Improving your gut health

Your gut doesn’t just deal with food digestion. A healthy gut is one of the building blocks of feeling good. The whole of your body functions better when your gut is in good condition. Your gut has a range of bacteria, viruses, and a range of fungi too. These all make up what we know to be your microbiome.

When it comes to your gut, balance is what we need. If you have too many harmful microbes, you have an increased risk of inflammation and disease. But healthy gut bacteria does precisely what it says - it is healthy and good for you. They will keep inflammation low, impact your mental health, and help protect you from various diseases.

Here are some simple tips to help you improve your overall gut health. 

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Numerous studies support the use of probiotics. Probiotics are able to help you restore your gut bacteria to the right levels. This goes back to what we just mentioned about balance. You can choose to have something like a probiotic drink, or you can eat food that is known as live fermenting. Research is to consider these foods to play a massive part in our overall good health.
  • Sourdough bread, unlike many other bread options, is made with a sourdough starter, and this is referred to as alive. The probiotics here are simply flour and water.
  • Yogurt and cheese, in fact, milk cream and other dairy products, can be considered as probiotics; if in doubt, check the ingredients or look for a plus probiotic sign on the packaging.
  • Lacto fermented pickles, the saltwater brine, and the vegetables are the probiotic food ingredients here.
  • Sauerkraut, this probiotic is the cabbage and the salt.
Some people worry about all of the sour food that they might have some issues with digestion. Actually, you’ll see a considerable improvement in your digestion. If you tend to struggle with acid reflux, it’s a good idea to read some acid reflux tips specific to your requirements.

Gut loving food
If you are looking for the quickest way to boost your health and well-being, then giving your microbes all of these tasty foods is the best thing to do. You will see a positive impact pretty quickly, as well as generally feeling great.
  • Apples
  • Mushrooms
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Wholegrains
  • Carrots
  • Jerusalem artichokes
One of the great things about these is they are all high in fibre too. So when you do switch to these good loving foods, expect a few days of adjustments with your toilet trips.

Stress wreaks havoc on our entire system, this does include your gut. It is essential to know that your microbiome doesn’t just have an impact on your intestines; it has a significant impact on the rest of your organs. This actually includes your brain. If you are stressed, your gut is going to feel it, and it’s even been shown that stress can reduce the probiotic bacteria in your gut.

If you feel like you have high-stress levels, it is definitely time to consider a whole-body mission to reduce the levels. Have a look at your stress triggers, and figure out ways to reduce them.

There are plenty of products that have so much refined sugar; in fact, it is hidden in plain sight. Refined sugar is in almost every single product that we buy, and it can hugely upset your gut health and metabolism.

A typical diet is usually heavy in fat and sugars, and for most of this, this is actually a disaster for gut health. Fructose and glucose are added into very many foods; by consuming this in a great quantity, you risk getting diabetes, heart disease, or just obesity. As well as having your gut disturbed in general.

The quickest way to solve this, of course, is to have less sugar. However, it can be very addictive. You might think that sweeteners are the answer here; unfortunately, they aren’t. They are better than sugar so if you simply can’t have your coffee or tea without a little bit of sweetness, then opt for a sweetener.

However, it is essential to know that some sweeteners do increase the blood sugar level and can still increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

These are some of the easiest ways that you can improve your gut health quite rapidly. And remember, when you improve your gut health, you improve your overall health too.

Small and straightforward positive changes can have a huge impact.

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