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Ever Had That Gut Feeling About Something?

 width= Your gut is not called your "second brain" for nothing. More and more experts are learning and understanding how important gut health is to our general well being.

Want to avoid winter or seasonal flu?

Then eating with your "gut health" in mind is the best way to go. Research has shown that having a healthy microbiome will help to regulate your metabolism, break down food during the digestive process, protect your body from harmful infections and even produce certain vitamins. Ideally, you should be including a healthy blend of probiotics and prebiotics in your diet to ensure that your microbiome can do its job.

But what are microbiomes?

According to Dr. Dan Robertson (medical officer at Push Doctor), they are a small habitat of living things. He says: "When we talk about microbiomes, we are talking about the billions of good bacteria - along with some viruses and fungi - that live in your body, most of which are found in your gut." Apparently those microbes living in the body are clever at adapting to our environmental changes. Our health status, stress, diet, age, gender and everything we touch can keep changing the composition of our gut bacteria. But those microbes will help to sort everything out. Research has discovered that the microbiome can affect many of the conditions that we suffer from - including asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

How to include probiotics and prebiotics in your diet

Here is the way to go. For probiotics, include natural yogurt, tempeh (soy products), sauerkraut, keffir (a fermented milk beverage) and miso. For prebiotics, include raw garlic, leeks, chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes and bananas. Even that familiar feeling of "butterflies" in the stomach is part of our gut health with that second brain in our gut partly determining our mental state.