Love Your Gut
How to keep your gut happy & healthy all year round!
It’s no secret that gut health is an important factor in our overall health.
The Gastrointestinal tract is what transports food from our mouths to our stomachs, absorbs nutrients, converts it into energy and then removes waste back out of the body.
Over the years we have come to discover that our guts are full of trillions of bacteria (made up of fungi, bacteria, and other single-celled organisms) that help maintain our overall health and wellbeing.
Some bacteria fight inflammation while others can promote it. When the gut works as it should, the two types keep each other in check.
But in a less healthy person the balance can become skewed and “bad” or inflammatory bacteria can take over.
Everything we put in our bodies feeds our gut bacteria – so how can we make sure we are feeding the “good bacteria?”
Below are a few tips we have put together for you.
Avoid processed foods
Processed foods high in sugar and unhealthy fats can feed the very bacteria that can cause bloating, discomfort and inflammation.
Eat a diet high in fruit and vegetables
Fresh fruit and vegetable are full of necessary nutrients and fiber to maintain general health and keep our guts happy. Be sure to eat a variety of different fruit and vegetable and where possible, opt for organic. If buying organic isn’t possible, always remember to wash your fruit and vege thoroughly.
Avoid unnecessary antibiotics
While a lot of medication is absolutely necessary at times, try avoid taking un- needed antibiotics or aspirin where possible.
Antibiotics kill bacteria indiscriminately, which can be bad news for the gut microbiome and your overall health.
Always ensure you consult your Doctor before making any changes to medication.
Eat foods high in pre and probiotics
Eating foods packed with pre and probiotics (good bacteria) is one of the best ways to boost your gut health.
When we consume pre/probiotics, it provides food for our healthy gut bacteria to thrive off.
Prebiotics are found in foods like bananas, onion, garlic, broccoli and whole grains.
Foods rich in probiotics include yoghurt, and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, miso.
One of our favourite ways to ensure we are getting our daily dose of probiotics is through fermented drinks.
Recently we discovered BellyUp – The Probiotic Superfoods Superdrink.
BellyUp is a new range of sparkling probiotic drinks, each with its own unique combination of powerful superfoods, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to deliver targeted health benefits—from ridding your body of toxins to weight management to more youthful-looking skin.
The five-stage bio-fermentation process results in a more bioactive and bio-available complex, with 6 strains of gut-loving probiotics in every drink. Each flavour of BellyUp is 99% sugar free and gluten and dairy free with no artificial colours or flavours.
The BellyUp range includes;
Lychee with Green Tea
Turmeric Pineapple flavour
Collagen with Superfood Berries
Coconut with Lemon Myrtle
Weight Management Lemon flavor
*Collagen with Superfood Berries not suitable for vegan diets.
Find Belly Up at your local IGA, independent cafes and grocers, Woolworths (metro) and Caltex.