Gut Health, Is Your Happy

Gut Health, Is Your Happy

You might have seen articles everywhere recently about gut health. Have you been wondering what the fuss about gut health is ? Our gut is responsible for keeping our bodies working properly . Around 70% of our immune system is in our gut! I bet you now want to keep your gut/ digestive system happy , right?!

Signs of an unhealthy gut are:

  • bloating , constipation , diarrhea
  • abdominal cramps
  • stomach just never feels “right” 
  • constant heartburn
  • skin break outs
  • sleeping problems
  • an autoimmune condition 

Ways to keep your gut happy:

Avoid processed foods. Processed foods can leave our GI tracks inflamed . Sometimes are bodies don’t recognize the $hit in processed foods as food ( gross ) and instead it thinks it’s an outside attacker.  So our body reacts and by trying to fight off these attackers ( processed foods ) and the result is an inflamed GI tract which can cause stomach pains.

Make sure you go number 2 . Being regular is so important. A healthy gut usually has a pattern ( do you go the same time everyday?? ) If you are not going regularly make sure to check your diet and eat a healthy balanced diet with lots of fruits, veggies, fiber and water.

Add in some fermented food. Have you seen kombocha at your local store? Live cultures found in fermented foods help break down food in your stomach plus help your immune system.  Kefir is another way to add healthy live cultures into your diet. Kefir if found in most grocery stores by the yogurt.

Chew your food better! Eating more slowly and chewing our foods more can help keep your gut happy.

Take a probiotic. If you hate yogurt or other foods containing live cultures it might be time to look into a probiotic

Lower your stress level. Stress has been linked to an unhappy gut. Try some meditation, yoga , diffuse some oils or talk a calming bath. Add into your daily routine  anything to help you relax and de-stress.

Add foods that are good for your gut into your diet.  Look for fiber rich foods and again foods that contain  prebiotics & probiotics.  Foods to add in are yogurts, kefir, legumes, blackberries, raspberries, kimchi & kombacha

Foods to avoid. Avoid carbonated drinks, the bubbles can lead to gas build up in your belly. Too much alcohol and caffeine  can also irritate your gut. Refined sugar, processed foods, sugar-free candies/foods with artificial flavor  and fried foods should all be avoided if you want a happy gut ( and you should want one! )

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