Now that we have all well and truly recovered from the Christmas and New Year’s food binge, it is time to get our gut health back on track for 2021!
Although that pavlova, champagne and chocolate tasted incredible and, of course, was the right choice at the time (really, who would say no?!), it’s true that these foods can be extremely harmful to our gut microbiome. Eating processed foods and foods high in fat and sugar can seriously reduce the growth of good bacteria, which in turn can cause inflammation of the gut or upset our metabolism and immune system.
But there is no need to fear …. because HEMP is here!
That’s right, our fibre packed Hemp Balance powder is here to save all your gut health worries! So, let’s explore the nitty-gritty of gut health and just why hemp is the answer.
Our gut is made up of a hundred trillion tiny pieces of different gut bacteria called the microbiome. To give an idea of the scale of this, our gut contains 10 times more bacterial cells than cells in the human body… ummm mind blown!
According to Harvard Medical School, our gut also plays a massive role in our mood and mental health. Approximately 90% of serotonin receptors are actually found in our gut, so it practically has a mind of its own. Gut mind blown!! When the balance between good and bad bacteria is upset, diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, diabetes, and mood problems can occur.
Okay, so it’s essential to keep your gut bacteria in tip-top shape, but how does one do that? Dr Eric Martens from the University of Michigan Medical School recommends eating plenty of dietary fibre. According to Martens, “of all the different major nutrient groups that we eat, fiber is the one component of our diet that directly feeds our gut microbiota.”
Oh, and we’re happy to say that this is where APH Hemp Balance can help! A tablespoon of Hemp Balance contains more than 40% of our daily requirements of dietary fibre.
Not only that, but Hemp Balance also contains all the good stuff, both insoluble and soluble fibre, which benefit the gut in different ways.
Insoluble fibre is the tough plant-based matter sometimes known as ‘roughage’. It isn’t broken down by the gut and absorbed into the bloodstream. It performs that critical task of aiding your digestive system to ‘keep you regular.
On the other hand, soluble fibre absorbs water in the gut to form a gel-like substance that the digestive system uses to help soften stool. Very important if we don’t want uncomfy trips to the lavatory! Soluble fibre also acts as a prebiotic, creating a feeding ground for probiotics or, in other words, good gut bacteria.
Have we lost you?
In a nutshell, we should be consuming between 25 to 30 grams of fibre a day, and a single serve of Mt. Elephant Hemp Flour will get you halfway there!