Why gut health is important for your health and happiness

Have you ever felt in need of more energy, better sleep, healthier skin? Feeling generally sluggish, without really knowing why?

The trillions of microbes that live happily inside your gut – your gut microbiome – could be to blame. In fact, there is overwhelming and increasing evidence that your gut microbiome, and gut health, could be a cornerstone of our well-being.

Read on for 3 steps you can take today to give your gut health a boost!

The science behind gut health

Let’s start with the science behind it. Your gut microbiome is mainly bacteria, but also fungi, viruses and more – and they communicate 24/7 with your brain.

Often called our body’s second brain, the gut microbiome plays a vital role in our overall health and well-being.

But our modern diet, high in processed foods, sugar, and alcohol, can disrupt the delicate balance of our gut microbiome, and disturb the communication flow, if you will. Which in turn can lead to a host of health challenges, from digestive problems to autoimmune diseases, and even mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

So, what can we do ourselves to improve our gut health?

In short, add lots of fiber, probiotics and prebiotics to your diet, plus make sure you eat a wide variety of plant based foods (including herbs and spices).

Probiotics are foods, or supplements, that contain live microorganisms intended to maintain or improve the ‘good’ bacteria in the body.

Prebiotics are foods (typically high-fiber foods) that act as food for the microbes in our gut.

3 steps that can improve your gut health

  • DO:
    Eat wholefoods, lean protein such as fish, fibre, prebiotics, and probiotics to help restore the balance of beneficial microbes in your gut
  • DON’T:
    Eat ultra-processed foods, refined sugars or exceed alcohol limits
    Reduce stress (e.g. yoga or walking), exercise regularly (a little goes a long way!) and get enough sleep

And that’s the good news: By taking care of your gut health through these three steps, you can help improve not just your physical but also mental well-being.

So, join the gut health revolution today and start feeling your best self!

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NOTE: This does not constitute or substitute for medical advice! Seek professional healthcare advice as needed

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Sources & further reading

Probiotics and prebiotics: what’s really important – Harvard Health

Best Foods For Gut Health, According To Experts – Forbes Health

Probiotics and prebiotics: What you should know – Mayo Clinic

How to Feed Your Gut – Dr. Mark Hyman (drhyman.com)