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A Healthy Gut = Healthy Sleep

Many of you may well be aware that the Pineal Gland needs sunlight and darkness to help maintain your body& Circadian Rhythm and, crucially, to produce the sleep hormone, Melatonin.   However, recent research 1 has confirmed that the gut is, by far, the largest producer of Melatonin, meaning there is even more reason to care for your gut health.  The gut monitors your immune system for much of the day, so vital is your gut health to overall health and wellbeing. Gut health also affects our mental health so getting the gut flora right now is a priority as we go into the flu season and potentially, a resurgence of Covid-19.  If you have a healthy gut and, in turn, immune system, you will be able fend off most illness more effectively.  From today, start taking one of the following daily:

Kefir

Eat 2-3 dessertspoons of natural Kefir yoghurt first thing in the morning. Kefir is a fermented milk drink and is an excellent probiotic, helping to lay the foundations in which healthy gut flora will thrive.  It’s like the soil from which healthy gut flora will grow. It is a unique, living food, containing live enzymes, yeasts and many strains of probiotic bacteria that benefit the digestive tract.  It is an excellent source of antioxidants, perfect for a healthy immune system. Yeo Valley Natural is a good quality, easily available brand.  If you’re happy to make your own kefir, you can order organic kefir granules and start feeding with organic full fat milk. See below for recommended supplier link.

Kombucha

If you prefer a dairy free option, you might also want to consider taking Kombucha, a fermented drink made from sweetened tea and a specific culture known as a ‘scoby’. Scoby stands for ‘symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts’. The bacteria and yeasts convert the sugar into ethanol and acetic acid. The acetic acid is what gives kombucha its distinctive sour taste.  It is an excellent source of probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Sauerkraut & Kimchi

Sleepability is partnering with a superb UK company whose website is a font of knowledge in all matters fermented!  I am in the process of arranging a discount for my subscribers and clients, but meantime, click here for more information. https://happykombucha.co.uk/

Probiotic Supplements

If you want a more convenient option, you can purchase a supplement which will help populate the gut and help your overall immunity.  You can order your supplements from the Natural Dispensary via Sleepability and benefit from a 10-15% discount off of their RRP.  Contact me for more details.

General Healthy Gut Tips

Making these simple changes in your daily routine will really help your gut health which will boost your immune system and help with overall health & wellbeing.  Moreover, it will help to boost your Melatonin levels so you can sleep better, naturally. 

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References
1 Li et al, 2018: – ‘The role of the microbiome in insomnia, circadian disturbance and insomnia –
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6290721/

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