There’s a whole lot more to our digestive system than we might think. This complex and wonderful system of organs all work together to process the food that we eat - and the thing that's keeping it all working together? Bacteria!Our guts are home to more than 100 trillion bacteria, all working together to keep our digestive system and immune system working nicely. Did you know that If you weighed all of the bacteria living within our guts, it could amount to more than 1kg in total!
It’s all about balanceSometimes, lifestyle factors can damage this wonderful bacteria so it's important to keep it healthy. There are some really simple, small changes we can all make to balance this out:
- Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet full of probiotic and prebiotic rich ingredients.
- Practicing mindfulness and self care to reduce stress levels as much as possible.
- Practicing good food hygiene habits.
What are prebiotics?A prebiotic is a type of nutrient that is vital for gut health. They are ‘food’ for the healthy bacteria within our gut. Prebiotics work alongside probiotics to nourish and boost the healthy bacteria already thriving within our amazing bodies.
What are probiotics?Probiotics are actually living organisms found in foods such as yoghurt. Probiotics are often referred to as ‘friendly gut bacteria’ as they help the body get rid of ‘bad’ types of bacteria which can cause stomach upsets and other illnesses.
The power of porridge - is porridge a prebiotic?Porridge oats contain a special type of fibre (beta-glucan) which is proven to help nourish and replenish levels of healthy gut bacteria as well as maintain normal levels of cholesterol. Find out more about the awesome porridge oat, here! For this reason, porridge oats are a fantastic prebiotic food to eat every day, but just how can we make sure we’re getting enough of these essential probiotic and prebiotic nutrients?
Love Your Gut Week - 4 -10 September 2017The importance of good gut health is highlighted every year during Love Your Gut Week, taking place every September. This campaign highlights just how good bacteria and a healthy gut can help you to feel better than ever!
Probiotic & Prebiotic Toppings TableHere at MOMA, to mark Love Your Gut Week we’ve highlighted which tasty toppings can help you to top your porridge and top up your friendly bacteria too!