Written by Nush Foods // May 27, 2021
At Nush we put love and care into producing our products, and never cut corners to make our products last longer on supermarket shelves or to keep the cost down. This means our products are 100% natural, dairy, gluten and refined sugar free but also a great source of gut loving bacteria from the addition of our plant-based cultures. This means our 350g tubs of Nush contain a minimum of 20 billion cultures to help keep your gut happy and healthy…but why should you worry about a healthy gut? We chatted to Eleanor Hoath Owner & Founder of WELL NOURISHED to talk about the importance of good gut health and how it can improve your well-being. Here’s what she had to say…
There is a reason we’re always told to go with our gut – and that’s because the gut microbiome sets the foundations of our health. Established in the first stages of life, the gut microbiome is made up of trillions of microbes and bacteria that live in your intestinal tract that don’t just play a participate in digestion but also are responsible for your immune function, skin health, hormone regulation and mental health. With more and more health conditions being linked to an imbalance of the microbiome we are starting to understand the reason it is so important to keep our gut in tip top condition!
When looking at gut health, focusing on feeding these diverse range of microbes is imperative. In the same way that we use food as fuel, our gut bacteria needs the right foods to live off too. The greater the diversity in types of gut bacteria, the greater benefit to our health. There are more than 1,000 different microbes in the gut that produce nutrients for our bodies to use for daily body function! Vitamins such as B3, B6, B7, B12, Vitamin K, Folate and Biotin.
So now you know how important gut health is, how can we support it? There are many factors that can affect our gut health and lead to growth of the ‘bad’ bacteria often seen in a disease called SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). Stress is a significant driver to causing poor gut health as research shows that when we are in periods of stress, the friendly bacteria can take a turn on us and ferment into the ‘bad bacteria’ that we want to keep moving through the digestive system and eventually eliminate. Maintaining a healthy microbial balance can be achieved by nourishing our gut microbes. Microbes thrive off soluble fibre that are fermented in the gut, foods such as onions, leeks, asparagus, carrots, peppers and sweet potato are rich in prebiotic soluble fibre. These fibres encourage growth of a diversity of beneficial bacteria to create long lasting changes gut health and help to rid of digestive symptoms.
Adding fermented foods and products into our diets are a great way to feed the microbes in the gut that contribute a greater range of gut diversity with a greater benefit to our overall health. Before you splash out on the mind field of expensive probiotic supplements – its important to remember that there are so many accessible sources of probiotics that can have significant effects on balancing your microflora. Foods such as Sauerkraut, Kimchi and miso and tempeh are all fantastic sources of fermented foods as well as eating products that are enriched with live cultures such as yoghurts, probiotic drinks and spreads. Changes to what you eat and drink can have rapid effects: even within 24 hours with research showing drinking alcohol can encourage growth of the Candida fungus within as little as 2 hours.
A single serving of probiotic rich foods can have significant impacts on your gut health whilst ensuring you are eating a wholefood diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Accompanied with regular and low impact exercise such as yoga, brisk walking and light jogging to keep the smooth muscles in the digestive system smoothly contracting to move food along and managing stress levels.
You can purchase our live vegan yogs to keep your tummy happy from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Ocado, Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic and our online shop.