Listen to the wisdom of your gut.National Pharmacies
There’s a reason why people say listen to your gut. Your gastrointestinal (GIT) health plays an important role in overall health and wellbeing.
It affects how you look and feel, your energy levels and the ability to fight disease. Gut health is directed by its GIT microbiota balance – the bacteria, fungi and viruses. Our GIT is home to over 1,000 different species of bacteria.
We call them good bacteria. These ‘bugs’ produce a range of vitamins (B2, folate, B12, K), and are neurotransmitters which positively influence gut and brain health, as well as anti-inflammatory and anticancer compounds. Like feeding our minds with knowledge, our gut is a second brain, needing to be nourished.
Taking care of your gut can minimize health issues including:
- Allergies like asthma and eczema
- Auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and Lupus
- Bowel disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac, Crohn’s Disease and food allergies
- Recurrent infections-respiratory and urinary tract infections
- Mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression
- Obesity and diabetes
- Insomnia and other sleep disruptions.
Lifestyle factors can increase harmful microorganisms. These includes poor diet, stress, lack of sleep, and antibiotic or chemical exposure.
You might not know this but healthy gut microbiota begins when you’re born. Your age, gender, ethnicity and birth factors (like being breastfed) also play a role. If you’re a new mother, keep this in mind to make sure your child’s tolerance to food develops correctly.
If you’re wondering how you can do this, visit your local National Pharmacies and talk to our specialist naturopaths. With many health conditions effectively treated by incorporating specific probiotics, foods and prebiotics, we’ll support you to keep your gut in great health.
Author Craig Wainwright
Naturopath, Pharmacist National Pharmacies Glenelg
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