In your daily life, do you:
- get stomach upset easily? (bloating, constipation, diarrhea etc.)
- sleep less than 8 hours daily and always feel tired?
- experienced skin irritation? (eczema or psoriasis etc.)
- take antibiotics over a long period of time?
Maintaining good balance of gut bacteria
If your answer is yes to one or more of the above, you will need to take better care of your gut health. There are about 200 different types of bacteria, viruses and fungi in our digestive tract. Even though some of these microorganisms are harmful, but there are also many that are beneficial in maintaining a healthy body. Research studies have shown that good gut bacteria will form barrier in keeping out harmful substances, viruses and bacteria. An imbalance of gut bacteria will increase inflammation and affect our body immune system. This will in turn increase the risk of us getting health conditions such as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriatic arthritis.
- Manage your stress by exercising regularly or spend quality time with family and friends
- Get 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Do see a doctor if you have trouble sleeping.
- Eat slowly and stay hydrated
- Take prebiotics and probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that are beneficial to our gut health while prebiotics are fibres that promotes growth of good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics are commonly found in yoghurt, fermented food such as kimchi and tempeh. Prebiotics are found in fibre-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables.