Celebs Now online talks to ProVen Probiotics nutritionist Adrienne Benjamin about how the health of your gut is generally controlled by the amount and types of bacteria it contains and what you can do to support the balance of bacteria and your health in general.
An overgrowth of pathogenic (bad) bacteria can lead to an imbalance known as dysbiosis, which has been linked to a number of health issues, including bloating, gas and diarrhoea; food allergies or sensitivities; eczema; depression and anxiety.
Probiotics can help to boost your gut health and the following may also support digestive balance:
- Remove problem foods and toxins from your diet - caffeine, alcohol, processed and sugary foods, bad fats and other foods that may be causing issues, such as gluten and dairy.
- Take necessary supplements to replace the essential ingredients required for proper digestion and absorption, including digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids.
- Introduce good bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifidobactera, by taking a probiotic supplement or eating foods such as live natural yoghurt, kefir and fermented and pickled vegetables. Coconut products (such as oil and milk) are also supportive to the gut wall.
- Eat plenty of Prebiotic foods such as asparagus, leafy greens, garlic, leek and onion, to help to feed the population of good bacteria.
- Eat an unprocessed diet and include nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, L-glutamine and antioxidants (vitamins A, C and E, zinc and selenium).
- Minimise medication intake (especially antibiotics) and stress to help support a healthy gut and keep gut microbes in balance.