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.
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
Eat wholefoods, lean protein such as fish, fibre, prebiotics, and probiotics to help restore the balance of beneficial microbes in your gut
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.
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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)