Listen to your gut!
7 ways to improve gut health and boost your immune system.
We’ve all heard the term “listen to your gut.” Well, turns out that’s not just about your intuition. Your gut has a strong connection to your brain and is one of the biggest factors in keeping you healthy.
The term “gut health” refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. Maintaining the right balance is vital because they affect everything from your mood to your immune system.
So what can you do to balance your belly and improve your gut health? To start, there are some top line lifestyle changes you can make that with help alter the diversity and the number of microbes in your gut.
- Get more sleep. So you stayed up binge watching Younger til 2am? Not so good for your gut. Getting enough sleep benefits your gut just as much as it does your brain. Try and go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Your body will love the consistency.
- Avoid Stress. There it is again. The stress factor. Mental, physical and emotional stress lead to an imbalance in your gut bacteria. Cut stress by creating boundaries, making more time for self care and removing toxic relationships from your life.
- Take a probiotic and eat fermented foods. Probiotic supplements can help balance and increase the diversity of your gut flora and reduce gut inflammation. Do your homework to find out which one is best since all supplements are not created equal.
- Avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily. Antibiotics kill the bad germs but also kill the good bacteria. Avoid it if you can and try to boost your immune system by eating foods that work for your body.
- Go Veg. A vegetarian diet has been shown to improve gut health due to the high levels of prebiotic fiber it contains.
- Eat less sugar. We all now know sugar is the devil. For real. Eating processed sugar causes an imbalance in your gut and has scientifically been linked to inflammation and diseases from cancer to acne and diabetes.
- Avoid exposure to chemical cleaning products. There is evidence that chemical cleaning products can alter the biome in your gut. Remove toxic cleaning products from your house pronto.