Go With Your Gut

 
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Gut Health? Why is it so important and what does it actually mean?

It’s a new year, and if you’re anything like us, this year you’ve vowed to be healthier.

But what does that really mean…… and how can you make ‘being healthier’ a simple part of your everyday life? 

Let’s start by clarifying a few things;

1.     When we refer to your ‘gut’ we are not just talking about your stomach, we are talking about your digestive system; your mouth, oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum.

2.     What is a healthy gut? Although specifics will differ among individuals there are a few signs that indicate a healthy gut, here are a few of the main ones; regular and comfortable bowel movements, uninterrupted sleep, clear skin & a strong immune system.

So why is it important?

In short, if your gut is healthy it’s more than likely that you & your mind are healthy.

Here’s what the Huffington Post had to say about it;

"When your digestive system is not functioning properly, it can result in poor nutrient absorption/malnourishment and lead to a number of chronic problems and symptoms, including acid reflux, indigestion, irritable bowel disease and others. But it can also directly impact overall health as well as the health of your immune system, nervous system, hormonal health and more".

"In fact, this 30-foot long tract (your gut) is major headquarters for immunity, neurological health and more. Digestive health directly impacts your immune health, and vice versa. Your gut is also home to the largest concentration of mood-altering neurotransmitters such as serotonin". 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-isaac-eliaz/digestion_b_1181599.html

So how do probiotics help?

We’ve found a great article by written by Ruairi Robertson, PhD that explains the gut and pro & prebiotics, you can click the link below to read the full version. Or here are some bite-sized bits;

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gut-microbiome-and-health - section1

Bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microscopic living things are referred to as microorganisms, or microbes, for short. Trillions of these microbes exist mainly inside your intestines and on your skin.

Most of the microbes in your intestines are found in a "pocket" of your large intestine called the cecum, and they are referred to as the gut microbiome.

The microbiome can affect gut health and may play a role in intestinal diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

However, certain Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, which are found in probiotics can help seal gaps between intestinal cells and prevent leaky gut syndrome.

Here is some more on this from the ABC;

http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2017-03-22/how-does-your-diet-affect-your-gut-bacteria/8374114

Your gut microbiome is sensitive to environmental exposures (beginning with the bacteria passed on from your mother at birth) and influenced by genetic factors.

It's also largely shaped by your diet, said Dr Beckett, and this works in two ways.

"The first way is by eating foods that contain bacteria — so foods with probiotics in them," she said.

Probiotics are live microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeast, similar to those living in our digestive tract. They are found in fermented foods including yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha tea.

Where do we come in?

We create a range of fermented foods & drinks; fermented foods are known for their probiotic rich, good bacteria. What’s even better, is that the majority of our products are ‘wild fermented’ (with the exception of our kefir) meaning we use no starter culture & they ferment naturally.

Making fermented foods a standard part of your weekly diet is a great way to steadily & naturally increase your pro-biotic intake- hence improving your gut health.

 
 
Image by Marie Bradley

Image by Marie Bradley

 

Bannie Williams - Living Clean

 
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This week we sat down with Bannie Williams, author, nutritionist & owner of @fortgreen to chat all things health....

So who is Bannie Williams?

Bannie is a young, fun & driven nutritionist from Melbourne, she is the author of The Smoothie Manifesto’ which was released earlier this year and recently opened a new health cafe in Northcote, Fort Green

Bannie started her career as an international model and upon finishing her studies worked as a freelance health writer and ran her own nutritional consultancy The Healthy Ingredient.

Read more of our interview with Bannie below.

Tell us about Fort Green?

"Fort Green is a contemporary health food café with a soon to be adjoining yoga studio. The concept evolved from a combination of both mine and my partner's professions, along with our shared interests in healthy eating, coffee, yoga and design".

Our menu focuses on nourishing wholefood bowls, smoothies, speciality coffee and vegan desserts. Minimal fuss, maximum flavour".

Tell us about your Green St Beef Bowl?

The Beef Bowl is a combination of contemporary Asian and Korean flavours, featuring an 8 hour slow cooked Victorian beef, quinoa, seasonal greens,  GSK kimchi, chilli and our special tahini sauce. We wanted to create a dish that was delicious and nutritious for our non-vegetarian customers. We love having the GSK kimchi in the bowl as it introduces people to a fermented product that they might not have experienced before.

What’s your best “everyday” health tip?

"Everything in balance and moderation!

It’s okay to indulge, provided it is part of a balanced lifestyle. Getting caught up in dietary trends is something I also advise to avoid. Learning to listen to your body and understanding what works for it and what doesn’t is far more powerful than any fad diet".

How would you recommend adding our range of products to everyday life?

The GSK products are easy to incorporate into your everyday life because of their delicious taste and diversity. I love starting the day with a shot of the coconut kefir for gut health & sipping on the Jamu Jamu throughout the day for the anti-inflammatory properties of the turmeric. The kimchi hot sauce is also an amazing addition to Asian dishes & gives a great flavour profile as well as the benefits of fermented kimchi

Thanks for your time Bannie Williams.... 

If you're based in or visiting Melbourne, we highly recommend a visit to Fort Green, try one of their delicious bowls, smoothies or raw treats and while you're at it pick up some of our fermented products. You won't be disappointed!

Fort Green stocks our Kimchi Hot Sauce, jamu jamu & Coconut Kefir.

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