Your Gut Will Thank You for this

Gut health poster
Gut health poster

By Caroline Tran, KOL Editor for NutriSmart

The saying “Listen to your gut” is more important than you may realise. Our gut plays a major role in our cognitive health and immunity. A compromised gut microbiome can lead to other health complications.

Our gut needs a combination of prebiotics and probiotics to stay healthy and function correctly. Our bodies are made up of both “good” and “bad” bacteria and yeast. Probiotics are live microorganisms in our digestive systems, considered to be “good” bacteria as they promote a healthy gut and stimulate bowel movements.

Prebiotics are a special dietary fibre that serves as food for probiotics. We must consume enough dietary fibres daily to feed our “good” gut bacteria and promote healthy gut functioning. Fibre can also regulate glucose and cholesterol levels in the body. Nutrition Australia recommends that adults consume approximately 25-30g of fibre per day, although most Australians do not meet their daily recommended intake. 

NutriSmart’s Gut Health Powder can promote healthy digestion, enhance healthy digestive system function, maintain digestion, and support assimilation of nutrients. Keep reading to find out more about each ingredient in our Gut Health Powder and how they can contribute to a healthy gut microbiome.

 

Glutamine

Glutamine is an amino acid used in the formation of protein in the body and can be found in foods rich in protein including meat and beans. It serves as a source of fuel for our intestinal cells and protects the internal wall of the intestines from the rest of the body by maintaining the barrier.

The intestine’s internal wall is semipermeable, which allows nutrients to pass from the gut to the bloodstream. If the wall is damaged, toxins and undigested food to be relieved as waste can pass through and cause health complications around the body.

 

Pectin

Pectin is a soluble fibre found in plant cell walls which help maintain their structure. It is commonly found in citrus fruit peels, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and as the stabilising agent in jelly and jam.

Pectin is also a prebiotic, which can increase the amount of “good” bacteria in the gut. Studies have found that pectin may also relieve symptoms of constipation and diarrhoea.

 

Aloe vera leaf cut in half

Aloe Vera Leaf

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant characterised by its long, green and pointed leaves with a range of health benefits for the skin and gut. Its watery pulp is commonly used as a topical gel to soothe sunburns, wounds and irritated skin, yet many people are unaware of its health benefits for the gut.

The pulp in aloe vera leaf is rich in nutrients and has a high water content which can produce a laxative effect and stimulate bowel movements during constipation.

The enzymes in aloe vera can assist with breaking down sugar and fat to help digestion and support healthy bowel movements. It can also reduce stomach and intestine irritation.

 

Bunch of fennel

Fennel

Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) is a plant belonging to the carrot family that can improve digestion and benefit the gut.

Fennel is rich in fibre (one cup of fennel contains 2.7g of fibre) and folate. Its prebiotic properties can feed our “good” probiotic bacteria and restore balance to our gut microbiome.

 

Peppermint

Peppermint (Mentha x Piperita) leaf, is an aromatic herb with a minty taste commonly used as a flavouring in mints or teas. Besides its refreshing aftertaste, peppermint also has health benefits that extend to our gut. The plant contains the compound menthol, which gives it its minty taste but can also relieve pain.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide found that peppermint may relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, such as bloating, gas and indigestion, by soothing inflammation within the intestines.

Peppermint can also improve bile flow in the stomach, which may relieve indigestion.