Ever wanted to grow your own? Well it turns out that you already do!Nurturing the variety of good bacteria in your gut can provide even more natural goodness than growing fruit & veg in your own patch - and you don’t even need to get your hands dirty!If you want to grow a prize-winning carrot you need the right growing conditions, and growing a healthy human is no different. Without the good bacteria our gut cannot extract all the nutrients from our food.
So how do you grow your own microbes?
1. Prepare your ‘soil’.
Put down the sugary snacks and drinks, throw away the processed foods and start munching on gut loving veggies such as kale, cabbages and cauliflower, whizz up some blueberry and banana smoothies and start eating more pulses and wholefoods that contain high levels of dietary fibre, as this is a staple food for your good bacteria.
2. Plant the ‘seeds’.
A lot of what are referred to as ‘probiotics’ don’t actually make it to the gut because they can’t survive the stomachs harsh environment. Make sure you are consuming cultures that are able to make it all the way down to the small intestine. Once there they will begin to multiply and feed from the nutrients you are now providing in your diet.
3. Tend to your ‘patch’.
As well as a good diet, reducing stress, gentle exercise, a good nights sleep and walking outside in the fresh air can all help promote physical and mental well being. As our brain and gut are connected via the nervous system this sense of well being has a knock on effect to the gut.
4. Keep the pests away!
Bad bacteria are the weeds of the gut world. Processed and refined foods will kill off your good bacteria because we are not designed to eat them. Whilst it’s not always possible to stay away from antibiotics, it’s good to remember that they are designed to kill bugs, and will kill the good guys too. So make sure you’re replenishing your good bacteria so the bad guys can’t move in.
So if you want to become a prize-winning carrot, get munching on the microbe-loving foods and don’t feed the weeds!