Your gut is home to 70% of your body’s immune cells, making a healthy gut central to a strong immune system.
Gut bacteria are essential for a healthy immune system. The intestinal cells of the gut are covered by a protective mucous layer which some bacteria use as food.
Follow these five simple steps for good gut health:
1. Love fibre – Foods rich in fibre feed friendly bacteria in your gut. Top up your intake with fruits, veggies, oats, whole-grains, seeds and pulses like chickpeas and beans.
2. Find your calm – Just like your brain, your gut is sensitive to stress, with studies showing that high-stress levels can disrupt beneficial gut bacteria. Whether it’s meditation, reading or a warm bath, take some time to de-stress.
3. Move your body – Regular exercise prevents constipation and can even increase the range of helpful microbes in your gut. Find something you love, and aim for 30 active minutes each day.
4. Go big on plants – Plant-based foods are packed with nutrients that are important for gut health. Fill your plate with lots of colourful fruits and veggies, aiming for 5-6 different types a day.
5. Power up with prebiotics – Prebiotics are special types of fibres that increase beneficial microbes in the gut. Prebiotics are naturally found in onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus and artichoke, but you can also top up levels with a supplement like Bimuno®.