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5 Tips for a Healthy Gut

 

5 Tips for a Healthy Gut

Bacteria in your gut might sound like a bad thing but, actually, your gut uses bacteria to process food into energy. We call these helpful bacteria probiotics. Most people have heard the term in yogurt ads, but that’s about it. What are probiotics and what do they mean to your body?

Proper digestion is essential to your health and probiotics are essential to your gut. When bacteria are out of balance, it can cause problems such as:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and diabetes
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • B12 deficiency

If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to get your gut health back on track. Here are five awesome tips for promoting your gut health and well-being.

1. Take a Quality Probiotic

Probiotics supplements are available at health food, grocery, and online stores. When choosing a probiotic, look for these qualities:

  • Probiotic supplements should contain 5 to 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units).
  • Encapsulated pills are better than liquids because they help the bacteria survive the acidic stomach environment.
  • Multiple strains of bacteria (different strains offer different benefits — some help with digestion of fiber, some help with vitamin absorption, some help promote bowel regularity).

FloraTrex™ is the probiotic I recommend. It’s a blend of 50 billion live and active cultures from 18 probiotic strains. The formula contains prebiotics for extra support and every bottle offers 60 vegan capsules.

2. Avoid Overuse of Antibiotics

Antibiotics kill bacteria. Although that includes the bad bacteria that can make you sick, it also includes the good bacteria your body needs. This disruption of intestinal harmony can cause a lack of diversity among bacteria that’s sure to affect your health.

3. Incorporate Fermented Foods Into Your Diet

Fermented foods can introduce good bacteria to your gut but know that it’s better to make your own. Store-bought options are usually pasteurized, which kills good bacteria. Some of the best fermented foods for promoting gut health include:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Kimchi
  • Soy Sauce
  • Fermented Tofu
  • Kombucha

4. Eat Less Refined Sugar

Among the many problems caused by refined sugar (inflammation, weight gain, hormonal imbalance…), it also promotes the growth of bad bacteria and upsets gut flora balance.

5. Lower Your Stress Levels

Much like the spinal cord, neurons cover your intestinal wall where they send information throughout your body. The existence of the brain/gut connection makes it clear that stress can be linked to gut health. When stressed, your brain sends messages to your gut in the form of chemicals. These chemicals affect how well your gut works.

5 Tactics to Reduce Stress and Support Gut Health

1. Meditation

It’s amazing how much better you can feel about things if you just take some time to stop, breathe, and concentrate. If you need to use a mantra, go for it!

2. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy harnesses the power of plant-sourced essential oils. Many people attest that this ancient, traditional practice helps them manage stress.

3. Exercise

Physical activity affects stress and mood. If you’re feeling stressed, being active can help you overcome it!

4. Diet

What you eat can have a significant impact on your gut health. Stress-relieving foods can help.

5. Laughter

Laughter can relieve stress by producing endorphins and lowering the stress hormone cortisol. Find a funny friend or turn on a comedy to produce a relieving chuckle. Your gut will thank you!

What do you do to maintain a healthy gut?  Let us know in the comments.

 

 

About Liz Mugo-Akuku

Liz Mugo-Akuku is the founder and publisher behind Squeezie-Reviews.com as well as a wife and mama to a very active boy. Lover of folklore, and just a girl on a journey to radiant health. I do this by eating REAL food, finding love in myself, and concocting homemade remedies. Want to join me? You know you want to!

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  1. It is really interesting that you mentioned taking a quality probiotic to help a gut be healthy. I never would have thought that probiotic supplements contain 5 to 10 billion colony forming units that help the stomach. When my stomach starts to hurt I will keep these tips in mind. Thanks for the information.

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