When we think ‘bacteria’, we tend to think of the word as a negative. However, our bodies are actually full of trillions of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Collectively known as the microbiome, many of these live inside our gut. While we might associate some bacteria with disease and infection, many are important for our bodily functions, including our immune system, weight, heart and other aspects of our wellbeing. With that in mind, here are just a few ways you can help your ‘good’ gut bacteria do their job.
3 ways to boost gut bacteria
Take a prebiotic
You’ve probably heard of probiotics, but did you know that prebiotics are just as important? In fact, they provide your ‘good’ bacteria with the nutrition they need to stay healthy. Enter Bimuno® DAILY, the award-winning prebiotic powder supplement that makes gut health simple. The most studied prebiotic of its kind, Bimuno supports bifidobacteria. Moreover, this ‘good’ gut bacteria is linked to digestive health, mental health, immunity – even how well we sleep! Bimuno DAILY is easy to include in your everyday routine. Simply stir the taste-free powder into your morning tea, coffee or juice.
Scrape your tongue
Acknowledging the harmony between gut health and skin, Urban Veda’s ancient philosophy of Ayurveda brings holistic rituals that promote internal and external health as well as well-being to the forefront of modern-day living. The Ayurvedic ritual of ‘tongue scraping’ is an integral ritual. In fact, it’s linked to improving the gut microbiome as it removes the build-up of white mucus-like toxins on the tongue. This can help to prevent gut inflammation, which can be caused by ingesting the toxins. Made from naturally cleansing copper, use the Urban Veda tongue scraper each morning to also promote healthy oral hygiene, heightened taste-bud sensitivity and appeased bad breath.
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Eat kefir yoghurt
There’s been a lot of talk about the role of fermented foods in maintaining a healthy gut. The importance of having a diverse microbiome and the links between gut health, immunity and general wellbeing are also well-known. The method of fermenting yoghurt to make kefir has been around for ages. Try Yeo Valley‘s latest addition. The Fruited Kefir 4 Packs are lovingly made with all the goodness of organic British milk and 14 distinctive strains of lactic cultures. Formulated to help encourage gut flora diversity, they can help you maintain a healthy and balanced digestive system every day. In fact, they’re perfect straight from your fridge or on-the-go, making these little pots easy to fit into your daily lifestyle.
The kefir Fruited ‘Love Your Gut’ 4 packs are available in: Raspberry, Strawberry and Mango & Passion Fruit flavours. Available at all major supermarkets, £2.