Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Gut Health 101

Share This Post

What You Need To Know For A Healthy, Happy Gut

When it comes to wellness, gut health is all the rage right now. But why is a healthy gut so important for your long-term health, and how can you achieve it? 

If you want to know more about how the gut works and how to support a healthy gut, you’ve come to the right place.

What makes up the gut?

The terminology of ‘gut’ can be a little misleading, as it is not just one big organ or pipe sitting in the middle of your body. There are many organs and tissues that make up the gut, including:

  • Mouth and tongue
  • Oesophagus
  • Stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Large intestine
  • Anus
  • Liver, pancreas and gallbladder (these are accessory organs that sit outside of the digestive tract itself)

Along with these organs, there are two other areas to consider when it comes specifically to gut health – the gut lining and the microbiome. These two are closely linked, and when one is impaired, the other is likely close behind.

The gut lining

The gut itself is a hollow tube, but it is only separated from the bloodstream by an extremely thin layer – the gut lining. It is the job of the gut lining to let the good things in (like nutrients) and the bad things out (like harmful bacteria and undigested food).

This intersection between gut and blood is where the absorption of energy and nutrients takes place. If there is inflammation or damage, you will absorb less nutrition, which can lead to deficiencies. 

When something goes wrong with the gut lining, you might hear it referred to as ‘increased intestinal permeability’ or ‘leaky gut’. 

As the barrier is no longer optimal, it can let toxins and pathogenic microbes into the bloodstream, contributing to poor health and disease. In fact, the dysfunction of the gut lining has been associated with many digestive conditions and other chronic diseases.

The gut microbiome

One of the most important pieces of your health is not you at all – it’s the trillions of microbes that reside in your digestive tract, particularly the large intestine. This is what we refer to as the microbiome. 

It develops when you are a young child, and forms a symbiotic or beneficial relationship with you. When you eat, you nourish the microbes in your gut. In return, they can offer aid with digestion, produce beneficial compounds such as short-chain fatty acids, and defence against harm. 

For you to reap these benefits, it’s important to maintain a good balance of microbes. Otherwise, you could develop dysbiosis – when harmful microbes become dominant in the gut. This can contribute to digestive symptoms and even disease.

Why is gut health important?

The gut plays so many vital roles in your overall wellbeing. It is needed for the breakdown and absorption of nutrients and energy that every cell in the body needs to function. Then it carries a large amount of the body’s waste materials out via bowel movements. 

But there is more to the gut than just adding in fuel and taking away the waste. Around 70-80% of the immune system’s tissues and cells are found in the digestive tract. An imbalance in the gut can lead to lowered immunity, or it could contribute to overactive immunity (autoimmunity). 

Then there is the gut-brain axis – a two-way relationship where the gut can influence the brain and vice versa. One of the main ways that the gut can affect your nervous system is through the production of neurotransmitters, or brain chemicals.

If that wasn’t enough, there are mechanisms that can affect the entire body. For example, some bacteria can contribute to general inflammation, rather than just local inflammation in the gut. This can cause health concerns in any area of the body, depending on where you are most vulnerable.

Put simply, if you want to live a long, healthy life – gut health has to be a priority.

How can I support my gut health?

Want to give your gut a helping hand, but not sure where to begin? These simple steps can start you on the path to better gut health.

Eat a variety of wholefoods

When it comes to supporting your gut health, variety is key. The greater the variety of foods that you eat, the more diverse the microbes in your digestive tract become. The more diverse these microbes, the healthier you (and your gut) become.

You want to focus your diet on mostly wholefoods. This is because wholefoods have not been processed in a way that removes vital nutrients that support your gut and overall wellbeing. For example, wholegrains still have the bran that houses most of the fibre content, along with B vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Add some good bacteria

Another easy nutrition tweak is to add fermented foods into your diet. Fermented foods are a source of probiotics or microbes that can benefit your health. 

As these probiotics travel through the gut, many of the potential benefits are related to gut health. But they can also have overall health benefits including reduced risk of inflammation and chronic disease.

Reach for fermented foods such as:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Pickled vegetables 
  • Miso
  • Tempeh
  • Natto
  • Yoghurt and cheese that contain live cultures

You can also add in fermented drinks including:

  • Milk kefir
  • Water kefir
  • Kombucha

Are you new to fermented foods? It’s recommended that you start with small amounts to begin with, and build up over time. Otherwise, you may experience symptoms such as gas, bloating and discomfort if you consume too much, too soon!

Get a good night of sleep

Good gut health isn’t just about what you eat. One lifestyle factor that can have a massive impact on the state of your gut is poor sleep. 

During sleep, the body is still hard at work, resetting and repairing damage that occurs throughout the day. But if you’re not getting enough hours sleep or your sleep quality is poor, your gut may not get this vital TLCL. 

In fact, research has found that if you have high-quality sleep, you’re likely to have a greater diversity of microbes in your gut compared to someone who has poor sleep.

How can you get a good night of rest? Some simple starting points including stopping caffeine after lunchtime, shutting down electronics for an hour before bed, and having a solid routine to help you wind down for sleep.

Manage your stress levels

Another important lifestyle factor for your gut health is stress. Although you might think of stress as ‘all in your head’, it can have very real physical impacts on the body. 

The gut is particularly vulnerable to stress thanks to the two-way relationship of the gut-brain axis. Research shows that stress can alter the balance of microbes in your gut by increasing species that are associated with inflammation and reducing those that are beneficial. 

Stress is not something we can avoid completely, so it’s essential to build up strategies to cope with it. This could include physical activity such as walking and yoga, journaling, spending time in nature or engaging in hobbies. One potential option is meditation or mindfulness, as research supports mindfulness as a method of reducing gut inflammation.

Send Us A Message

More To Explore

Gut health

Gut Healing Carrot Salad

Ingredients (4 serves):• 500g carrots, grated. (Ideally organic)• ½ red onion, finely sliced• Zest & juice of 1 lemon• 2 tsp toasted cumin seeds• 2cm

Read More »

Gut Health 101


More Posts

40 周年慶宣傳片

观看由创办人 Ian Brighthope教授为大家回顾了 Nutrition Care 的历史,並向大家保证将会继续坚持纯自然和更专业的理念,为世界人们提供高质量的保健品。

Read More »

Nutrition Care 40周年庆-自然更健康

            2018年4月26日,Nutrition Care在墨尔本举办庆典庆祝品牌创立40周年。 Nutrition Care是澳洲著名的保健品生产商,其创立于1978年,40年来一直致力于减少药品的使用。而此次40周年庆典的主题——自然更专业,也是他们长久以来希望传达给消费者的理念。26日下午1点半,Nutrition Care的40周年庆在墨尔本的Crown正式拉开序幕。                      (著名主持人李维嘉,品牌创始人Ian Brighthope,澳洲名模Lauren Vickers) 此次庆典上,Nutrition

Read More »


5月13日,Nutrition Care首次冠名全澳大学生华语辩论赛——NC纽新宝杯决赛于墨尔本市政厅成功举行!              本次辩论赛由澳洲著名保健品品牌NC纽新宝独家冠名,活动到场嘉宾有中国驻墨尔本总领事馆教育组杨智勇领事,本次评委阵容亦相当强大,其中就包括《奇葩说》著名辩手陈铭与胡渐彪 。 决赛双方分别是莫纳什大学中文辩论社和墨尔本大学中华辩论社,双方就【消费主义是当代灵魂的良药还是毒药】这一辩题,站在不同的角度,深度剖析。  最终,莫纳什大学代表队的表现获得了评委们的一致青睐,夺得本届全澳辩论赛中冠军。                 比赛结束后,胡渐彪评委深入浅出解读【良药】【毒药】的定义,给辩手和台下观众们带来更深层次的思考。徐卓阳评委更是以赞助商NC纽新宝在台上的养胃粉为例,幽默而又直观地对话题进行了概括,通俗易懂,却又发人深思。Nutrition Care品牌创始人Ian Brighthope虽不能亲自到场,但特意录制了一段祝贺视频给参赛选手们。视频中Ian教授感谢选手们的付出,在母亲节这样特殊的日子里,他提醒远离家人的留学生们,要注意自己的身体健康,因为健康对他们而言,是在异乡追逐人生梦想最重要的急事之一。 最後,NC纽新宝为嘉宾、评委们以及每一位前来参加活动的观众准备了养胃小礼物,让大家在观 看辩论赛时感到暖心暖胃。 

Read More »

Send Us A Message


Get Free Shipping

Get free shipping on your first order* when you enter your details below.

*A minimum purchase of $25 is required. Always read the labeland follow the directions for use.