How To Improve Your Gut Health

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I never really thought about my gut health until I decided to change my entire diet to mostly a plant-based whole-food one.

I did a lot of research on our digestive system and came across interesting information about our gut that everybody should know about.

Did you know that 70% of your immune system is located in your gut?

There’s a mini-ecosystem that resides in our intestines and helps break down the food we eat. It’s called gut microbiome.

How To Improve Your Gut Health has a picture of  bacteria microbes in black and white.

Your gut microbiota (gut flora – bacteria, yeast, and viruses) is home to 100 trillion microorganisms.

Trippy Fact: There are more bacteria cells in your body than human cells, which means you’re more bacteria than human.

The gut’s primary function is the digestion, absorption of nutrients, and the excretion of waste.

Scientists are discovering that gut health plays a vital role in our body’s health – mentally and physically.

Did you know that our gut and brain are connected?

Yeah, I didn’t know that either.

Have you ever been stressed out and got a nervous stomach?

That’s the gut-brain connection.

Some people call your gut a second brain because most of your body’s serotonin is produced in the gut.

Healthy young man standing on top of a rock high in the mountains, enjoying the natural beauty in the morning light.

Serotonin is a chemical the body produces that contributes to our wellbeing and happiness, as well as other functions within the human body.

It plays many roles so it’s imperative our gut is functioning properly.

So, how do you improve your gut health?

Diet.

I know. I know. 🙄

It always boils down to diet, right?

Why can’t we eat what we want and not have to pay the consequences later on?

Why is the food that’s bad for us, so damn yummy?

But the truth is, the human body is not designed to eat artificial sweeteners and fake food.

It can’t process it.

Did you know that aspartame is linked with a metabolic disease that increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease?

Yeah, it’s not good for the body.

There are a lot of preservatives and crap in American food that’s banned in other countries.

If you want a healthy gut, you need to eat gut-friendly foods.

Probiotics and fermented foods make for a happy and healthy gut.

Those foods are:

  • Yogurt
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso
  • Kimchi
  • Almonds
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Olive oil
  • Bananas
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Tempeh

You can take a probiotic supplement if you know you’re not going to eat probiotic foods.

Prebiotics (special plant fibers that feed the nice bacteria in the gut) are also good for the gut.

It promotes the growth of beneficial microbes in the gut – good bacteria.

Here are some high-fiber foods that are great for your gut:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Asparagus
  • Leeks
  • Oat
  • Barley
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Chicory
  • Dandelion

Sugar isn’t good for our gut, so eat less sugar and again don’t eat artificial sweeteners.

Get enough sleep.

Believe it or not, sleep deprivation does affect your gut and overall health.

It messes with your biological rhythms, your immune functions, and nutrients metabolism.

Remember, the gut-brain connection?

So, get plenty of sleep.

Also, avoid antibiotics if you can.

Excess use of antibiotics wreaks havoc on your health because it disrupts your gut’s microbiome.

It kills the good and bad bacteria in your body, which creates an imbalance.

When you have to take an antibiotic, make sure you’re beefing up on the probiotics.

Eat yogurt.

Take a probiotic supplement.

The live bacteria strains in probiotics will help repopulate the gut and restore bacterial balance.

You can also eat fermented foods to help restore your gut to proper order.

Reduce your stress.

Hoe To Improve Your Gut Health has a man standing up with his hands on the side of his head, stressing out.

Emotional and physiological stress can affect your gut’s microorganisms as well.

Reducing stress will help your gut health.

You can reduce stress by getting the sleep you need, by meditating, exercising, and eating the right foods for your body.

Now that you’re armed with new information on how to improve your gut health, it’s up to you to make the necessary changes in your life to live a much healthier and happy lifestyle.

Over to you:

What are the changes you’re going to make to improve your gut health?

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