Improving Gut Health

WHAT IS THE GUT AND HOW DOES IT WORK

The gastrointestinal tract is often referred to as our second brain, which is not surprising considering all the things it affects. It is also home to enteric nervous system that’s in contact with our brain and central nervous system. Making simple changes in your lifestyle such as more fiber in your diet, exercising and more sleep can help you attain a healthier gut. 

 

REDUCE STRESS  

Managing stress can be useful for several aspects of your health, including gut health. If you’re stressed, so is your gut. If you’re feeling stressed, your microbes can feel it too. This can decrease the abundance of probiotic bacteria. To alleviate this stress and keep beneficial bacteria at a healthy level, try meditation or breathing exercises. 

For more information go to https://rootjourney.com/blogs/blog/how-to-use-ayurveda-to-relieve-stress 

 

EXERCISE REGULARLY 

It is not just what you put into your body that counts, there are several aspects in life that can affect gut health. Walking, jogging or dancing are all great ways to get moving and help improve health. 

Exercise tips for beginners:

Set realistic goals - set smaller/more attainable goals when you  begin working out 

Be consistent- keep with a routine even if it’s only for 30 minutes a  day

Train with a friend- this can help you stay motivated and stay on  schedule 

Drink water - staying hydrated is very important for before, during  and after your workout 

 

GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Getting enough sleep can improve mood, cognition and gut health. 

 

Tips for getting a better night’s sleep: 

Go to bed around the same time each night 

Avoid screens or use night mode for an hour before bed 

Set a routine to wake up and go to sleep at reasonable hours 

Don’t drink caffeine late in the day 

Follow a routine to help you relax before bed (breathing exercises,  reading, or listening to music)

For more information go to  https://rootjourney.com/blogs/blog/what-makes-you-thirsty-at-night 

 

FOODS TO PROMOTE GUT HEALTH

A high fiber diet is the key to a healthy microbiome. Foods such as barley, rye, whole grains, apples, onions, carrots, mushroom, garlic, legumes and wheat are probiotics that boost your your health and maintain your gut lining and prevent inflammation. 

For recipe links go to https://rootjourney.com/blogs/blog/my-favorite-immune-boosting-foods

 

Sources: https://www.orlandohealth.com/content-hub/gut-health-why-it-matters 

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