How healing your gut might help your thyroid

 

We've only just started making the connection between the gut and our health, but 2500 years ago Hippocrates was bang on the money when he said "All disease begins in the gut."

Today, we recognise the connection between gut and health for a whole host of different health issues, and most especially thyroid-related conditions and autoimmune diseases.

How so?

Well, one cause of hypothyroidism (where your body doesn't produce enough hormones) is leaky gut syndrome; when the walls of your intestine literally 'leak' bacteria and other nasties into your bloodstream, triggering your body to produce antibodies. Ordinarily, your antibodies will fight off foreign invaders and restore the body to good health. With leaky gut, the condition is ongoing, so your antibodies continue the attack, causing chronic inflammation and tissue damage. It's one of the most common causes of autoimmune diseases such as Hashimotos.

Conversely, your thyroid contributes to the health of your gut by releasing important hormones which help manage gut inflammation.

Put plainly, you can't have a healthy gut without a healthy thyroid, and you can't have a healthy thyroid without a healthy gut.

Recent reports have suggested that probiotics, such as kombucha and kefir, can help by enhancing the production of special proteins that line the gut, reducing your risk of inflammation and even potentially reversing leaky gut syndrome.

3 Natural ways to improve gut health

1. Take probiotics, every day

Probiotics are the good guys, the live bacteria that live in our gut and are beneficial for our bodies.

You can find them in the food you eat, take them as supplements, or even - gasp - drink them in fermented drinks such as kombucha, kefir and probiotic waters. Yep, not all heroes wear capes, my friend.

2. Avoid artificial sweeteners

While many brands are reducing the amount of added sugar in their products (big yayyy!), they're replacing it with something just as nasty: artificial sweeteners (big booo).

Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame have been shown to have a direct effect on your gut flora, increasing the level of bad bacteria that can lead to disease. 

Always check your labels for good, natural sweeteners such as stevia (derived from a plant) or erythritol (a natural sugar alcohol).

3. Eat more veggies and fruits 

Yep, there's no getting away from it: eating more fibre in the form of densely nutritious veggies and fruit is one of the best things you can do for your gut health.

While fibre can't be digested by your body, it can be digested by certain good bacteria in your gut. This stimulates their growth, resulting in a healthy happy tummy.

Which probiotics should you choose?

 

If you're looking for a probiotic such as kombucha or kefir to help manage your thyroid condition, it's important to choose one containing healthy bacteria that can make it all the way to your insides.

Yep, we hate to say it, but not all probiotics are created equal. Some commercial kombuchas and kefirs contain bacteria that can barely make it out of the fridge, let alone survive the journey to your intestines. That's why it's important to look for a specific strain of bacteria in the ingredients list. Scientists say that bacillus coagulans are your best bet for making it safely to your gut. They're extra tough to make it all the way to your intestines and do the work that's needed to help promote a healthy gut.

Brands like Nexba, the creators of naturally sugar free probiotic drinks, are champions of bacillus coagulans. They only use this strain of live, immunity-boosting probiotics in their kombucha.

 

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Nexba Kombucha

Nexba Kombucha is a lightly sparkling naturally sugar free probiotic drink available in five delicious flavours.

The Nexba Difference

Naturally Sugar Free

While some probiotic drinks still contain sugar, Nexba drinks are independently assessed and contain NO sugar. None, nada, nope and nuthin'.

No Artificial Sweeteners

We use a special blend of NATURAL sweeteners and source only NATURAL ingredients, so we don't need anything artificial in our drinks, ever. Period.

Amazing taste

Some folk think that natural and healthy has to taste bland and blehh. Not the Nexba Crew. We promise full flavour and awesomely delish combos all day, errrry day.

Smart and robust probiotics

Have you met our superhero probiotic, Bacillus Coagulans? Without need of refrigeration he's capable of making it from bottle to gut in a single inhuman bound.

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