You might feel reluctant to the term “gut health”; however, if you actually understand how important gut health is to your body and how connected it is to other organs, you will definitely start to pay more attention to your diet and track to your down every single item that you give body!
Developing a healthy gut is like healing from the inside out! Since a healthy gut has a huge effect on energy levels and overall health, there are few things that you are probably doing that are damaging to your gut; such as: eating junk food, having lots of sugar, alcohol, stress, consuming a lot of antibiotics and lack of essential nutrients.
So, how can you tell your gut is suffering?
Our bodies are always giving us signs, trying to warn us if there is something that is not working properly. If you feel any of the following symptoms, then your body is telling you your gut isn’t feeling good:
- abdominal gas
- abdominal cramps
- loose stools
- weight gain
Why is your Gut Health important?
Taking good care of your good affects your whole body in so different ways! As you know, there are bad bacteria and good bacteria; our guts contain nearly 1000 bacterial species, meaning we carry around 100 trillion cells that influence our physiology, gene expressions, metabolism, immunity and overall nutrition.
- Developing a stronger immune system that is capable of fighting serious
- disease; we have more immune cells in our digestive system than any other part of the body.
- Helps with weight loss
- metabolizing essential nutrients
- Controls inflammation and hormone signaling
- Influences our brain chemistry and mood
How to have a healthy gut?
The food you eat affects the types of bacteria that live inside you, so, you need to be careful with what bacteria you exactly feed! Your goal is to feed the good bacteria in your guts:
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables:
Fruits and vegetables are high in fibers, and there are certain types of bacteria in your gut that digest them; these fibers help with their growth. High fiber food include: Raspberries, artichokes, green peas, broccoli, chickpeas and lentils.
- Fermented Food:
Fermented foods are foods altered by microbes; such as: yogurt
- Whole Grains:
Adding whole grains to your diet promotes the growth of certain good bacteria in your gut; such as: Bifidobacteria, lactobacilli and Bacteroidetes.
- Polyphenols Rich Food:
Polyphenols are plant compounds that have many health benefits; such as: reductions in blood pressure, inflammation and cholesterol levels. You can find polyphenols in cocoa and dark chocolate, green tea, almonds, Onions and Blueberries.