Gut health can be underestimated, it is the area in your body that starts from your esophagus and stomach and runs all the way to your intestine. It’s main task is to digest and absorb food while keeping everything moving in your GI track.
It can be linked to many bodily functions. It influences your weight to your mood to your brain health. Also, 90% of your feel good hormone serotonin is produced in your gut so it’s worth your attention.
To stay healthy and happy, you’ll need to support your gut health. Poor gut health can lead to unhealthy bacteria in your gut causing problems like arthritis, depression, IBS, and dozens of other autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.
It is your second brain, besides trillions of microbes, it is also home to millions of neurons embedded along the walls of your GI track. Scientist have found that 90% of these neurons communicate with your brain and have a direct effect on your mood.
Dr.Gershon, practicing medicine for more than 30 years, has found that 90% of serotonin and 50% of dopamine are found in your gut.
How can you know that your gut health is affected?
Bad gut health can cause bad moods, brain fog, upset stomach, unwanted weight changes, skin irritation, autoimmune conditions, food intolerance.
There are several reasons why your gut health might be suffering. Some include, high stress, too much sugar and other unhealthy habits.
Here are some easy ways to maintain good gut health:
Manage stress levels
It’s common to hear that “it’s because of stress”. It’s shocking how mainstream stress is, and how people feel as if they need to be stressed out to get through their day.
Stress can cause several other health issues, not only bad gut health. It shouldn’t be taken lightly, even if it’s thrown around so carelessly.
You can commit to yourself and manage your stress by doing breathing exercises, working out, talking to a friend or simply going for a walk.
Nowadays, since you’re so consumed with everything going on. I’m glad that you even took time to read this. Eating slowly is something you neglect.
You’re either trying to rush food down your throat or busy with some electronic device. However, chewing your food thoroughly and eating it slower helps your body fully digest your food and absorb nutrients.
Take prebiotics and probiotics
One sure way to improve your gut health is to add a prebiotic or a probiotic. Prebiotics supplement your diet and may be a great way to improve your gut health and probiotics are live good bacteria.
Prebiotics can be found in foods such as garlics, onions, leeks, asparagus and bananas. And probiotics can be found in yogurt, kefir, miso and kimchi.
Change your diet
You knew this was coming! What we eat has a major impact on everything in our life. Reducing the amount of processed foods, high-sugar and high fat foods can make your gut happier.
Additionally, eating mostly plant based and eating meat twice a week can also have positive effects on your overall health.
And adding high fiber foods can tremendously affect your gut health.
Sleeping is essential. Whoever said you can sleep when you’re dead obviously didn’t think this through.
You wanna spend your life as healthy as you can so you can make the most of your experiences. And actually be able to enjoy them.
Make sleep your non-negotiable. Get 7-8 hours every night, it will not only positively affect your gut but your life in general. Seriously, sleep is crucial.
Hope this was useful and you’re gonna apply some of the tips. Take notice of the differences in your body and mood