The more we learn about gut health, the more we realise how intricately connected it is to our health and well-being. The saying 'Trust your gut' is age old advice for a reason.
The body is ripe with bacteria, in fact the human body is 90% bacteria and fungi - 10% human - crazy right?
Most of the bacteria lives in our gut and has a huge impact on our overall health. Your gut regulates inflammation, digestion, immunity amongst many other things throughout your entire body. And these systems all have such a big impact on our mood, energy levels and overall health and happiness.
So looking after our gut is one of the best things we can do to boost our health and immunity.
Here are 5 simple ways to nourish you gut.
Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet.
In order to rebuild a healthy gut, you have to remove what could potentially be causing the damage. Refined sugar feeds the bad bacteria and depletes the good bacteria that supports a healthy microbiome. So cut down on the amount of refined sugar you eat by crowding out with healthful food.
Eat real food.
Cut out the packaged food and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables especially dark leafy greens, easy to digest grains like oats and quinoa and healthy fats found in foods like avocado, pumpkins seeds and almonds. These help to reduce inflammation and support the gut
Bring back the good bacteria.
Bring in good bacteria by introducing fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi. These are all full of good bacteria, as are prebiotics found in raw asparagus, garlic, onion, leeks and unripe bananas.
Catch some zzzz's.
Sleep is so important to good health and has a major impact on the digestive and immune systems. Deep sleep allows our bodies to rest, repair and replenish. It's during this time the body detoxifies itself. We all need different amounts of sleep but on average we should aim for 7 to 8 hours.
Modern life is busy and stressful and we often find ourselves in fight or flight mode. This response helps us to become more alert and focused but inhibits our digestion and other important systems in our body. By decreasing our stress levels we allow our bodies and our digestive systems to repair and heal our gut. Calming exercise such as walking, deep breathing, yoga and meditation all help to reduce stress and give our body the time to heal.
So go on, take some steps today to nourish your gut, so it can nourish you.