Maintaining a healthy gut is important for your loved one in the role of digestion and absorption of food. If your loved one has an unhealthy mix of gut bacteria it can increase risks of obesity, diabetes and auto-immune disease.
Sixty and me explains the importance of gut health and how it can help your loved one improve their health.
What does gut bacteria do?
Gut bacteria in the large intenstine helps break down indigestible components of foods. The bacterial products of gut health are key nutrition sources; it also helps regulate your loved one’s appetite. By having healthy bacteria, it can influence your loved ones’ immune system by decreasing inflammation.
Gut bacteria as your loved one ages
As your loved one ages, the gut microbiome changes and becomes less diverse. These changes are influenced by various factors such as medication use and dietary changes. Your loved may also be experiencing changes in their immune system that lead to constant inflammation.
It is important your loved one understands their gut health because disease-causing bacteria growing in the gut can result in infections and pneumonia. Therefore, when your loved one is looking after their gut health it can help protect them against infection.
How your loved one can keep their gut healthy
The dominant and healthy bacterial species in your gut is dependent on your loved one’s diet. Whilst there are probiotic tablets available, it only carries a limited number of bacterial species. However, your loved one can make changes to their diet such as swapping a diet high in sugar and processed foods to one high in fibre including whole grains, vegetables and fruit. This can allow rapid changes in your loved one’s gut bacteria.
Gut health is an important aspect in ensuring your loved one’s overall health and wellbeing. By making these simple changes it can help your loved one sustain a healthy gut.
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