Lack of sleep, high stress levels, antibiotics and processed foods are just some facets of modern life that could disrupt the gut microbiome. There are many health issues that are caused by a problematic gut, including upset stomach, unintentional weight changes, constant fatigue, sleep disturbances, autoimmune conditions and food intolerances, among others.
Fortunately, it is easy to look after your gut and we are going to take a look at some simple ways that you can do just that. Let’s get started:
Eat A Proper Diet – your meals aren’t just for nourishing your body, but also for feeding trillions of good bacteria in your gut. You need these bacteria to thrive for a better health. Good bacteria also feeds on dietary fibre from plant-based foods, so you need to eat wholegrains, nuts, pulses, vegetables and fruits more often.
If possible, avoid any highly processed foods, because they increase bad bacteria and suppress good ones. Extra-virgin olive oil has high levels of polyphenols that boost the presence of good microbes. If your current diet is low in dietary fibre, you need to do gradual changes, because a sudden increase in dietary fibre could trigger bloating and gas.
Colon Hydrotherapy – this procedure alters the gut microbiome. A significant proportion of microorganisms are flushed from your colon. However, the microbiome will bounce back about two or three weeks later. Faecal matter and toxins are removed more effectively with colon hydrotherapy, giving a better environment for good bacteria to thrive.
Good bacteria are sensitive to toxins, antibiotics and various chemicals. The only way to clear these substances thoroughly is by undergoing a hydrotherapy session. Combined with a proper diet, colon hydrotherapy is very effective for improving the balance of gut microbes. If you continue having severe bloating, diarrhea and stomach upsets, it is probably the right time for another session of colon hydrotherapy.
Probiotics – probiotics are food with live bacteria included that contribute to the overall health of your gut. These beneficial bacteria suppress pathogens and yeast in your gut that may cause health problems, such as a weakened immune system. A healthy gut microbiome improves nutrient extractions from food. On average, your gut contains about 80 trillion types of good bacteria and only 20 trillion of bad ones.
Inflammatory diseases and chronic health problems could be caused by an imbalanced microbiome and this happens when harmful bacteria overruns good ones. Intestinal permeability allows toxins and bad bacteria to be transferred from the intestines to the bloodstream. This could happen if the colon is saturated by bad bacteria, affecting intestines and other parts of the digestive system. Regular consumption of probiotics with live bacteria like yogurt, kefir, sauerkrauts, kimchi and raw tempeh could help to restore the balance of the gut microbiome.
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