Gut Health - More Important Than You Realise

Gut Health

We all want to be healthy, but very few of us are achieving this goal. With disease and obesity ever increasing in our world, we have to stop and ask the question, ‘What are we doing that is not working?’

Don Chisholm originalDon Chisholm, author of Have You Got The Guts To Be Really Healthy? recently held a talk in Stanthorpe, informing attendees of the truth behind why world health is still declining despite medical advances and how you can benefit from a truly unique approach to your life. One of the answers lies in a very simple phrase: we are not what we eat, we are what we absorb.

Through better nutrition and focusing on gut health - including the gut microbiome, Don has been able to turn his own failing health around and is living proof of his own findings.

We are increasingly hearing more and more about the importance of gut health, and what's exciting is that scientific studies are being performed that confirm what pioneers such as Don Chisholm have been saying.

There are a couple of tips that can help with gut health:

Eat more foods containing resistant starches. 

Most of your gut bacteria – in fact 95 per cent – are found in the large bowel. And for them to support a number of functions, including helping you to absorb the nutrients from the foods you eat, they need to feed on resistant starches.

Choose wholegrain over white bread.

Nourishing your gut can also benefit health by regulating blood sugar and insulin levels. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that insulin response was significantly lower in people who ate resistant starch rich bread, compared to those who consumed regular white wheat bread.


Eat a wide variety of foods.

A good rule of thumb for gut health is to eat a diet high in wholefoods.  A diet high in fibre often equates to a diet that is high in resistant starches.  Fermented foods and probiotic foods will help your good gut flora flourish.

We have some copies of Don's book, Have You Got The Guts To Be Really Healthy?, as well as the probiotic products that support better gut health, available in store.

Gut brain connection 298x300Additionally, recent studies have found links between gut health and the brain - the gut/brain connection.  The basic premise is that if your gut health is poor, certain chemicals and hormones essential for healthy brain activity are lacking and can lead to other complications such as depression and anxiety.

Gut health is a fascinating field that has only recently received focused attention.  With more and more research being performed, there's going to be some exciting developments in the future.

Earlier this year, Richard Fidler from ABC's Conversations radio programme interviewed German scientist and doctoral candidate Giulia Enders on the topic of Gut Health.

Giulia's main area of interest is the link between the human digestive system and overall physical and mental wellbeing.

She says there's mounting evidence that understanding the complex workings of the gut may provide clues to greater all-'round health.

It's a fascinating interview.  You can listen to it online by visiting http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-giulia-enders/8341554

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