Our gut plays a major role, not only in our gastrointestinal health allowing us to utilize and absorb nutrients from food we eat , but in the health and well-being of the entire body!
Therefore maintaining a healthy gut in the core of our bodies it vital to our health and wellness. Here are some tips on how to improve the health of your gut.
1 . Reduce processed foods from your diet.
Sounds simple but this one is the most important. Strive to achieve the best quality diet possible that is low in highly refined sugars and carbohydrates and highly processed vegetable and seed oils. These will cause health issues if eaten in excess anyway but they also promote the growth of bad bacteria in the gut putting your gut flora out of whack.
2. Limit preservatives, food additives and artificial sweeteners.
Newer research coming out is implying that these substances may be what is causing damage to the lining of the gut resulting in inflammation and greater risk of chronic diseases. If using packaged items check the label to see what exactly has been added.
3. Avoid overuse of antibiotics.
Antibiotics are very useful when you have an infection because they kill the bad bacteria that is causing the problem. Unfortunately they can also kill off the good bacteria in our gut leaving the balance of bacteria in dissaray. A probiotic may be suggested after a long or strong course of antibiotics to help replenish some of the good bacteria.
4. Manage your stress levels.
High levels of stress can actually cause the body to shut down the digestive system or the gut because of acute hormonal imbalances therefore stress management is paramount. Stress relievers like mindful breathing, yoga, exercise, and massage may be useful for managing stress.
5. Include some fermented foods in your diet.
Fermented foods introduce good bacteria back into your gut. Some popular options are Greek yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and kefir. To find out about what might suit you best and appropriate portion sizes it would be best to consult a dietitian.
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