Hemp seeds and Gut health

Author: Teresa McDowell  Date Posted:11 February 2020 


How can this gut-zy little seed aid gut health?


With the 'rise & rise' of autoimmune diseases and chronic illness there is a growing awareness of the link between gut health and well-being.
A few years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or thyroid condition called 'Graves Disease' which led me on my own healing journey of discovery.
Hippocrates, 'the father of modern medicine' discerned that all disease begins in the gut. While this may not be 100% true for EVERY disease, many chronic metabolic conditions are thought to be caused (or influenced) by chronic gut inflammation.
Our health can be strongly impacted due to the integrity of our microbiome or gut lining. Our gut flora contains billions of bacteria both beneficial and not so beneficial. Our physical and mental health (1) can be effected depending on the delicate balance of these bacteria. The composition of the microbiota can be greatly influenced by environmental factors such as diet, antibiotic therapy, and environmental exposure to microorganisms. (2)

Hemp seeds and gut health

Fibre-rich hemp seeds promote the production of SCFAs (or Short Chain Fatty Acids) in the colon via fermentation, SCFA's are created by the microbiome and need the right food to feed the colony of healthy bacteria. The essential fatty acids omega-3 and a rarer form of omega-6 called gamma linoleic acid (found in hemp seeds) aid in the reduction of inflammation in the body. (3)

Much of the western diet includes too much of a certain type of omega 6 as found in hydrogenised vegetable oils. These can create an imbalance in the microbial system leading to Chronic low grade inflammation.
Hemp seeds however provide the perfect balance of Omega 3 and the right Omega 6.

As with any road to health there is no one magic bullet. Adding hemp seeds to your daily meals and making some dietary & lifestyle changes will go a long way to improving your overall health and well-being. Changes like...

Prebiotic fibre and probiotic foods
Cut out sugar and sweeteners
Reduce stress
Exercise - get some sun
Get good sleep
Reduce your intake of antibiotics

May the new year bring the 'seeds of health and vitality' to your life!

Blessings, Teresa


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