Your go-to guide to improving gut health, boosting your immune system, and becoming a healthier individual overall! These 5 natural tips for increasing the health of your gut are easy to implement, backed by science, and actually work. Read on for you ultimate gut stability!
Like kale chips, cauliflower rice, meditation apps, and IIFYM…all health fads that are ‘of the moment’…maintaining gut health is on many people’s radar nowadays. But what exactly does that mean? How does one achieve optimal gut health and why even strive for it?
Well, I’ll tell you! Basically your gut can either keep you healthy or make you ill. It’s got that much power and influence over the body! Aside from your immune system, you also have ‘gut immune system’…this allows the rest of your body to stay protected from the toxic environment that your gut contends with on a daily basis. When you have poor digestion, inflammation, or a slow metabolism, your gut can not perform to the best of its ability and thus your overall health suffers.
You gut is really your second brain! In fact, it’s got MORE neurotransmitters than your ACTUAL brain. Needless to say, it’s pretty important to keep it functioning in tip-top shape and up to speed. Today, I’m gonna help you with that.
I’m sharing 5 Natural Ways to Boost Gut Health. Forget all things you’ve heard in the past, the tips that are shared on every list and roundup, today you’re getting the little known information, the insider tips on how you can make small changes that benefit your gut immensely.
Eat fermented foods
Fermented food provides the best kind of bacteria you can get for your gut! It provides a wide variety of strains which means you get the most bang for your bacteria buck. 😉 Fermenting foods has been done for thousands of years and it’s only now catching on again because of the resurgence of people’s focus on healthy immune and gastrointestinal systems. Some easy ways to incorporate fermented foods into your diet are through yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, and pickles!
Don’t forget the healthy fats
Eating plants and dietary fiber are important for overall health, but especially so for your gut. They bring diverse nutrients to our bodies which exposes us to things that make our bodies stronger and more resilient. The problem is, most of the vitamins and nutrients that vegetables and other produce provide cannot be absorbed on their own….they need healthy fats to facilitate it! Many of the micronutrients that food provides are fat-soluble. In other words, they cannot be absorbed without the presence of dietary fat. That means that if you eat produce without a fat source, you’ll only absorb a fraction of the potential nutrition you could be getting. An optimal gut environment is un-inflamed, and that’s exactly what healthy fats help with!
Munch on stalks and stems
When eating veggies, eat the WHOLE THING..including the stalks and stems. Don’t discard those as trash or compost! They stalks and stems of veggies are full of gut-boosting nutrients that we typically don’t get from our daily diets. For example, broccoli stalks contain more fiber, vitamin C, and calcium than the florets and Swiss chard stems are rich in immune-boosting amino acids.
Develop healthy sleeping habits
Our guts are balanced during our sleep. At night, we have a break from digestion and normal bodily functions which allows us to replenish and restore healthy gut flora. Additionally, cytokines, which are inflammatory agents in the body, are produced based on our circadian rhythm. When we have an abnormal or disrupted sleep cycle, their production is thrown off and thus the balance of our guts is adversely affected as well. On the flip side, having a healthy gut also promotes better, more restful sleep. So the two have a positively correlated symbiotic relationship!
Take a daily probiotic and prebiotic supplement
Stressful situations, changes in lifestyle, low quality food, tainted water, and numerous other factors can affect the bacterial flora in your gut. Taking a daily probiotic supplement can help replenish and bolster your intestinal tract, while making your system run more efficiently. Aside from aiding digestion however, they also trigger your immune system and help remove pathogenic bacteria.
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