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Almost two thousand years ago, Ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates said:"All disease begins in the gut".
Today health experts and physicians generally agree with Hippocrates on his views about gut health. Gut, or in simple words, our digestive system is the essential part of our body. Only a healthy and properly functioning digestive system can ensure good overall health. The term Gut health is used for the balance of bacteria and other micro-organisms that live in our digestive tract. A healthy and functioning gut is vital for the overall well-being of the body.
Therefore, it is necessary to maintain the balance of these micro-organisms in our gut to ensure a perfect digestive system. These microbes are responsible for our physical, mental and immunity as well. According to an estimate, there are around 100 trillion bacteria, viruses, yeasts and other microbes. Majority of these are beneficial, but there are harmful bacteria as well. A perfect healthy gut is one which has a balance between both useful and harmful micro-organisms.
The food you eat is the determining factor of the type of bacteria in your body. If you eat healthy food, then you are promoting the healthy bacteria in your gut, but if you regularly eat junk food, then the number of harmful bacteria surpasses the good ones. The food you eat feeds not only you but also the bacteria living in your body. There are different ways to promote healthy bacteria in your body.
The most important thing is to eat healthy food. Do not just rely on one type of food but eat a variety of organic and natural foods. There must be diversity in your eating habits. You have to eat equal amounts of different types of nutrients to stay healthy. Various food items such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and pulses contain the right amount of fibre. By eating these foods, we can increase the number of good bacteria in our body.
Fibre is a type of carbohydrate which is very important for healthy digestion. It not only improves digestion but is also essential for heart health. It normalizes our bowel movement and prevents constipation. As per the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), It is required to eat at least 25 grams of fibre per day. But no one can meet this daily requirement by eating whole foods.
All organic products and natural foods are good for keeping our body healthy, but it is not possible to get all nutrients from food. An adult body requires 19-20 milligrams of iron per day. To meet that requirement, you have to eat almost 1 kilogram of spinach every day. That amount of spinach is not possible to eat every day. Similarly, you cannot eat other types of foods in bulk to keep your body healthy. For this purpose, there are over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplements available in the market.
The purpose of dietary supplements is to provide the required daily amount of nutrients to your body. You might need one or two servings of such supplements each day to meet your daily quota. The market for supplements has become a multi-billion dollar industry. In Australia alone, there are numerous pharmaceutical companies are now manufacturing supplements, and you can easily find these supplements in almost all Chemists around Australia. But many of those "natural supplements" have very little natural in them. They use artificial flavours, sweeteners, colours and preservatives.
Herbs have been used for thousands of years to treat different infections and diseases in our body. Unlike medicines and drugs, herbs have less or zero side effects. This is the reason that there is growing popularity of herbal supplements and products. This is the reason that big drug firms have started to conduct experiments to test the effectiveness of these herbs.
Before buying off the shelf supplements, you must make sure that those are 100% organic. There are hundreds of so-called "natural supplements" available in the market which are not so helpful to good health. Start considering purchasing 100% herbal supplements because they contain zero chemicals. Make sure that these supplements do not contain chemicals, and are obtained entirely from plants. Your supplements should be free from herbs infected with pesticides, herbicides and other heavy metals. Also, if you are allergic to gluten and other allergens, then make sure your supplements are free from those. Only buy supplements from an authentic and registered brand so that their products are safer to use.
Herbal supplements are better than synthetic supplements in many ways. They are wholly absorbed by the body, unlike synthetic ones that are absorbed 35-40%. Herbal supplements contain natural ingredients that are obtained from natural sources. Our body is designed to benefit from them the most. Natural supplements contain phytonutrients that are an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant, which boosts our immune system and perform cellular repair function.
If you are taking fibre supplements for your gut health, then make sure that it contains natural ingredients. Psyllium husk, Hibiscus Sabdariffa, Rosehip, Liquorice Root, Rheum Palmatum, Chlorella Vulgaris, Cascara Bark are examples of good natural ingredients. These ingredients are the best source of high-quality fibre for your body. In addition to fibre, quality herbal supplements also contain a good amount of proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, sodium, iron and several other minerals. All of these natural ingredients are vital for our body.
Right dietary supplements are essential for strengthening your immune system against diseases. They also ensure healthy blood formation in the body and provides an adequate amount of energy. Supplements also contribute to counter the feeling of fatigue and tiredness. Besides, they are necessary for regular oxygen transport to the cells of the body. Fibre and iron-rich supplements are also responsible for healthy and normal cognitive functions.
Last but not least, always consult with your physician or healthcare professional before taking any supplement or medicine. Especially if you are using other medication, then make sure it does not react with your supplements.