RHIANNON: How Healthy Is Your Gut?
WHAT IS A HEALTHY GUT?
There is such a buzz surrounding ‘friendly bacteria’ at the moment, it’s probably added to your latest favourite health drink or food but does this actually has scientific basis to it?
Ultimately, a lot of our immunity is dependent upon our gut and the microbes that live within it. In fact, there’s so much bacteria inside our bodies it can weigh up to 2kg alone and interestingly, about 10% of what we eat feeds the bacteria. So it makes sense that to keep our bacteria happy, bacteria may have an effect on our appetite, food preferences and our weight management, as our microbes need to be fed too! These are living organisms inside our digestive tract and with so much research being undertaken; it’s definitely an area of significant interest. It’s important to understand that very few gut bacteria actually live in the small intestine, they tend to be found towards the end of the digestive process. It’s essential for our health that the equilibrium in the gut remains this way because the minute bacteria travel up the small intestine in ‘the wrong’ direction, you get a bacterial overgrowth which is often associated with symptoms such as; bloating, joint pain and gastrointestinal infections.
Let's discuss bloating... please know that it’s 100% natural and happens to us all. However, I appreciate it can be troubling for many who experience especially painful symptoms as well as suffering from IBS. If this is the case, I would encourage you seek support from a Registered Nutritionist or Dietitian before undertaking any self-prescribed dietary regime.
10 COMMON CAUSES OF BLOATING
- Eating too fast and swallowing excess air: Try and chew your food slowly and eat mindfully away from technology.
- Excess wind: Excessive flatulence can be caused by swallowing more air than usual or eating food that's difficult to digest.
- Tight or high wasted clothing: Yes you heard me, if your trousers are high wasted and you sit down you can often trigger bloating from something as simple as the clothes you wear.
- Food Intolerances: Certain foods may not agree with you but always seek a professionals guidance, never cut out a whole food group or food alone.
- Constipation: You may need to look at your overall diet and lifestyle.
- Dehydration: You should be aiming for at the very least 1.5L of water a day, so many of us are still not drinking enough.
- PMS: It’s unavoidable for so many of us but don’t be so hard on yourself around that time of month it is completely natural.
- You ate a big meal: Bloating is natural and in the morning you will wake up feeling back to normal.
- Stress: Stress has a massive impact on our digestive health.
- Medication: It may be a side effect of medication so check with your GP.
Registered with the Association for Nutrition (AFN), Rhiannon Lambert is a leading Harley Street Nutritionist. Rhiannon’s qualified approach to nutrition and total dedication to her clients’ needs has seen Rhiannon work with some of the world’s most influential people. She has obtained first class Bachelor (BSc) and Master’s (MSc) degrees in Nutrition as well as Diplomas in Nutritional Interventions and Excellence in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders. Rhiannon’s book Re-Nourish is available on Amazon.