Nourish that gut feeling
The power of the microbiome
You might have heard of probiotics, usually specific strains of bacteria that directly add to the population of healthy microbes in your gut. Prebiotics are different in that they are specialized plant fibers. They act like fertilizers that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. You can take probiotics through both food and supplements.
Foods that contain prebiotics are chicoree, dandelion greens, topinambur, and asparagus and they would feed healthy microorganisms which are contained in fermented foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi, kefir, yoghurt. It is believed that this may have a direct impact of your mood an sex drive because a major part of serotonin is produced in the gut. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which impacts many aspects of human behaviour as well as aiding sleep and digestion.
For further info on the microbiome and pre, pro and synbiotics check out
The bbc podcast or join the free course by Jason Hawrelak.
The gentle detox
Ayurvedic Remedies for slow digestion
Have a ginger appetiser before meals: grate 1tsp. fresh ginger root and add a pinch of mineral salt and a few drops of lime. Chew and swallow this about 10 minutes before a meal to awaken your digestive fire.