Changing the Way You Approach Gut Fibre
Your gut microbiota is made up of different species of bacteria. Depending on the foods you choose to eat and will react and change the microbiome composition in your gut with a short space of time. Your gut microbes have a major part in determining the health of your gut. Often, we are not aware that the foods we eat are affecting our gut bacteria, whether this is for the good of the gut or not so good.
Microbes can be divided into two classes:
1. The micros that reside permanently in your gut.
2. The microbes that are simply just sailing through.
These differences tend to get excluded completely with the current wave of passion for ingesting live probiotic foods and fermented foods, that include the strains of bacteria shown to be very beneficial for gut health. Are we unintentionally getting side-tracked by the new kombucha drinks, kimchi or non-dairy milk/water kefir?
These are all very interesting live, sparkling cultured drinks and taste do taste awesome. However, all these microbes in the probiotic foods we consume and drink do not stay in our gut. No is no doubt they have a part in good gut health but do they replenish anaemic microbiome, not necessarily.
If you are only consuming these “popular health products” you could be unintentionally disregarding the permanent gut microbes that live full time in your gut. What these amazing microbes need is not healthy fizzy drinks, they need fibre.
These long-term microbes that live permanently in our gut are not created by drinking fermented food and drinks because we are born with then already there.
These amazing gut microbes are a fundamental and crucial part of our ongoing health and survival. They interact with our immune system, nervous system and balance our gut. Micros are not a casual collection of microbes that replenish, they are continually pasted on through generations.
The human gut contains bacteria from the Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes phyla, and make up approximately 90 per cent microbes in the gut. Individual microbes and replenish themselves daily. Lactobacilli, for example, live for approximately 30 minutes. The gut bacteria you were
born with cannot be replenished by eating live yoghurt.
Many changes can occur in the generational microbes. For example, an increase in your pH balance, adding new foods to your diet, having a depleted gut flora, and overuse of antibiotics. The digestive tract is a very unfriendly environment due to the acid in the stomach that breaks down food and but it also kills off foreign intruders that happen perchance to be ingested. We live in an environment where we come into contact with unhealthy organisms daily, therefore we need gut acid to be working correctly to deal with intruders.
There are many nasty bacteria that survive stomach acid because they have a protective layer around them called bio-film. Believe it or not, some viruses and bacteria thrive in an acid environment, for example, H. Pylori. The Bacteria, Clostridium perfringens, which causes gas gangrene, and Clostridium difficile (C.diff) form spores that cause problems in the digestive system.
No matter how much live and active bacteria or different strains are included, or what quantity of fermented foods and drinks you consume they will not replenish or re-establish your generational gut bacteria.
Feed your generational microbes with good fibre
If you want to help your generational gut microbiomes then fibre is the way to go. Because fibre consists of long chains of carbohydrates that the digestive system can’t digest fully. Because of this, they are not broken down in the stomach, they are broken down in the small intestine. As a result, they end up in the colon and the microbes have a party and feeding frenzy.
All this work leads to the amazing growth of really healthy and beneficial microbes, which are called pre-biotics. On average we do not eat enough healthy fibre. There are many different forms of fibre you can eat and suggests meals rich in fibre can be found here. Consuming prebiotic fibre can help reduce inflammation and infections. By consuming prebiotic food and taking a natural fibre such as organic Inulin equates to healthy and thriving microbes. Two teaspoons of Inulin powder made from organic Artichoke create 3 grams of healthy bacteria put it in your
smoothies or juice.
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