I have known for a little while how important gut health is but haven’t really put my knowledge into action, until now.
I had a really bad chest infection verging on pneumonia and I was put on three courses of antibiotics, which didn’t do my gut any favours at all. Antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria but they also kill all of the good. We have one trillion bacteria living in our gut and if we don’t have enough of the good stuff, it causes a whole host of problems like digestive issues, food allergies, skin problems, mood swings and even anxiety and depression, to name a few.
What made me aware of my gut not being happy were the spots that started forming on my forehead. That was enough for me to start obsessing over how to make my gut a healthy one.
I headed straight to my local health food store and knew the first thing I was asking for, probiotics and the BEST ones I could get my hands on as these are what are going to balance out the bad bacteria. I was given a bottle of BioCare, which have a minimum of 30 billion live probiotic bacteria per capsule and are premium strength, that’s the kinda probiotic you want to be putting into your system!
I then took myself to the drinks fridge and got myself a few bottles of kombucha. I literally love this stuff, I can feel the goodness as I drink it and it really is so beneficial. Kombucha is basically a fermented black or green tea and sugar (natural sugar that is). After being fermented, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic and lactic). These are linked with helping digestion, weight loss, increasing energy, cleansing and detoxifying and even cancer prevention! What magic! I have tried quite a few brands but this one is my favourite because of its great taste!
In addition to both of these I grabbed some sauerkraut, yep that’s right, the famous fermented cabbage you put on a hotdog! This stuff is one of the healthiest foods you can eat PLUS it’s fermented. It is a good source of antioxidants and dietary fiber, plus has nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus and potassium, oh AND probiotics. This again has benefits like helping your digestion, weight loss, mood disorders and even hormonal imbalances. I buy Laurie’s sauerkraut because I know it is great quality, but there are lots of varieties. Just make sure it is live, organic and kept in a fridge, you don’t want the jar variety.
The last thing that is super important in looking after your gut is not eating refined sugar. Keep away from high sugary foods and alcohol whilst you’re trying to heal your gut although I understand you might need a little chocolate every now and again.