A healthy digestive system is at the core of good health and wellbeing, so it’s important that your digestive system is getting enough good bacteria to ensure a healthy bacteria balance in the gut.
There are trillions of bacteria that inhabit our gut comprising some 400-500 different strains both beneficial (good) and harmful. For us to have a well-functioning gut, it’s important that these bacteria are in harmony.
‘Good’ bacteria includes the important Lactobacillus acidophilus, L.casei and Bifidobacteria which are all found in all Jalna pot set yoghourts.
Having the right balance of good bacteria in our gut helps to enhance immune function, aids digestion, protects against infections and promotes a healthy barrier against certain germs and viruses and may even influence mood disorders like anxiety and depression.
When the balance of good and harmful bacteria is altered it can lead to problems such as diarrhoea, bloating, wind, constipation, and discomfort.
Diet is critical in managing gut health so it’s important to ensure that each member of your family is eating a diet rich in gut-friendly foods. Studies have shown a change in gut bacteria can occur within 24 hours following a dietary change.
In order to maintain a healthy digestive system and correct balance of ‘good’ bacteria, a good rule of thumb is to eat a variety of nutritious foods.
Both prebiotic and probiotic foods play an important role by affecting the balance of the gut microbiome or gut flora (bacteria).
One of the key nutrients to maintain gut health is dietary fibre which can have a prebiotic function as it keeps the digestive system happy and provides food for the probiotic (good) bacteria to flourish. Foods that offer a source of dietary fibre include plant foods like whole grains, fruit with skin, plenty of raw or lightly cooked vegetables as well as legumes (beans and lentils).
It is also important to make sure that each family member is well hydrated to help the digestive system to perform at its best.
In summary, ensuring your family’s diet features a lot of fibre-rich foods paired with the good bacteria found in probiotic-rich yoghourt, such a Jalna, and other fermented foods contributes to a healthy gut flora, and a healthy family overall.
Jalna’s Nourish section is packed full of great information about keeping your family healthy and active. You might like to read some extra information from their nutrition adviser, Karen Inge.
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