The more I study health, the more I have come to appreciate how crucially important the bacteria in your gut is. Diet and lifestyle play a huge role in the balance of bacteria in your body. Surprisingly, you are actually a ‘super-organism’ made up of hundreds of microbes.
Your immune system ensures that the good bacteria outweigh the bad bacteria. The most effective way to replenish beneficial bacteria in the gut is to include probiotic rich foods in your diet.
From immunity, digestive function, skin disorders, mental health, asthma and obesity the tiny bugs in your tummy are the business.
Probiotic bugs are like paying guests; whilst they set up camp in our digestive tract they are also supporting the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, as well as helping your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and aid in the elimination of toxins.
Two beneficial strains found in Maleny Dairies natural yoghurt are Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. These strains are great for maintaining bacterial balance, and have been extensively tested to restore levels of healthy bacteria in the colon.
Who needs probiotics?
In my experience, everyone in our modern, industrialised culture could benefit from daily probiotics. Our Western diet, filled with sugar, trans fats and chemicals, along with our use of antibiotics, give unfriendly flora the advantage.
Daily probiotic use is an effective preventative and therapeutic measure to help keep the balance of intestinal flora.
Lifestyle Tips to Boost Your Good Bugs:
- Reduce your consumption of alcohol as excess drinking kills off large proportions of the good bugs.
- Manage stress: Stress can lead to an imbalance of bacteria.
- Exercise: Moving your body a little each day assists immune function and keeps your bowel moving too.
- Basic nutrition: Drink plenty of water and avoid excessive caffeine, sugar and salt intake to keep your good bugs flourishing.
The truth is that feeling well depends on keeping
your friendly bacteria happy.
STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE BY GINA ROSE
- 5 big juicy Strawbs
- ½ frozen banana
- ½ cup of Maleny Dairies natural yoghurt
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon of LSA (linseed/sunflower seed/almonds)
- Mix in a blender till smooth and creamy.
Last weekend we took the kids out to Maleny Dairies. I think it is so important for children to know where food comes from. We had a tour of the farm, fed the animals and watched the cows come in for milking. I even caught fresh milk straight from the cow. As a lactating mummy the cows and I had some kind of special maternal connection.
Encouraging children to make healthy choices always comes back to education. A recent national survey, commissioned by Woolworths, found that a third of Australian children struggled to identify fruit and vegetables, and were confused about where produce came from. For me this is shocking.
As a nutritionist and mother of two, I am extremely passionate about educating children about health and nourishing our bodies with the best fuel. Teaching children that food comes from beyond the supermarket is so important. The sad reality is that many children don’t know where their food comes from. In fact, many of them think food originates at the grocery store. They don’t have access to fresh produce, and they don’t realise the relationship between eating healthy food and having the energy to run and play. They don’t understand that the reason they may feel tired is because all they ate for lunch was a bag of chips. They don’t know the difference until they are taught.
A trip up to Maleny was not only a fun family outing but an opportunity for my 8 year old son to see where milk comes from before it magically appears in our fridge.