Gut Health: Not just a craze!

It's nothing ground-breaking that super sexy skin requires a holistic approach to health, but how much thought have you put into gut health? Personally, I'm a huge fan.

We have trillions of bacteria inside us, and most of these reside in our gut, collectively known as Microbiome. When these are out of balance, its negative effects can be widespread. 

Many millions of nerves lining your gut are made from the same tissue as your brain! Crazy they're so connected, right? Not so much. 

In The Mind Gut Connection, by Dr Emeran Mayer, MD, he writes:

'At some point in your life you've noticed the connection between your brain and your gut. If you've ever felt queasy as you walked into an uncomfortable situation or based a life decision on a "gut feeling" then you know that sometimes our bodies react faster than our minds'.

Dr Mayer also explains it can be the opposite too - ever had those first date butterflies just thinking about it? 

Even though these are just a few examples, let's keep it basic as I take you through: Show Love to your Gut 101.

  • Suspicious reactions: feel bloated after pasta? Queasy after that new protein shake? Chances are your body is having trouble digesting it. Keep a food diary and see what happens when you stay off it!

  • Probiotics: these supplements can help balance the good and bad bacteria in your body.

  • Fermented foods: also packed with good bacteria. Some of the more popular choices include yoghurt, kefir and sauerkraut. Try making your own, domestic God and Goddesses! 

  • Glutamine: I throw this powder into my morning smoothie because it strengthens and supports gut lining, and helps create strong, lean muscles. Ooh yeah. 

  • Chill, man: You'd be surprised how often our thoughts/stress can make our bodies toxic (acidic). To rest is OK. Give yourself permission in the name of wellness. I've learned this the hard way. 

  • Talk to a loved one or professional: The Gut Foundation Australia say while some people can feel embarrassed about their digestive trouble, bowel cancer is the most common internal cancer, and affects 1 in 20 people today.

When your gut is inflamed for any reason, it will usually also show in your skin. While beauty certainly starts from within, a little Dr JW goes a long way too;)

Stay beautiful,

- SJ x

Sarah is a qualified journalist and beauty therapist who lives and breathes wellness, and adores Dr JW's philosophy.