A healthy gut is crucial to your overall health and vitality. An unhealthy gut can affect your immunity, mental, and physical health. Without the proper balance of microorganisms in the digestive tract, a person can be left with symptoms such as fatigue, constipation, irregular bowel movements, bloating, heartburn, trouble digesting food, unexpected weight gain, difficulty sleeping, and more. At Well Balanced Body, we want to help you feel better from the inside out, and that includes having a healthy gut!
Since the social media phenomenon, gut health has become mainstream online. Unfortunately, there is a plethora of misinformation regarding the proper ways to nourish your gut health, some social media influencers have taken it upon themselves to suggest drinking large doses of olive oil, and other home remedies.
Don't listen to the social media influencers online and never consume large quantities of olive oil just because an influencer online tells you to, listen to our health and wellness professional, Dr. Tinsley instead! Here are four positive changes you can make in your daily habits to improve the health of your gut:
1. Eat Fermented Foods Rich in Probiotics
Fermented foods contain a natural source of probiotics, boosting gut-friendly bacteria and preventing inflammation. These foods can be eaten alone or used as an ingredient in a meal. It's best to consume at least one probiotic-rich food daily, preferably with each meal:
Eating foods high in sugar essentially destroys the necessary healthy bacteria that maintain the balance of your gut.
Individuals with a high intake of unrefined sugar experience inflammation in the body, especially if high-fructose sugar is ingested. Consuming unhealthy levels of sugar can lead to gut dysbiosis, which eliminates healthy bacteria and damages the gut, increasing the chances of developing a leaky gut.
3. Manage Your Stress Levels
Developing healthy coping skills when faced with stress is important for your gut and overall health. Psychological stressors can have a negative impact on the microorganisms in your intestines and disturb your healthy gut balance. If you can't reduce stress, learn how to manage it by doing yoga, meditation, talking walks, and breathing exercises. Eating a healthy diet can also reduce stress levels.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation can negatively affect gut health. Getting enough good-quality sleep can improve mood, cognition, and gut health. Disrupted sleep and an irregular sleep schedule have detrimental outcomes for the gut flora, increasing inflammation and other health conditions, not to mention, can have a negative impact on your mood and performance.
Make it a priority to set a consistent sleep schedule, going to bed and getting up at the same time daily. Limiting technology, turning off your phones, and dimming the lights 2 hours prior to your bedtime will help you get into a rhythm where you fall asleep on time. It is recommended to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
If you suspect imbalances in your gut and want to learn more about ways to improve your health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tinsley today!