For some reason, not everyone knows that the gut is at the heart of our health and wellness and that it, therefore, needs to be treated with care and respect.
Poor gut health can be linked with anxiety and stress levels and can impact your immune system for better or, more often, for worse.
Hundreds of species of good micro-organisms live in your gut and this “gut flora” is for good health. Not only does it nourish you with essential nutrients, but it also helps protect you against external pathogens and autoimmune diseases.
Things don’t stop there, as the gut has a vital connection with the brain and supports the production of vitamins, hormones, and neurotransmitters. Scientists playfully nicknamed the gut the “second brain”, and gut health can hugely impact our emotional well-being.
According to Eamonn M. M. Quigley’s recent study, the gut-brain connection is strong, demonstrating that damaged gut health can lead to anxiety and depression.
What’s more, your gut health affects your immune system, metabolism, energy levels and the nourishment you can absorb from your food to enrich your skin and hair condition. This shows that we need to be kind to our gut if we want it to look after us inside and out.
When Do We Know Our Gut Health Is Not As It Should Be,
And What Should We Look For?
Poor gut health can result in your body not absorbing essential nutrients effectively, impacting overall health, fatigue, afternoon slumps, poor immunity, weight loss, increased anxiety and more.
What Should You Eat For Good Gut Health?
Not eating well can seriously impact ‘gut flora’ so ideally, you need to eat a diet packed with good food with good nutrients for your gut bacteria to grow.
As well as dropping junk food and takeaways that are high in poor fats, sugar, and salt, to improve gut diversity and encourage better gut health, start to eat more of the following foods,
- Fruit and vegetables are super important and eating seasonal and organic options when you can be a great step towards good gut health
- Healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil for cooking as well as eating flaxseeds, avocado and omega 3 enriched eggs
- Beans and legumes are great for good gut health as are whole grains including wild, basmati and brown rice, quinoa, and oats
- Fermented food such as kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut are great for the gut so have a play with them if you haven’t eaten them before
You also need to drink at least two litres of water a day, mixing this intake up with warming herbal teas and hot/warm water with lemon. If you can, go easy on energy and high-sugar drinks as well as caffeine.
What Else Can You Do To Look After Your Gut Health?
Don’t Forget Prebiotics…
Prebiotics sound like probiotics, but they are completely different, Prebiotics are fibres that aren’t digested but they help gut bacteria to break fibres down for additional energy for your gut cells. Prebiotics are found in foods such as:
- Live yoghurt
- Starchy pasta, rice, and potatoes, which have been cooked and left to cool
Keep An Eye On Antibiotics
Antibiotics are great at helping people get well, but unfortunately, they kill much need good gut bacteria in the process. If you do need to take them, do, but beware that you will need to replenish that good bacteria and if you don’t need them, don’t take them.
Go Easy On Stress
Your gut really doesn’t like stress, so look at cutting this down by:
Getting at least seven hours of sleep every night
Moving your body and taking regular exercise
Limiting alcohol, sugar, and caffeine
Chilling out with a yoga class and daily meditation
Unplug from social media and ease up on comparisons, instead hang out with people in real life!
Take A Supplement
If you have taken antibiotics or just want to be good to your gut, taking a probiotics supplement is bang on the money. They can also be found in our award-winning, super strength probiotic Everyday Wellness supplement which has been expertly formulated to promote a healthy gut by supporting friendly bacteria with six types of probiotics. As part of your daily routine, Everyday Wellness can help reduce inflammation, enhance nutrient absorption, and keep your body functioning at its best, especially if you take it alongside eating a balanced diet and keeping an eye on your lifestyle.
Good gut health is key to good health,
so take these steps and we hope you will feel all the better for doing so.
About The Author
Simone Thomas is a bioenergetics practitioner, hair and hair loss expert, nutritionist, and the founder of Simone Thomas Wellness. The author of Health Hair, Happy Body, Simone lives by the coast with her family and is often found on the beach and in the sea.
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