The kitchen is my happy place, and living out a healthy lifestyle is honestly really enjoyable. I’ve paired my real-life experience with in-depth research to give y’all a simple guide on How to Achieve Optimal Gut Health (Tips).
What is ‘gut health’?
Your ‘gut’ is your digestive system comprised of essentially one long tube that our food passes through to be absorbed, and then excreted. In recent years, studies have classified our ‘gut microbiome’ as the microorganisms living inside our intestines. Did you know we have about 300-500 different species of bacteria in our digestive tract? Although the word ‘bacteria’ may throw some people off, there is incredibly complex and beneficial bacteria in our gut that keeps our body healthy.
Why is ‘gut health’ so important?
There is science-backed evidence showing that our gut health plays a crucial role in our immune system, mental health, endocrine diseases, cancer, skin conditions, and autoimmune diseases. Dr. E.M. Quigley wrote on how the good bacteria in your gut can combat depression, fight off obesity, and benefit our bodies in exceedingly other ways (information found on the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology).
How do I know if I have an unhealthy gut?
The most common signs are:
- upset stomach (like gas, bloating, constipation, heartburn)
- constant fatigue
- skin irritation (like eczema)
- increased systemic inflammation (autoimmune diseases)
- gaining or losing weight without making changes to your diet
- high-sugar diet
How do you live out a balance diet to enhance your gut’s health?
A few tips on how to achieve optimal gut health:
- eat prebiotic fiber (like garlic, bananas, asparagus, onions, and whole grains)
- eat less sugar (substitute with 100% pure maple syrup and honey local to your city)
- take probiotics and/or fermented foods (like kimchi, miso, kefir, and sauerkraut)
- prioritize 8 hours of sleep each night and reduce stress
- exercise regularly (recommended to engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise each day with at least 2 days of muscle strengthening activities)
- avoid smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages
- brush and floss your teeth regularly
- eat more polyphenols (like 70%+ dark chocolate, extra virgin olive oil, almonds, green tea, broccoli, and blueberries)
You’ve got this!!
I truly hope you all enjoy these nutrition facts concerning your gut health, and maybe learned something new. ’till next time… xxL
Disclaimer: The information and other content provided in this blog are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.