Hippocrates once said: “All disease begins in the gut”. The health of our digestive system (or gut) is vital to our overall wellbeing. Largely responsible for the critical functions of the body’s digestive and immune systems, is the microbiome found in the digestive system and which can affect the body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulations, digestion, vitamin production, immune response and the ability to eliminate toxins as well as the overall mental health.
The microbiome is defined as the collective genomes of the microbes, composed of bacteria, bacteriophage, fungi, protozoa and viruses that live inside and on the human body. The microbiome lives in the gut and in any openings of the human body. 80% of the immune system is the microbiome.
An unbalanced gut microbiome leads to many symptoms, which are common these days and include: acid reflux, bloating and irregular bowl movements to name a few.
Here are some things you can do to help support the natural microbiome process that keeps your gut healthy:
- Consume more polyphenols1 rich foods. Polyphenols are micronutrients that we obtain through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits.
- Enjoy more foods naturally high in probiotics and in the fibre-rich prebiotics that help those good bugs thrive.
- Include more nutritional proteins and minerals in your diet to help maintain beneficial bacteria. Rich in the protein Lactoferrin and containing four organic plant ingredients, Nikken’s Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0™ can help with the natural absorption of iron and is gentle on the digestive system, supporting the good gut bacteria that is so crucial for overall wellbeing.
- Add more enzymes to your diet. The more effectively your stomach is able to work at properly breaking down foods before they enter the rest of the digestive tract, the better. Nikken’s Kenzen® Digestion Complex 4-20 is a balanced combination of twenty natural enzymes, which may help support normal digestion and nutrient absorption. Another great supplement that works in synergy with this supplement is the Nikken Kenzen® Cleansedx, formulated with a blend of 100% organic ingredients, including Milk Thistle, all of which may contribute to the support or maintenance of normal liver function and digestion.
Take care of your gut to support better bathroom habits, a healthier immune response — and even a better, brighter mood.
This blog provides information only. It is not intended as medical advice, or a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should also consult your doctor before taking any nutritional supplements if you are already taking any nutritional supplements, if you are already taking medicines prescribed by your doctor, if you have an illness or if you think you might be pregnant.