Many people think that their gut is only for digestion. However, a healthy gut can actually make your entire body better, including better mental health. You will feel like you are in excellent condition too. If you live a naturally busy life, then you have to make sure your body is in top form every day.
Here are some simple things that you can do to make sure that your body has the best balance of healthy gut bacteria.
You have a range of fungi, viruses, and bacteria within your gut. Those all make up your microbiome. Too many harmful microbes and you are at risk of inflammation and disease. Have you ever wondered why your belly always seems bloated? Too many harmful microbes could be your problem. Healthy gut bacteria keep inflammation low, help protect you from various diseases, and may have an impact on your mental health.
You will have likely heard a lot about probiotics and seen this in terms of supplemented and drinks. But there are actually foods that have a range of probiotics properties; learn more about probiotic foods and how they can revolutionize how you feel.
Epidemiological studies (studies that map the health and disease in populations and then study factors affecting initiation and prognosis) have found that food that fermented foods are assosicated with the improvements of health status or reductions in the risk of disease.
You can increase the good bacteria in your gut naturally. Dietary fibres are known as prebiotics. They work with other foods to promote healthy gut flora.
The probiotics found in ‘live fermented’ food thrive on prebiotics. So you need both in your diet in order to get the right balance. Here are some of the non-digestible carbohydrates that can help.
Most diets include a lot of meat, fat and refined sugars; these knock the balance off.
Gut Loving foods
If you want to boost your health and wellbeing pretty quickly, your diet is the way to do it. Feed those microbes some of the food from this list, and you will see an impact in a matter of days.
- Jerusalem artichokes
These foods are all high in fibre. Your body will need a few days to adjust to this influx of fibre, and you may find you are nipping to the toilet just a little bit more.
Rest Your Guts
There are a few different thoughts on fasting. Some people feel rejuvenated and relaxed after a fast and others get a little cranky. The 12 hours rest your give your gut can be enough to rest your them and help them heal. Digestion is a pretty hardcore and abrasive activity, your gut can do with a break for a few hours.
DON’T FORGET: Add plenty of water into your diet too.
There you have it, a few very simple changes that you can make to your diet to see an improvement in your overall health. Simple, positive, and maintainable changes that don’t involve a diet are better for your belly’s balance. In fact, as an extra addition, you could do with getting a little bit more sleep too – not sleeping can increase stress hormones and knock our appetite off-kilter.
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