It’s easy to get lost down a black hole of what to do and what not to do when looking through the internet. There are so many fads and random hacks or tips and tricks that may or may not work it’s easy to get bogged down and confused. Well, this month, we’re keeping things simple with a few ways you can improve your gut health naturally, no gimmicks, just some good old-fashioned advice.
Probiotics are great and can work wonders for your gut, but fermented foods are natural sources of probiotics. You can also make fermented foods at home relatively quickly and cheaply, so you don’t have to shell out for probiotic supplements.
Eating plenty of fibre, which contains prebiotics, helps feed the probiotics in your gut and encourages more good bacteria. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of fibre.
Studies have found that athletes have more variety of gut flora than non-athletes. Therefore, it is believed that working out can improve your gut health. Plus, working out is suitable for controlling your weight and improving the health of your heart. Equally, getting a good nights sleep is a great way to help your gut. Disturbed sleep and bad sleep habits can negatively affect the gut and increase the risk of inflammation.
Both sugar and sweeteners will impact the gut. Research shows that people who eat a lot of sugar and sweeteners are likely to have a gut imbalance. Sugar is also thought to feed the bad bacteria in your gut. Reducing the amount of sugar and sweeteners are expected to affect your gut microbiome positively.
It is now commonly believed that stress can significantly impact your gut health, and it can come from a range of stressors, such as psychological, environmental, disruption or poor sleep. Reducing stress may not be the simplest thing, but exercise, meditation, deep breathing and stretching can help to minimise your stress levels.