Over 2000 years ago, Hippocrates theorised that all diseases begin in the gut. It has taken this long for researchers to finally understand how big of an impact our gut has on our overall health and wellbeing. In fact, scientists have found that the human body consists of 10 times more bacteria than human cells, with over 400 known bacterial species thriving in our bodies right now. Let that sink in for a moment.
Our gut flora supports gastrointestinal function, it regulates metabolism, protects from infection and makes up more than 75 percent of our immune system. The gut has a crucial roll over our health and disease control. Poor gut health can contribute to a myriad of illnesses and concerns such as obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, autism spectrum disorder, rheumatoid arthritis and many others.
Many factors common in the modern lifestyle can lead to poor gut flora, some which most of us can relate to include:
- Chronic stress
- Lack of fibre and probiotics in the diet
- High consumption of sugar, salt, refined carbs and processed junk in general
- Antibiotics, birth control pills and NSAIDs
- Chronic infections
How can we improve our gut health?
A healthy lifestyle is impossible to achieve if you do not pay attention to your gut health. Fortunately, optimizing your gut health can be easily summarised into the “Four Rs”, which include Remove, Repair, Restore and Replace.
Prevention is better than cure and the best way to promote healthy gut bacteria is to eliminate nasty perpetrators that stress your digestive system. Your gut will love you if you ditch alcohol, caffeine, trans fat, processed food and refined carbs. If you are experiencing any unpleasant gut-related issues such as bloating and gas, try eliminating gluten and dairy from your diet to detect any food sensitivities.
Leafy greens help heal your intestinal lining.
You’ve been damaging your gut all your life but fret not, it can be repaired. An unprocessed diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, L-glutamine, zinc, leafy greens, aloe vera, blueberries and spices is a great way to heal your intestinal lining and allow your body to rest and repair properly.
This step involves restoring your gut’s optimum gut flora population - that is increasing the good bacteria and reducing the bad. This can be done by taking a probiotic supplement.
Upplement's powerful (minimum 4 billion viable units) probiotic supplement (included in all our Protocols) includes three different strains from the lactobacilus species: L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus and L. bifidus, which have been shown to help modulate the immune system, help with autoimmunity conditions, and counter infections in the gut.
A probiotic is a good bacteria that can help strengthen your intestinal tract. This helps prevent disease and improve your energy levels. Consuming more probiotics can also help lower bad bacteria (e.g. clostridium and salmonella) in the gut and the average individual’s gut is often overpopulated with these bad guys.
Food high in digestive enzymes support digestion.
Some great sources of probiotics include yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and other fermented foods.
Replacing involves optimising your hydrochloric acid and digestive enzyme levels to support digestion. This can be easily done by eating food high in digestive enzymes (Papaya, pineapple, mango,...) and using organic salt.
Want to learn even more? If you are looking for an interesting book about the importance of microbiome for your brain health, here is a good one by Dr. David Pearlmutter to add to your reading list Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain — For Life.