Your gut health says a lot about the condition of your body. In fact, many systems that keep your body healthy are directly impacted by the state of your gut. Fortunately, there are several ways in which you can improve it in order to feel good and have good health.
Before we look at those, let’s take a closer look at why your gut should be healthy.
Importance of Gut Health
Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria that are beneficial to your health. They are collectively identified as the microbiome. The microbiome works within your gut to keep the beneficial bacteria growing and halting the growth of the ones that do not benefit your health.
When the microbiome is functioning properly, your digestion, assimilation, absorption and excretion of nutrients functions correctly. The foods we eat all have an impact on the effectiveness of the microbiome. By eating healthy foods, your gut can be healthy.
Importance of Adequate Elimination
Waste products are removed from your body through processes that begin in your gut. This elimination ensures that harmful toxins, excess cholesterol, pathogens and dead blood cells, not to mention removing fiber and foods that we have consumed can adequately leave the body. With a healthy gut, this process functions efficiently and effectively, when it is not functioning well this is when you experience symptoms such as digestive disturbances, bloating, excessive flatulence, stomach aches, and constipation.
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Tips For A Healthy Gut Diet Plan
As stated, the foods we consume have an impact on our gut. Here are a few suggestions on how to improve gut health:
Add Prebiotics and Probiotics
One way to stimulate the growth of or the activity of ‘good’ bacteria in the digestive system is through prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that will attach to the wall of the gut. This creates an environment that promotes beneficial bacterial growth.
Foods that are great for this include onions, garlic, bananas, legumes, apples, sweet potato and oats.
Probiotics are used to increase the volume of beneficial bacteria. These can be easily added to your diet through supplementation. Read the labels and seek those brands that contain refrigerated probiotics with a minimum of 30 billion CFU. You also want to see a notation of no less than eight differentiating strains.
A Diet Heavy In Nutrients
Nutrients feed the cells that make up our body. This includes those within our gut which happen to thrive on the beneficial nutrients that come from fish, eggs, lean meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. These foods create the environment that promotes good gut health.
Add Digestive Enzymes
The main purpose of digestive enzymes is that they breakdown macronutrients, fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Our bodies can best absorb and make use of these nutrients when they have been properly digested. We manufacture these enzymes in our stomach and pancreas, and if we do not manufacture the right ones to break down these food types then this is when you may need some help to adjust your diet or consider some complimentary supplements.
Regular Bowel Movements
The bowel is a vital part of the entire process of improving gut health. That is because bowel movements remove toxins, pathogens, excess cholesterol and other waste products from the body. Without regular bowel movements, waste products can ferment and fester in the colon.
When this occurs, it impacts on the health of your gut in a negative way. By ensuring you have adequate fibre in your diet and drinking plenty of water, you should experience bowel movements once to three times a day every day or every second or third day. Drinking 2-litres of water daily also assists.
Exercise is not just good for your overall health, it can provide an added benefit for your gut health as well. Light to moderate physical movement offers a form of protection to the gastrointestinal tract. This increases the gut microflora and can alleviate bowel conditions.
Get A Handle On Stress
Constipation, diarrhea, reflux and gas can all be symptoms attributed to stress. These conditions all impact your gut health and can manifest if left unchecked. Managing stress is an individual treatment that you will have to instigate in order to regain control of the health of your gut.
There are several ways in order to improve the health of your gut. As it contributes greatly to our overall health condition, it only makes sense to focus on a healthy gut diet plan for best results. For more information on improving your gut health, contact us today at our Naturopathic clinic in Concord in Sydney’s Inner West.