5 Easy tricks for better gut health
We have all been there. We have all experienced something with our gut that doesn’t feel quite right.
Luckily, there are many tricks to improve our gut health.
Let’s talk about five of them:
- Drink more water: we humans need water to function properly. Did you know that we lose water by breathing and sweating? If you don’t drink enough water there is not enough in your digestive system to move along the stuff in your intestines. Dehydration can lead to constipation.The recommended amount of water for women is:2.7 litters per day and for men 3.5 litters.
- Eat more fiber: oh fiber! With the increased consumption of processed foods many people don’t get enough fiber in their diets. Many people won’t have fruits and vegetables regularly. One easy way to get more fiber in your diet is to eat apples, lentils, beans chia seeds and oats.
- Take your probiotics: We have all heard about the benefits of taking probiotics. Probiotics help with the balance of healthy flora in your intestines, meaning they keep the ecosystem in check. There are some naturally occurring yeast in our intestinal tract that can grow out of control if the right conditions are provided. Having regular probiotics can help with good functioning of your immune system, eczema and other ailments. You can get probiotics in your yogurt or kefir or have them as a dietary supplement. Whenever possible I advise my clients to get the human strain probiotic supplements. They are easy to find in most supermarkets and health stores.
- Eat your prebiotics: if you are like what are in heaven’s name are prebiotics? Prebiotics are a type of food that feeds friendly bacteria. It is usually food that is high in fiber that is non digestible. Some examples of prebiotics are: onion, garlic, leaks and bananas.
- Be mindful of food allergies: if you have any known food allergies, sometimes we think we can “cheat” and take a day off. Believe me I have tried, unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. The best way is to avoid what we know will make us sick. Carry snacks with you during trips and to work to avoid temptation when feeling hungry. Read labels before buying or eating new foods. If you suspect you might have food allergies, make the time to get tested, your body will thank you in the long run.