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Winter wellness starts in your gut: Understanding the power of microbiome.

As winter approaches, it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to your gut health. A healthy gut plays a vital role in overall wellbeing, including immune function, digestion, and mental health.

“In winter many people focus on boosting their immune systems to ward off colds and flu. However, few people realise that looking after your gut microbiome is just as important for overall health and wellness during the colder months,” explains Vitaderm marketing manager Ruan Winter.

Your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. These microorganisms play a critical role in maintaining a healthy immune system, producing essential nutrients, and regulating metabolism. However, factors like stress, poor diet, and exposure to toxins can disrupt the balance of your gut microbiome, leading to a range of health issues.

Winter provides the below reasons why looking after your gut health is so important and what you should be doing or taking to assist it:

Boosting immune function – 70% of our immune system is located in our gut, making it an essential factor in fighting off infections and illnesses. A healthy gut can help to boost the immune system by supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria, which help to fight off harmful bacteria and viruses. Eating a diet high in fibre, probiotics, and prebiotics can help to promote a healthy gut microbiome and support immune function.

Preventing winter weight gain – Winter often brings with it indulgent comfort foods and a decrease in physical activity, which can lead to weight gain. A healthy gut microbiome can help to regulate weight by controlling appetite, balancing blood sugar levels, and reducing inflammation. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, along with regular exercise, can help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent winter weight gain.

Managing mood and mental health – The gut-brain connection is a powerful link that plays a significant role in mood and mental health. The gut produces many neurotransmitters, including serotonin and dopamine, which are essential for regulating mood and emotions. A healthy gut can help to improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Eating a healthy diet and taking a supplement can help to support the gut-brain connection and promote positive mental health.

Supplement – By taking a supplement regularly, you can improve digestion, boost your immune system, and feel your best all winter long. Vitaderm’s Baobab superfood powder offers a potent dose of vitamins and minerals that supplement the recommended daily intake of essential nutrients boosting wellness from within. The Baobab fruit powder is high in fibre, nourishing the existing probiotic bacteria in the gut and promoting an optimally functioning microbiome. Antioxidant benefits are due to its Vitamin C, bio-flavonoid and phyto-chemical content which helps protect cells from oxidative damage, while Vitamin B3 helps to keep the skin, nervous system, and digestive system healthy. The Baobab Powder is an excellent source of plant-based protein making it ideal for those following a plant-based lifestyle.

Stay hydrated – Drinking plenty of water and other fluids is important for gut health, especially when indoor heating can cause dry air and dehydration.

Sleep well – Getting enough sleep is essential for overall health, including gut health. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night to help keep your gut healthy.

For more information visit the Vitaderm website


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