GUT SHOP - 3. REPOPULATE
'Repopulate' refers to the reintroduction of beneficial gut bacteria to obtain a more desirable balance of microflora and support for these probiotics with prebiotic fibres.
Beneficial gut bacteria are also called 'friendly bacteria' or 'probiotics'. The two main sources of probiotics are probiotic supplements and fermented foods. Once you've added more beneficial bacteria into your gut, you need to feed them to keep them alive. Enter: prebiotics. Probiotics LOVE eating a diverse variety plant food. Think of probiotics like little sea monkeys!
Repopulating your gut is important if you were born via cesarean, have taken more than one antibiotic in your life, are not eating a diet that contains a diverse range of foods, not eating enough prebiotics (lentils, chickpeas, beans, oats, bananas, Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, garlic, leeks, onions, nuts), drinking too much alcohol, not doing regular exercise, smoking, are exposed to too much stress, are not getting enough sleep...
The latest research is showing how crucially important probiotics are for so many of our body functions, as well as for the treatment of weak digestion, gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), estrogen detoxification, chelation of heavy metals, various skin conditions, weight loss, strengthening of the immune system, and GI tissue (mucosal) health, intestinal barrier function and digestion.