Earlier this year we attended the Food Matters Tour in Melbourne, which focused mostly on where our food comes from and what it does to our bodies (and how to get more of the good stuff!). One of the most striking things from the day was the concept that our gut can actually have a large impact on our mood. We had so many questions! How could this be? Isn’t our mood a victim of environmental circumstance only? Well, apparently not.
Firstly, you need to know that our bodies are made up of more bacteria than actual human cells, and not just a little more – 10 times more. Most of our bacteria resides in our digestive system and more specifically in the intestines. This is referred to as our Microbiome – a massive collection of bacteria and microbes. Not all bacteria are bad, in fact we have some really good ones that help break down and digest food, acidify the colon, normalise bowel movements and eliminate gases amongst many other functions.
When our gut bacteria are out of balance, or overgrown we can experience bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea, constipation or any IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms. But new research has also linked multiple health conditions to an abnormal or overgrown gut bacteria. Health problems such as depression, anxiety, crohns disease, obesity, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis have all been linked to an unhealthy gut environment.
So, how can we be sure that our gut is flourishing and not causing us any problems? Here’s where to start
Read: Heal Your Gut by Lee Holmes – a four week, easy to follow protocol for ultimate gut health.
Take: The Beauty Chef – Inner Glow powder
Twenty years of research have gone into the development of The Beauty Chef’s unique fermentation process that breaks down (or pre-digests) foods, making them more available for the body to use. The advantage of this process is the natural creation of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, that colonise the gut and bring a wealth of health and skin benefits. The yummy Glow powder also contains prebiotics to encourage the growth of good bacteria along with 23 skin loving superfoods to support your inner health. Buy it in our shop.
Make: The gelatin in bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines, and improve gut intergrity. PLUS, it tastes delicious! Check out the Beginners Guide to Bone Broth here.