A Healthy Gut

Gut Health

Gut health

The gut is the engine of our life. It not only provides fuel by digesting food, but also influences many other processes within the body. An imbalanced gut also has an influence on the entire body. Lifestyle plays a decisive role regarding the guts well-being. Our modern times are characterised by an oversupply of industrially produced food and by a multitude of harmful environmental impacts, so it is difficult to keep the bowel healthy. But there are effective measures for intestinal health.

The bowel is the largest contact point to the outside world. Everything we eat or drink, whether healthy or possibly even toxic, eventually arrives at the bowel after travelling through mouth, oesophagus and stomach. During an entire lifetime the digestive system will process around 40 tons of food and about 60.000 litres of fluid. Located mainly within the large intestine, many trillions of different microorganisms ensure that vital nutrients and substances reach their destination. Together these gut bacteria form the gut flora that is known in specialist jargon as intestinal microbiota. Most harmful and unusable substances are excreted through the anus as faeces. Remaining toxic substances are transported via the small intestine to the portal vein and the detoxification center of the body, and the liver, where they are degraded. This is what the ideal digestive process would look like, but there are many different problems along the way that the gut and liver may be faced with. Sub-optimal nutritional habits (like too much sugar and too much industrially processed food) and harmful environmental toxins and even some medicines (like antibiotics) can turn a purring gut motor into a stuttering scrap-box.

How to keep your Gut healthy

  • Ensure you have regular bowel movements
  • Eat plenty of vegetables, rice and potatoes, and little sugar and fat
  • Avoid preservatives in food
  • Drink 2 litres of fresh water every day
  • Do plenty of exercise
  • Learn how to compensate for stress and frenetic activity, whether it is at work and in your leisure time
  • Consume active gut bacteria every day to compensate for the loss which occurs due to poor nutrition and stress
  • Avoid taking medication unnecessarily
Keeping Gut Health