Susie Burrell

‘your food, your body, your life’

This is a sponsored post, brought to you by BellyUp.

Drinking for gut health.

In the world of nutrition, gut health is where it is at – foods, supplements and diets that can help to build a healthier gut and keep it there with gut health being associated with disease prevention, weight control and everything in between. Central to this conversation is the role of pro and prebiotics in maintaining gut health and in this discussion are the products such as kombucha and probiotic drinks which are said to offer specific health benefits when it comes to keeping our gut in tip top shape long term. So what exactly do these products do and should we all be drinking our probiotics a lot more often?

The human gut naturally contains a mix of different bacteria which help to keep it working optimally. Probiotics are the ‘good bugs’ found naturally in the digestive tract and adding probiotic rich foods into our diet has been shown to help reduce digestive symptoms such as constipation and bloating, help to restore gut flora after consuming a course of antibiotics and to help rebalance the bacteria required for optimal nutrient absorption. Probiotics are found in a range of foods but most commonly fermented drinks such as kefir, miso and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi.

Prebiotics on the other hand are types of fibre we get from the food we eat that feed probiotics and as such promote the growth and function of different types of good bacteria in the gut. Recent research has emerged that prebiotics may also play a significant role in immune function. Prebiotics found in various fibrous foods move through the digestive tract undigested and then act to feed the good bacteria promoting their growth and optimising gut balance.  As a result the gut is healthier and better able to absorb nutrients as they pass through the digestive tract. 

The interest in probiotics has grown exponentially in recent years as there are very few foods which offer these very specific health benefits for the gut, minus the other sugars and calories we can typically find in the drinks we choose. Adding a daily dose of probiotics via bio-fermented drinks such as BellyUp, can be an easy way to add a regular serve of fermented food and the good bacteria it contains into your diet. There is little research to specifically show ways in which we can boost gut health, but of the research that is available, consuming probiotics regularly via fermented foods appears to be a positive first step towards nourishing your gut from the inside out. 

The key thing to look for is fermented drinks that contain minimal added sugars and have an active source of probiotic – here you can get your daily gut dose of the good bacteria whilst keeping the amount of added sugars in your diet as low as possible.  So if you are on the lookout for a tasty, nutritious, low calorie source of probiotics, look no further than BellyUp.