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How to look after your gut health

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How to look after your gut health

 

Your body’s wellbeing is directly dependent on your gut and digestive health. Keeping your gut and digestive health on point will lead to improved energy and will help you to be livelier, better nourished and far more radiant.

A healthy gut can have a great many contributions on your overall health. Benefits include a boost to your immune system, improved heart and brain health, better sleep, improvement to your mood and even the prevention of various auto-immune diseases and even some types of cancer.

Your digestive health relies on your lifestyle and dietary choices.

By following the advice below, you will be able to take positive steps in improving your gut and digestive health. You will cause both to function more efficiently. By doing so, your overall wellness will improve, leading to a stronger, healthier and more vibrant version of yourself.

Give these five top tips a go for better gut and digestive health:

 

1.      Eat plenty of fibre

This is as crucial as it is easy. A high-fibre diet will be rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits and wholegrains and will improve your digestive health and the makeup of your gut bacteria. The fibre will help to move food through your digestive tract, ultimately leading to healthier, regular bowel movements (sorry, but we were always going to have to talk about bathroom habits in this article!)

High-fibre diets will help to treat or even prevent various common digestive conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and haemorrhoids. Plenty of fibre will also help you to maintain a healthy weight.

Healthy fibre will also literally feed the good bacteria in your stomach, meaning that they will thrive and flourish.

 

2. Make use of probiotics

Speaking of healthy gut bacteria, probiotics are something of a must in a healthy, well-rounded diet. They promote healthy bacteria that are naturally present throughout your digestive tract, and will combat the negative effects associated with poorer diets, high stress levels and antibiotic use.

Probiotics will also lead to more energy. They can help to enhance nutrient absorption, allowing you to make the most out of your diet, and can aid in strengthening your immune system.

You will be healthier, more vibrant and livelier as a result of including probiotics in your diet.

 

2.      Eat the right stuff at the right time

There are some pretty easy dietary hacks that you can implement immediately in order to enhance gut and digestive health.

Keep to a good schedule. Eating at the same time every day can help to keep your digestive system in shape and will allow the bacteria in your gut to regulate themselves accordingly. With this in mind, it may be worth looking at some form of intermittent fasting (eating only between 11am-7pm, for example, can be optimal for this.) You will be giving your gut bacteria a rest and a chance both to replenish themselves and to adhere to their own circadian rhythm (that’s right- gut bacteria have circadian rhythms.)

Aim also for lower FODMAP foods like rice, kale, spinach, eggs and nut-butters. This will lead to less bloating, allowing for a greater degree of comfort and less chance of developing or exacerbating common digestive complaints like IBS.

 

3.      Skip the bad stuff

For the sake of your overall health, you should already be either skipping or at least limiting certain behaviours and the intake of certain foods and drinks. Coffee and cigarettes can hinder your digestive system’s functioning and should all be candidates for either partially or wholly cutting out of your life.

Including them may lead to problems such as stomach ulcers, gallstones and heartburn (aside from the more obvious, more severe issues inherent with smoking!)

 

4.      Drink plenty of water

Again, this is obvious. You should already be keeping yourself hydrated. Every system and health marker your body boasts is improved with adequate hydration, and you will have more energy and better health for it.

Your gut and digestive health is no exception. Even if you’re doing the right thing and getting plenty of fibrous food into your diet, many of the benefits will be wasted without proper hydration. Fibre draws water into your colon to help in creating bulkier, softer stools. If you want regular bathroom trips and a healthy digestive tract, this is a must.


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