Gut Health Myth Busters
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR GUT HEALTH
Stress, diet, lack of sleep, hormone imbalances and various other conditions can all have an impact on our gut health. At Gazelli our aim is to get to the root cause of the issue and then work with you to turn things around. Book a complimentary 1:1 with our head of wellbeing now to find out how we can help you.
1. MYTH Digestion begins in the stomach
Actually digestion begins in your mouth, which is why it’s so important to chew your food carefully. The combination of chewing and the digestive enzymes within the mouth comprises the first stage of digestion, which makes it easier for your body to absorb nutrients while helping to reduce gas and bloating.
2. FACT Happy gut, happy mind
As much as 90 per cent of our serotonin, also known as the happy chemical, and 50 per cent of our dopamine, which is responsible for the body’s reward and pleasure sensors, is made in the gut. Increasingly scientists agree that a happy gut helps promote a happy mind.
3. MYTH Avoid dairy to promote a healthy gut
If you are sensitive to lactose, it can be the processing most commercial dairy products undergo that causes inflammation. Full-fat, organic and unhomogenised milk is easier to digest as well as providing fat-soluble vitamins. Gazelli Nutritional Therapist Alice Mackintosh also recommends unpasteurised cheese for good bacteria – a matchbox size portion of Roquefort is a good place to start.
4. FACT You should feed your gut with fermented foods
Alice recommends helping to keep your digestive system healthy by supporting its bacteria levels, which is where fermented foods come in. Alice suggests adding raw sauerkraut (avoid processed), kimchi and kefir to your diet.
5. MYTH All bread is bad
Commercially produced bread is often laden with additives but sourdough undergoes a long fermentation process using naturally occurring bacteria and yeasts, which means it is much easier to digest.
6. FACT Stress can have an impact on your gut health
Rather than adding to your already packed schedule, Gazelli habit coach Dr Heather McKee suggests looking at how you can introduce pockets of calm into your existing routine, perhaps taking three deep breaths each time you sit down at your computer or listening to a guided meditation on your commute.
7. FACT Regular exercise can improve your gut bacteria
Research shows that people who exercise tend to have a healthier gut bacteria profile, with outdoor exercise thought to be particularly beneficial. Dr McKee suggests trying to add a ten-minute walk to your routine – perhaps when you feel the afternoon slump coming on. It is equally important not to over-exercise as this may impacts negatively on your balance of micro-flora.
8. MYTH Changing your diet is the only way to improve your gut health
At Gazelli we take a holistic approach to wellbeing so our starting point is diagnostics that enable us to make truly personal recommendations. Email us to book a complimentary 1:1 with our head of wellbeing who will take the time to understand your needs and help to recommend a bespoke programme that’s right for you.
9. MYTH Intolerances are always caused by food
Though intolerances can be to blame, sometimes the problem is not the food - it’s your gut not working optimally. Seeing an expert can help you explore the underlying issues, beat stress, parasites/pathogenic bacteria, yeasts or small intestinal bowel overgrowth. As well as testing for intolerances and allergens, our nutritional therapist Alice Mackintosh can arrange digestive testing via the best labs in the world in your appointment. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Join us for a gut health masterclass with Gazelli acupuncturist and master of oriental medicine Phoebus Tian. In this workshop you’ll learn how to improve your gut health by following the tried and tested principles of Chinese medicine.