Our gut is the most underrated organ of the human body, also known as ‘the second brain’. Our gut is not just simply where we process and digest food, it goes much further than this. Our gut is closely linked to our brain chemistry. When our gut is out of balance, so too is the rest of our body. There’s a reason why we say ‘gut feeling’, because our gut always knows best!
Mark Hyman is the leading advocate when it comes to gut health. Author of ‘Eat Fat Get Thin’, his whole premise is based on the importance of eating healthy fats. These healthy fats are thought to be the foundation for improved health, sustained weight loss and a healthy gut. Healthy fats includes things like olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, oily fish, egg yolks and coconut. By adding these to every meal, you’ll feel more satisfied and stay fuller for the longer.
On the contrary, loading up on processed carbs and sugars at every meal will leave you feeling flat and will actually become a breeding ground for bad bacteria in your gut. Bad bacteria feeds on sugar, so by cutting out sugar and replacing it with healthy fats, you are preventing the bad bacteria from growing.
Guilia Enders, a German scientist and writer delves into the deep relationship between out gut, the brain and our immune system. Her bestselling book ‘Gut: the inside story of our body’s most underrated organ’ focuses on everything we need to do to optimise our gut health. “We should remember, good bacteria does us good”. Enders reminds us that we must feed our bodies with the good stuff. That is, foods that are high in pre and probiotics to create a healthy environment for our gut. That means more fermented veggies like sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir and even pre and probiotic capsules. Once our gut is healthy, the rest of the body will follow.