We sat down with Katherine Hay our Clinical Nutritionist to unpack Gut Health - what it is, how it affects our overall wellness and how it impacts our skin health.
Gut health is extremely important because it is our second brain. I like to call it our first brain because it harvests and nourishes us. It also involves our immune system and our endocrine system, so our hormone system.
If we have a leaky gut or experiencing signs and symptoms of ill-got health, it really not only affects us, but our immune system, our mental health, our hormonal health and how we process and utilize nutrition from our food.
When we're looking at gut health, we really want to look at all those multifaceted areas. It's not just eat well, poo well and we've got good gut health. It hosts a myriad of bacteria that's beneficial, that can swing it away. It can host parasites and viruses and overgrowths.
We really want to make sure that that bacteria is surviving in a nice environment and is really benefiting our health and not doing the opposite, which it can cost a whole huge host of disease, processes and complaints.
I think, when we look at gut health, we want to look at the one food we're feeding our microbiomes, so the gut bacteria.
We want to make sure we've got lots of beautiful probiotic-rich foods and mega supplementation, whole foods and a variety, diversity is key. We want to make sure we're getting a whole different range of plant-based foods really.
We also want to look at how our immune system is functioning because that will also be really beneficial to our overall gut health and how we're pooing, we want to make sure we're pooing well, we want to make sure our poo looks good and is fully formed when it's coming out of us because that's you excrete toxins, waste material from our gut that's been left over from digestion. We don't want that stuff recirculating in our bloodstream because that's how we get systemic inflammation.
Digestion starts in the mouth and travels all the way down through the stomach, small intestine into the large intestine and out through the anus. There are so many contributing factors to that optimal gut health and digestion.