Over the past few years, the relatively obscure topic of gut health has gone mainstream. It’s an exciting step in the right direction, as gut health really is incredibly important for overall health and wellbeing, and we would all benefit greatly from eating in a gut healthy manner. It?s fascinating to see the sharp increase in interest, as demonstrated by the Google Trends chart below. Those who have been eating for gut health know that this trend is only the beginning.
Google Trends for Gut Health Search
Why is Gut Healthy Eating so popular now"
Of all nutritional interventions, gut healthy eating has been the most powerful tool for my family?s health journey. The unbelievable impact from eating food for gut health that we?ve personally experienced (see Isaac?s story here) is what led me to create my online program, Quirky Cooking for Gut Health, where get into the practical “how to’s” of gut health based on the GAPS protocol, with videos, tutorials, meal plans and recipes. I wanted to share the information and simple ‘food hacks’ that we found most helpful for beginning this way of eating, which is why I wrote the program.
Our gut plays many roles when it comes to our health and well being. The health of the gut itself is therefore paramount when it comes to the larger health of the individual. There are two major factors to consider when looking at gut health:
the state of the gut lining, and
the state of the gut microbiome.
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The Gut Lining
The lining of our gut absorbs and transports nutrients across the intestinal wall. This is facilitated by the semi-permeable nature of the gut lining, which allows small particles of nutrients to cross into the blood stream but stops larger molecules, such as proteins and microbes from entering. The gut lining is also where the most number of immune cells are produced. If the gut lining is not healthy, our ...