The gut has long been hailed the ‘second brain’. But in recent years, as a society, we’ve realized just how important the gut is to our overall health and wellbeing. Your gut contains 500 million neurons, which connect to the brain through the nervous system. Honoring this vital system is integral to unlocking a body (and life) in balance.
The importance of healthy gut bacteria
Of approximately 40 trillion bacteria in the body, most live in the gut. This is what’s referred to as gut microbiome. Disruptions to microbiota occurs with certain foods, taking antibiotics, not consuming enough fiber, and a sedentary lifestyle.
Gut microbiome directly affects digestion, the immune system, blood sugar levels, and a myriad of other functions. What’s important to know is that you can re-balance gut microbiome with the right nutrition and supporting food supplements if need be, regular exercise and a lifestyle of minimal stress and toxins.
What does a healthy microbiome mean?
Our modern diet is not as nutritious as it used to be. It’s high in sugar, low on fibers, processed and full of empty calories and not enough Omega-3’s. All which create an imbalance between the essential fatty acids in our food and might upset the gut microbiome. It is made up of trillions of microorganisms that consist mainly of bacteria. Some of these bacteria can be beneficial and some can be harmful. The body needs a balance, an equilibrium, to function well. Regular bowel movement, no bloating, gas or discomfort are all signs of a healthy gut.
Improving the gut microbiome and maintaining healthy gut bacteria is understanding the food you eat and what keeps your gut happy. With a well-functioning digestive system, the body doesn’t negatively react to foods or external triggers such as stress. On the other hand, stomach issues, fatigue, food cravings and weight fluctuations might be reasons to explore restorative gut remedies.
Plant-based carbohydrates positively fuel the gut microbes. Focus on eating a diverse range of foods including vegetables, legumes, beans, fruit, and wholegrains. Up your intake of fiber and probiotics, fermented foods, and polyphenols with high antioxidant capacities.
Probiotics and prebiotics for gut health
As you create your gut-friendly eating plan, it’s good to know the difference between probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are the live microorganisms in foods or supplements, that are beneficial for your digestive system. Prebiotics are fiber substances that this bacteria in your gut feed on. Both probiotics and prebiotics are beneficial for gut health.
Looking to improve your gut through your diet? For prebiotics, up your vegetables, fruits, and wholegrains – bananas, onions, garlic, artichokes, berries, legumes, beans, peas, oats, asparagus, leeks, apple skin, and chicory root.
Increase your probiotics by consuming fermented foods such as yogurt, kombucha, pickled vegetables, miso soup, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, and soybean. Look for live cultures of bacteria on the ingredients list. For example, bifidobacterial and lactobacilli.
Probiotics foods for their fermentation
What makes fermented foods ideal for gut health is because the sugars are broken down by yeast or bacteria. Fermented foods and drinks are made with controlled microbial growth and enzyme actions, which transfer some of the components into other compounds.
These foods are easier to digest, makes nutrients more available, and helps restore balance in the gut.
Strategic nutrition choices paired with test-based, scientifically proven natural food supplements will empower your gut (and you) back to good health.
How ZinoBiotic+ can help you
Nurture your gut health with ZinoBiotic+, a tailored blend of eight natural sources of dietary fibers to support the growth of good bacteria. It promotes healthy bowel functions, reduce spiking in blood sugar after meals and helps you to maintain good cholesterol levels*.
Gluten-free, keto-friendly, non-GMO and vegan, this dietary fiber blend delivers a combination of natural ingredients that are not often present in the standard diet.
Feed your gut right to harness your body’s full potential. Create balance in the world, starting with your own ecosystem. ZinoBiotic+ comes as a powder mix and can be added into smoothies, sprinkled on top of yoghurt or in a glass of water or juice.
Check out this gut healthy smoothie recipe here.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.