Want to know if your gut is in good shape? Our gut flora is unique to each and every one of us, so what works for somebody else, might not work for you. This is why it’s so important to figure out what your gut likes and doesn’t. To do this is easier than ever: just download our gut health tracker for free (worth S$98!), use it for a minimum of 3 days and find out! Get yours now.
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What will you learn from taking the gut health tracker?
✓ Notice when your energy is low & high throughout the day
✓ Exactly when and how often you feel bloated
✓ When and how often you have other tummy discomforts
✓ Which foods might cause these highs & lows or discomforts
✓ How regularly you poo
✓ What influence exercise has on your energy and/or bloating
The best part?
Once you know all this, you can make changes your gut will love. Simply put – you can do more of what works and less of what doesn’t. Start today. Just leave your name and email below to get our Gut Health Tracker. We’ll send it across right away so you can start immediately.
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What the gut?
For starters – over 70% of our immune system is in our gut. In addition, a healthy gut will improve your digestion, reduce bloating issues, give you fresher breath, stronger nails and a healthier skin. A balanced gut flora is also important to feel healthy and for proper digestion and nutrient absorption.
To boost your gut health, you should feed it lots of good bacteria and fibres. And guess where you can find these bacteria and fibres? Exactly – in fruit and vegetables for example. This is why (green) smoothies are so popular, as they make it easy to ingest large amounts of green leaves.
You can read more about your gut health, good gut bacteria and fibres here.
Everyone’s gut flora is unique, so there is no such thing as an optimal gut flora. However, there are some symptoms to look out for that may indicate that your gut flora is not completely in balance.
When you have a balanced gut flora, you normally have a well-functioning digestive system and regular, problem-free bowel movements. If the balance of your gut flora is disrupted though, it usually shows up as a digestive problem like constipation or diarrhoea. But there are other symptoms that can signal an imbalance in the gut flora. To find out how healthy your gut flora is, it may help to ask the following questions:
- How often are you sick? A weakened immune system could be related to an imbalance in the gut flora
- Do you often have problems with fungal infections, urinary tract infections or similar? An imbalance in your gut flora may contribute to increased susceptibility to infections
- Have you recently taken antibiotics? Antibiotics are an effective way to cure infections, but antibiotics can also kill the good bacteria, which can negatively affect the gut flora
- Do you have regular bowel movements? 1-3 times a day is considered normal for most people, though there are of course individual differences
- Do you often experience stomach problems or feel that you have a sensitive stomach? This may be bloating, gas, temporary problems with constipation and diarrhoea, and digestive problems
Want to know if your gut flora is in balance or out of balance? Download our Gut Health Tracker above, track everything you do for a minimum of 3 days and analyse the results. Get started today.
A lot of the foods we take for granted as a normal part of our modern diets – like bread, meat and butter – have properties that can harm our gut flora if we eat them too much. Poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise can create chronic inflammation in the body. The resulting inflammation is so low that we are not likely to notice any symptoms in the short term, but over the long term, the inflammation can, for example, damage our blood vessels, increase the risk of diabetes and cause depression.
We are big believers of the anti-inflammatory lifestyle and always recommend to follow this as much as possible. While there are no official guidelines for the anti-inflammatory lifestyle, the believe is that you should eat plenty of fresh plant foods – at least 800 grams to 1 kg per day -, choose gluten-free grains such as sorghum or quinoa as well as seeds, peas, beans, lentils, almonds and nuts. Add some zest to these foods with anti-inflammatory spices such as ground cloves, turmeric and chili peppers.
Read more about the anti-inflammatory lifestyle here.