What Could Be Damaging Your Gut?
Within our gut is over 100 trillion bacteria, known as the “gut microflora” and having a healthy gut flors is essential to your overall health. This bacterium is split into four groups and each group plays an important role in your health and require different nutrients to help them grow. While the good bacteria in your gut are important to digestion you can end up with an imbalance of bacteria when too much harmful bacteria make their home in your gut. This leads to dysbiosis and can cause a variety of health concerns. Therefore, it is important to maintain the balance of gut flora to keep you at your healthiest.
Within the modern world, there are many lifestyle and diet choices that can destroy the good bacteria in your body leading to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. This overgrowth can lead to a variety of symptoms including nausea, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain and discomfort and fatigue. It is also linked to weight gain, inflammation, obesity, IBS and even insulin resistance.
To keep your gut healthy and happy, it is important to recognise what could be damaging your gut by destroying the good bacteria in our bodies. The following are a few things that can cause harm to your gut flora.
We all know that antibiotics are important in the treatment of infections and diseases that are caused by bacteria such as UTIs and Tonsillitis. They work by destroying the bacteria causing the infection and preventing it from further growth.
However, while they get rid of the bad bacteria causing the disease, they also affect the good bacteria that you need in the body. Even taking just a single treatment of antibiotics can lead to a harmful change within the diversity of the gut flora and after finishing the course of antibiotics the numbers of beneficial bacteria often do not return to the previous levels.
Not Having Enough Variety in Your Diet
It’s common knowledge that a diet consisting of a diverse range of whole foods is best for your health. In turn, this type of diet leads to a more diverse gut flora. This is due to the food you’re consuming providing the nutrients which help the healthy bacteria grow and as each group of bacteria needs different nutrients to thrive.
Unfortunately, over the last 50 years the Modern Western diet has had a reduction in the amount of diversity in our foods. It generally consists of a high intake of processed carbohydrates, processed fats, sugars and sugar substitutes and foods loaded with preservatives. This means the good flora are finding it difficult to thrive and the bad flora are starting to take over.
Now, I know that some days you just need that cold beer or cheeky glass of wine to help you wind down and reflect at the end of the day. And that is just fine, if its only once and a while. Alcohol has a high sugar and/or yeast content which can damage the good flora in your gut, while encouraging an overgrowth bad flora, leading to an imbalance in the gut microflora.
Having a healthy gut flora is essential to been healthy. The good bacteria are there to help you thrive so its essential that they have an environment to thrive as well.
If you are having concerns about your gut health, contact me today to get you on the way to a happy, healthy gut.