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Treasure your Gut!

Your gut is base to trillions of bacterial cells, numerous of which carry out essential roles to keep your body functioning and your health in tip-top condition. These bacteria, alongside fungi and viruses, make up your gut microbiome. 

Experts are now realizing that digestive, or gut, health is connected to various diseases, so keeping your digestive system on track is one step to avert serious illness down the path.

The gut microbiome

The incredible complexity of the gut and its importance to our overall health is a topic of increasing research in the medical community. Copious studies in the past two decades have manifested ties connecting gut health and the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions, and cancer. At one point, our digestive system was viewed as a relatively “simple” body system, composed primarily of one long tube for our food to pass through, be absorbed, and then excreted.

A salubrious microbiome is a balanced microbiome. Too many bad or opportunistic microbes and you’re at an increased risk of inflammation and disease.

Things to do for a healthy gut

  1. Exercise. Physical activity gets your colon moving, which results in a more regular bowel movement. Exercise can also help regulate irritable bowel symptoms.
  2. Lower your stress levels: Prolonged high levels of stress are hard on your whole body, including your gut. Some means to reduce stress may include Yoga, meditation, walking, getting a massage, etc. 
  3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals to avoid overwhelming the GI tract.
  4. Chew your food thoroughly – it can alleviate the digestive process.
  5. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is shown to have a beneficial impact on the mucosal lining of the intestines, as well as on the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut. Staying hydrated is a simple way to develop a strong and healthy gut.
  6. Eat more fiber. Aim for 25 grams each day.
  7. Take your Pre/Probiotics: Probiotics boost the number of healthy bacteria in your gut. Yogurt, kefir, fresh sauerkraut are all healthy sources of probiotics.

References

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