Searches for ‘gut health’ and the ‘microbiome’ are ever increasing and most of us have had to add these terms to our vocabularies lately. But do you understand what they really mean?

We have partnered with our friends at Symprove to help explain them and give you some tips to help you look after your gut health.

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In simple terms, gut health refers to the health of your digestive tract. Your gut is strongly linked to your health in general and it’s becoming increasingly understood that gut health and overall health and wellbeing are very much partners in crime with what is known as the ‘gut-brain axis’.

The gut microbiome simply refers to the collection of microorganisms that live in your gut, which include bacteria, yeasts and fungi. The microbiome is your own internal ecosystem and it’s understood that a diverse range of bacteria in the gut can give an indicator of overall gut health. The bacteria in the microbiome are very important as they help the body to break down food and toxins, and interact with our immune system.

So how do we look after our gut health?

Here are some of our top tips:

  1. Diet: Guts love fibre! Fibre is found in things like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Try to vary the types of fibre you eat throughout the week to feed your gut a diverse range of foods. The bacteria in your gut uses fibre as their ‘food’ turning it into energy to take care of themselves and the cells lining the gut. High-fibre diets can increase the number and diversity of bacteria in your gut.
  2. Stress and mental wellbeing: When you think about it, it is pretty clear that stress has a direct impact on your gut – how you might need to rush to the loo before an interview for example. Scientists are also starting to understand that stress may negatively impact the bacteria in the gut, so it is important to manage stress as a way to taking care of your gut health.
  3. Sleep: Taking the time to create a positive sleep pattern and getting good quality sleep can directly help your microbiome. Evidence shows that the microbiome follows a pattern rather like our circadian rhythm and so it's important to keep tabs on those all-important zzzzs to make sure you are giving your body (and your gut) adequate time to rest.

If you want to learn more about gut health, the microbiome and the ways you can take care of it head to www.symprove.com.

Symprove is a water based food supplement containing live and active bacteria to support the gut microbiome. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, FODMAP-friendly and suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Simply take 70ml on an empty stomach, wait ten mins and carry on with your day.

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