Sleep for good gut health - interview with Shahna Sarpi

Sleep for gut health interview with Shahna Sarpi

Shahna Sarpi is a qualified Nutritionist and healthy lifestyle advocate. We talk to her about how to live a "nourished life".

You know how important it is to eat the right foods to feed good gut health and the connection our gut has with other aspects of our wellbeing. However, did you also know that our sleep can affect our gut health.

This week we ask Shahna to shed a little light on this.

You talk about the importance of sleep for good gut health in your Nourished Gut programme. Can you tell us a bit more about this?

Shahna: Sleep is something I consider to be one of the main pillars of health. It’s so often overlooked but our body performs a number of vital functions while we sleep. By simply getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night, we can experience huge benefits!

When we don’t get enough sleep it can cause our body to become stressed and lead to an increase in cortisol. Stress negatively impacts our gut, as it puts us into a state of ‘fight or flight’, which is when functions like digestion get put aside because our body is on high alert and prepared to protect itself from the perceived danger. 

Stress can also lead to intestinal permeability, which is when food and toxins are able to get through our intestinal lining to the bloodstream. This contributes to inflammation and can lead to a whole host of other issues. Thankfully, when we sleep our body is focused on healing and growth and can help counteract this.

Fern: Thanks for enlightening us on the important connection between sleep and gut health. Now we know more good reasons to make sure we're getting enough sleep! 

With a real food approach to nutrition, Shahna aims to simplify health and show people how easy and delicious healthy eating can be. She’s on a mission to inspire people to take charge of their health and build healthy habits that will support them in feeling amazing.You can find Shahna over on instagram at @projectnourish or check out her website for plenty of recipes and resources.

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