With the focus on gut health as part of the 8th Pillar of Health we've been talking a lot about the importance of gut health. Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to our total health. An unhealthy gut can contribute to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune conditions and depression.
One key strategy to improving the health of your gut is to include probiotic-rich foods such as sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, kefir, kombucha and kimchi. This is because the fermented foods help restore the correct balance of bacteria by feeding the good bacteria. The other benefit of consuming fermented foods is over time your sugar cravings decrease as you starve out the bad bacteria, which feed on sugar and refined grains and carbohydrates.
I always recommend consuming fermented foods as a starting point. But is enough? Do you also need a probiotic?
Yes, and here’s why.
Antibiotics are undoubtedly necessary in some circumstances. I don’t have an issue with them when used correctly. They do however have huge implications on gut health. Doctor Natasha Campbell-McBride is a gut health specialist and founder/author of the GAPS diet.
"It can take up to four years to restore and rebuild the gut biome following a course of antibiotics." She says.
We can take steps towards healing our guts with fermented foods and bone broth during this time, but true healing will be much more effective if you combine this approach with a quality probiotic.
Most adults have had at least one course of antibiotics in their lifetime. It’s actually common for us to hear in the clinic that many people have one course every year!
For this reason I always advocate a multi-pronged approach when dealing with gut issues. Consuming fermented foods and glycine rich foods like bone broth along with probiotics and lifestyle strategies including hydration, stress reduction and proper sleep.
For this reason we recommend taking Bio-Kult probiotics because it is an effective multi-strain product, created by gut specialist Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride. These probiotics help to restore both the number, and diversity, of good bacteria in your gut.
After looking at a large range of probiotics, I like Bio-Kult because it has 14 strains and these strains do not have to be refrigerated. This means it is easier to add to your daily routine because you can keep them in your bag, car or work desk as we often aren’t in close proximity to our fridges! Bio-Kult is also incredibly concentrated. Meaning that one capsule has a greater number of live organisms than most other probiotics on the market. It’s the best product I’ve found in this space and it’s often the only probiotic I will recommend to clients.
If you suspect you have gut issues and are unsure what probiotic may be right for you, please contact us at email@example.com
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