these are better choices as they are from the seed family and grain and gluten-free.
This is my favourite healthy organic bread- "Healthy bake".
Dairy generally is acidic and inflammatory and high mucous for these reasons it has the same potential to harm our good bacteria as it's been heat-treated and all the goodness and enzymes wiped out. I have seen people heal their digestive tract that did not want to give up dairy by swapping to organic raw dairy.
Raw dairy that hasn't been heat-treated is hard to come by in today's society.
Some dairy products are better than others, for instance, yoghurt is known to have good bacteria. However, you would have to eat an extremely large amount to make a difference to the bacteria in the gut. I wouldn't want you to do this because it's acidic and inflammatory. Also, be careful of added sugar in yoghurt. When having dairy keep it limited to small amounts and always chose organic - better options: Almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, goats or sheep's milk.
Sugar is a broad subject, the biggest problem is not in the natural sugars in fruit and other whole foods because they come with their minerals. although in saying this fruit can contribute to gut health problems so in some cases must be avoided for a specific time.
The real problem is refined and processed sugars, Sugar is a major problem as it is acidic in nature, lacks any nutrients, feeds fungi, and the bad bacteria (candida) in your gut, plus it has an addictive effect on the body!! Candida feeds off sugar and can cause yeast infections and sinusitis.
Essentially, large amounts of sugar in the diet damages your gut by promoting bad bacteria. Plus... sugar shuts down your immune system for 2 to 3 hours just so the body can process it.
It is a Gut health essential to limit your sugar wherever possible and stick to natural sugars or substitutes. I prefer a little raw honey or maple syrup for my sweetener.
Start by stopping putting teaspoons of sugar in coffee and tea.
That's where I started and If I can do it so can you.
4. How is Bad Gut Health Linked to a Poorly Functioning Immune System?
Our gut health contributes to 80 percent of our Immune system!
If you want a healthy Immune system you must have good gut health as they are literally one and the same.
Many people don't know this. One of the major reasons for low Immune and Autoimmune is Leaky gut and the inflammatory response that happens in the body with this condition.
You must fix your poor gut health so your Immune can function properly.
This Inflammatory process from leaky gut starts in your gut and then travels to the brain, which then sends signals to the rest of the body, leading to common symptoms.
The major factor, in my opinion, is Poor diet.
Poor diet = poor gut health
which in turn affects our immune health.
There are many other contributing factors causing gut health problems such as stress and prescription medication however we must start by eating for gut healing and progress to lifestyle medicine.
Optimizing your Gut Health and good bacteria is an important Immune system strategy.
If you want to put the breaks on All disease and Auto-Immune problems start by healing your gut.
Join our "You Can Heal Your Gut" Good guts program today
$297.00 One month all Supplements, Recipies and guided support included
Testing not included
Leaky gut test suggested but not required costs $140.00
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