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#NSCExams2017: Foods that ease an upset gut


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Most of us have been through it — hours before your first exam and that all too familiar feeling of butterflies in the stomach starts to set in.

Whether you’ve prepared or not, once those exam nerves kick in, it’s hard calming them down and students around the world can attest to the fact that the brain and gut are linked. And it’s this “gut feeling” that’s receiving more attention by scientists with exciting new discoveries supporting the link between the brain and the gut.

Each person has his or her very own composition of gut microbiota, much like a unique fingerprint. These gut microbes play a vital role in good digestion, immunity, producing nutrients like folate and vitamin K, and maintaining the health of the gut. Sometimes the gut microbiota can be disturbed, which is often referred to as gut dysbiosis.

To prevent this, a healthy diet is paramount in creating diversity in the gut microbiota. In addition to high fibre foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains, fermented foods such as yoghurt help to support a healthy gut. Yoghurt is a fermented dairy product and source of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates that are essential to health.