Gut Health, the Cornerstone for Optimal Health
Food cravings. Bloating. Gas. Constipation. Heartburn. Sickness. Anxiety. Frequent fatigue. Sound familiar? These are all signs of impaired gut health, and if youâ€™re experiencing these, you are not alone.
Your gut is where your metabolism starts, food is digested, nutrients are absorbed, neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) are made, and it also serves as the fighting ground to keep foreign invaders at bay. If your gut health isn’t up to par, even the most nutritious foods may not be digested or absorbed properly!
So, how can we improve our gut health? Find our "Top 3 Tips" below!
- Keep your sugar intake low. Refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods create an environment in your gut flora where bad bacteria thrive. Aim to get your carbohydrates from veggies and fruits and eat plenty of protein and healthy fat at your meals.
- Include fermented foods on a daily basis. Kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir, and yogurt are a few natural sources of healthy bacteria.
- Manage your stress. Your gut and brain are intricately connected so make a conscious effort to release stress in your favorite way!
Have you taken antibiotics recently? Antibiotics can reck havoc on your healthy gut flora, so considered taking a probiotic. Look for an active one (hint: this means it will need to be kept refrigerated).