Gut health is all the rage at the moment and it will no doubt get even more hype (and rightly so) as everyone's new year's resolutions eagerly kick in and the research base expands.
What is a synbiotic?
A synbiotic is when you take a probiotic and a prebiotic together.
I have heard of a probiotics but what is a prebiotic?
Prebiotics are ingredients that you gut bacteria love as they chomp them up and help them to thrive. Examples are substances called Inulin and Galactooligosaccharides (try say that word ten times fast!).
You also get them in foods such as asparagus stems, flax, Jersulam artichokes etc. (see links below).
So what can I do to improve to improve my gut health?
Good question with no easy answer as the evidence based is evolving.
Start by consulting an appropriate healthcare professional. There may not be a one-size-fits-all solution. There is a trend in the research to suggest personalised medicine is going to be the optimal solution going forward.
I think most people would agree on the "plates over pills" approach. This means that overall health and gut health will improve with a "healthy" diet, a "healthy"relationship to food, and a "healthy" lifestyle.
What does a "healthy" lifestyle look like to you?
What does a "healthy" diet look like to you?
What is realistically possible to improve your gut health in your circumstances?
What am I experimenting with?
Last year I completed the 12 week course with Symprove.
I am now going to try ProVen probiotics.
I am awaiting from Seed to delivery to the UK.
Dr Rupy Aujla: The Doctor's Kitchen