Updated: Feb 20
There are only two things everyone needs to think about when it comes to gut health:
1. The balance of bacteria in your gut (a word thrown around that actually describes a vast ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, fungi, archaea, etc. - otherwise known as the microbiome)
2. The integrity of your gut lining
A bonus third is the whole category that falls under how you break down food, your stomach, issues with the word reflux in, and the like. (note: this is gut health for dummies, I'm keeping it simple)
As a whole, unless like me you're in a position where you must know about all eventualities - the two listed will get you very far.
So... what do you need to know about these two?
They are the most common cause of issues that reside in your gut, and they can also be the cause of a wide variety of issues that you might not have related to the gut; brain function, skin health, inflammation, immunity, hormonal balance, and much much more.
The SINGLE HURDLE that trips the most people up when solving these problems is the never-ending search for a label to put on the problem - which is why I simplify the issue to the two points I made above.
"But Ben, what do I do to address them?", I'm so glad you asked Jayme.
You can rebalance your gut bacteria by creating an environment where the bad bacteria cannot thrive, through an elimination diet, consuming things that fend them off, practices like fasting... the list goes on.
All the while, introducing the right beneficial bacteria into your gut and ensuring they can thrive: probiotics and prebiotics.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria, prebiotics are a fibre that they feed on.
CAUTION: Don't take this knowledge and buy any random probiotic supplement with billions and billions of bacteria to "rebalance your gut"...
Each strain of bacteria has a different function, meaning one supplement in the shop has a different effect to the one next to it - and consuming too higher quantity can have the opposite effect to what you're seeking; leading to an overgrowth of bacteria.
Opt for a variety of natural probiotics from sources like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, tempeh, etc. little and often. One bottle of kombucha here and there won't have nearly the impact of "drip-feeding" your self with a consistent variety of different sources.
These are the stripped back fundamentals of your gut bacteria.
When it comes to your gut lining, I made a 5 minute YouTube video that explains the topic in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYg42kbr0HE
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