Good Gut Health

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

Look out for my article on gut health in Colchester's Elite magazine. I write a monthly column on nutrition for Elite - what should I write about next time? Any suggestions as to what you might find helpful?

Look after your gut

Microbes which include bacteria are usually considered to be a source of disease, but the trillions of microbes contained in your body are critical for keeping you healthy and our gut bacteria have a particularly important role to play.

Increasing evidence is emerging to support good gut health as the foundation for health itself, with balanced levels of gut bacteria linked to a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer and allergies, not to mention depression and anxiety.

A good diet is crucial as an imbalance can occur when good bacteria are diminished by poor eating habits, often resulting in gastrointestinal symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, wind and constipation. Other factors that can impact on your microbiome include stress and medication, including painkillers and reflux medication, with the biggest culprit being antibiotics.

The good news is that you can turn things around with the help of a registered nutritional therapist who is trained to help you address digestive health issues.