You might have heard people talk about bacteria in the gut like it’s a good thing and thought: “what the heck is good about having bacteria?!” You wouldn’t be alone in that thinking and you might be surprised to learn that it is actually a great thing! Who knew?!
Believe it or not, out guts actually use bacteria to turn the food we eat into energy. These super useful bacteria are called probiotics. Your gut is the area of the body where digestion takes place, so having probiotics in the gut are essential for healthy digestion.
If you ever suffer with digestion issues, such as gas, bloating, constipation, abdominal cramps, or low energy, then it’s possible that you need to look into balancing your bacteria out.
Below are 5 things you can do to improve your gut health:
- Take a Probiotic – Probiotics can help to improve digestion by balancing the gut, as well as counteracting potential negative side-effects you might experience from taking Antibiotics. Below I have listed a few of the many benefits of probiotics:
- Improved immune system
- Increased nutrient absorption from foods
- Better ability to digest food
- Improves digestion health (and regular bowel movements!)
- Healthier looking skin and complexion
Need we say more?!
*These are the ones Scotty recommends – (https://www.cytoplan.co.uk/pre-probiotics)
2. Limit refined sugar intake – One of the big problems with refined sugar is that it promotes the growth of bad bacteria in the cut, which can throw the gut flora balance out of whack.
3. Keep Antibiotic use to a minimum – The point of Antibiotics is to kill bacteria, such as the bad kinds that make us sick, but they also kill the good bacteria in our bodies as well. This can negatively impact your health, so it’s helpful to ensure it’s not something you’re regularly taking where possible.
4. Include fermented foods in your diet – There are certain foods which promote gut health by bringing good bacteria into your gut. Check out this list of fermented foods: https://draxe.com/fermented-foods/
5. Keep stress levels under control – Since there is such a strong connection between our brains and guts, things like stress and anxiety can cause issues for our guts as well. Everything in the body is truly connected! In order to keep your stress levels under control, aim to include things such as exercise, meditation, and a healthy work/life balance to your day to day life to ensure you’re keeping stress levels as low as possible.
So, as you can see having a gut that functions optimally is important for overall health. If you feel that you can identify with any of the issues listed at the top of this page, then it might be time to start paying more attention to what’s happening inside. There’s no need to feel rubbish when the solution could be as simple as following the above 5 steps!
Hope this has been helpful 🙂