A healthy gut microbiome is critical for proper nutrient synthesis and absorption. From macronutrients to micronutrients, it is gut bacteria that helps us to breakdown and utilize these nutrients, aiding in the regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters.
How can you show your microbiome some love?
Consume lot’s and lot’s of functional fibers or complex carbs such as vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, and grains, for your bacteria to produce the SCFAs crucial for gut health, blood sugar balance, and more.
Consume healthy fats such as chia seeds, brussels sprouts, walnuts, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, avocado, avocado oil, and açaí berries.
Keep your meals low on the Glycemic Index and consume healthy sources of protein, and fermented foods.
Drink plenty of good quality filtered water, which has been shown to benefit the mucosal lining of the intestines, as well as balance good bacteria in the gut.
Make sure you’re getting what I like to call "foundational supplements" which we should but do not get enough of from our foods, if any at all today. They include a food-based multivitamin and mineral, trace minerals, and spore-based probiotics. Make sure you’re getting top grade from a professional and not randomly OTC.
If you are having digestive/hormonal issues and are uncertain if you are or are not synthesizing and assimilating nutrients properly, then consider a stool test to rule out not only pathogens, but also to take a look at the diversity, richness, keystone species, and metabolic functions of your gut microbiome and take the guesswork out of correction.
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