@jacinta_sultana: Last but not least, Pt 3 of #guthealth education 🌿🙌🏽
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So we have spoken about maintaining good gut health (lots of good gut bacteria) for your immunity and overall health. But..We must talk about what affects our gut health and can therefore result in gut
@jacinta_sultana [J A C I N T A S U L T A N A]

Last but not least, Pt 3 of #guthealth education 🌿🙌🏽 〰 So we have spoken about maintaining good gut health (lots of good gut bacteria) for your immunity and overall health. But..We must talk about what affects our gut health and can therefore result in gut dysbiosis (imbalance of more bad bacteria to good bacteria) 〰 Causes of dysbiosis: 1️⃣ Antibiotic use, especially for prolonged antibiotic usage as well as strong forms can result in an increase of growth in our bad bacteria and a decrease in our good bacteria. Antibiotics can also cause a decreased production of short chain fatty acids which again play an important role in our gut health/nutrient absorption. Try not to rely to much on antibiotics! 〰 2️⃣Stress, it can be a part of life however, it's important to manage stress as best you can. Stress results in changes in your gut bacteria for the worse. It results in an array of negative changes such as decreasing the production of IgA, resulting in a lower production of good bacteria allowing more bad bacteria to come in and take over. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to stress and it's effects on our gut! Time to meditate or incorporate some "you" time daily! 〰 3️⃣Poor dietary choices, an important focus for improving our gut health! We have a lot of choice of what we put in our tummies! High protein diets (particularly animal protein) result in certain bacterial enzymes to signal the release of potentially toxic molecules in the gut. Diets high in processed carbohydrates and therefore lower in fibre are also harmful to our gut bacteria, they result in a slower bowel transit time leading to greater exposure to toxic bowel contents. As this is a relatively new area of research there is still much emerging evidence on gut health! It's super important to keep in mind all of these factors that we know can negatively affect our gut health and employ the methods we have spoken about over the last few weeks to improve and maintain good gut health! As the research continues, poor gut health is associated with many chronic illnesses as well as IBS. So remember, Fibre, probiotics, prebiotics, fermentable foods & resistant starches ✔️✔️✔

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