Guest article by Ryan of FitnessGoals.com (bio link at end of article).
Taking care of your digestive system is just as important as taking care of the other parts of your whole body. Our digestive tract wouldn’t be called the “second brain” for nothing. This is due to the fact that about 70-80 percent of our nerves go through the digestive system and why most stress-related issues can upset one’s stomach.
Bacteria present in the digestive system might sound like a bad thing but it actually isn’t. Good bacteria present in the gut help our body to process food into energy, helps maintain a strong immune system, and is also proven to be beneficial to the health of our brain. These helpful bacteria are called probiotics. But when there is an out of balance bacteria in the gut, it creates havoc in our digestive system such as poor digestion, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and the likes.
To keep your gut in its optimum condition, take note of these natural choices you can practice.
- Avoid overuse of antibiotics
Antibiotics kill bacteria – that includes eliminating both the bad and the good bacteria, which is what your gut needs. Taking too much antibiotics can damage the harmony of bacteria in your digestive tract so make sure you limit your intake of antibiotics.
- Eat plenty of fermentable fiber
Home to almost a hundred trillion microorganisms, your gut needs a good supply of good bacteria. Fermented foods rich in fiber can provide beneficial bacteria to your gut. These foods will allow you to rebuild your gut and bring the balance back to the bacteria levels. Some fermented foods that are sure to help your gut are kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, and Kombucha.
- Take a quality probiotic
Equipping your gut with a quality probiotic is essential to make it healthy. Probiotic supplement is now available almost anywhere, so make sure to get yourself quality ones. Look for probiotic supplements that contain 5 to 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units). Make sure you also take encapsulated pills as they help bacteria survive the acidic environment in the stomach. Be sure to also take multiple strains of bacteria as, they offer different benefits so make sure you cover all areas.
- Replace with healthy foods
Fill your kitchen with foods that will help heal and sustain your stomach. Healthy foods are always the easiest remedy to being healthy so make sure you eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Go for leafy veggies and easy-to-digest grains such as gluten-free oats, quinoa, millet, and amaranth. These foods are good for reducing inflammation and are relatively easy to digest.
- Avoid overuse of antibiotics
- Take steps to manage your stress
Exercising can help calm the storm in your gut. It makes way for your digestive organs to function together better. Go for calming exercises as much as possible such as walking and yoga. Managing your stress level is important because stress can greatly affect your digestion and can cause the decrease of enzyme production.
- Stay away from sugar Exercising can help calm the storm in your gut. It makes way for your digestive organs to function together better. Go for calming exercises as much as possible such as walking and yoga. Managing your stress level is important because stress can greatly affect your digestion and can cause the decrease of enzyme production.With regards to the gut, a high sugar eating routine can promote the development of harmful candida albicans which can cause leaky gut disorder and numerous different issues. So when you are eating sugary things like candy, soda or liquor, you are really sustaining the destructive microorganisms in your gut. That’ s why eating low sugar eating regimen won’t just keep your gut solid, it will likewise keep your body sound and avoid disease.
- Inoculate good bacteria
Probiotics can be mostly found in dairy products, but they’re not the only ones as they too can cause your digestive tract to be upset. What’s advisable is to go for plant-based sources like coconut yogurt, miso, sauerkraut or kimchi (fermented veggies), and vegan probiotic supplements. Foods and supplements rich in probiotics should lessen the bloating, gas, digestive-related stress and indigestion.
Ultimately, a good digestive system can help you feel your best because it helps you get the most out of everything you’re eating. And taking good care of them isn’t as hard as you think it is. Time to take action and help your body become healthy, and always look for ways to keep it. Take good care of your gut and your whole body will thank you for it.
Author Bio: Ryan is part of an exciting team behind the scenes at FitnessGoals.com. Their site is designed to provide inspiration for women to live a more healthy and fulfilling life. They cover a wide variety of topics including wellness, nutrition, fitness and well being.
I hope you enjoyed this guest article.
With love and light,