Easy ways to improve your gut health

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Equinox Kombucha – great for gut health

How exactly are you supposed to know your gut health needs some work?  It’s not defined by taking your temperature or having a cold — but it is defined by the functionality of the rest of your body.

First, take a mental account of how your stomach feels, really tune into your body.

Are you bloated, constipated, or having the opposite problem? Take note, it’s important to check in with your own body and how it feels compared to how it’s felt in the past.

Gut problems can also be the cause of acne or skin issues, fatigue, extreme weight gain, and feelings of grumpiness. If we look after our guts most of this could be avoided. It is the hub of our bodies.

 

1. Fermented foods.

Fermented foods can provide fibre for our gut as well as a fresh shipment of transient bacteria.” Consuming traditionally fermented foods provides you with a number of health benefits.

Simply putting fermented foods and drinks into your body will allow a healthy transfer of bacteria — keeping what we want but getting rid of what we don’t. There are a lot of foods and drinks that are fermented.

Up your intake, try kimchi, carrots, green beans, yogurt, kefir, chickpeas, and miso, and sip on some kombucha a few days a week.

2. Monitor your intake of Omega 6

This first point is difficult because it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. While it would be easier to say something like “avoid all gluten,” “avoid all dairy,” or “avoid all saturated fat,” there’s simply not a one-size-fits-all diet plan for gut health. While gluten does indeed affect many peoples’ gut health, it’s not an automatically problematic food source. In general, however, humans are consuming too much Omega-6 — a fatty acid that we do actually need in moderation, without adjusting the ratio at which we are also consuming Omega-3s. Omega-6 is found in polyunsaturated fats such as nuts and oils — but too much of a good thing could be a major culprit in our unhealthy gut crisis.

While you shouldn’t cut out all Omega-6-rich foods (as they have specific heart-healthy benefits), it’s important to monitor your intake — measure out portions of nuts, nut butters, vegetable oils, seeds, and even acai.

 

3. Add a probiotic to your routine

Until recently, I thought probiotics were just something some people took when they felt a bit rough — they’ve been known to aid your body in adjusting to foreign water, and my friend always takes them to avoid an upset stomach when eating new foods. She’s not wrong — probiotics are often recommended for digestive problems. However, she doesn’t quite have the whole story. Probiotics are “good bacteria” (like those found naturally in fermented foods), and they function as a way to balance between the good and bad bacteria in your body.

While you can, as I mentioned above, gain probiotic benefits from food and drink, you can also consider adding a probiotic supplement to your routine. It’s been said that probiotic supplements don’t just keep your bacteria balanced — they can also help clear your skin, keep your reproductive organs healthy, and prevent illnesses like colds and flu. A great place to start is to talk to a professional doctor or nutritionist about which probiotic plan is best for you.

 

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