Easy, natural remedies to nurture better gut health from within.
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The Importance of Gut Health
The human gut is home to trillions of microorganisms including bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi. This vast ecosystem, known as the gut microbiome, is primarily composed of bacteria and contains the largest concentration of microbes in the human body. Like a fingerprint, everyone's microbiome is unique.
In addition to its role in digestion, the gut microbiome plays a role in immune health, metabolism, weight, sleep, mental health and much more. Therefore, maintaining a healthy gut is critically important, and diversity of the gut microbiome is key.
Having a wider array of microbes in the gut creates a healthier and more resilient environment, whereas symptoms of an unhealthy gut tend to present themselves when a lack of diversity exists. Whilst genetics are an important factor, research shows that diet has substantially more of an impact on the gut microbiome.
Signs of Poor Gut Health to Look Out For
There are many signs and symptoms of poor gut health to look out for, so that you can make some changes in attempt to try and improve them.
Signs that your gut needs some support include persistent bloating, gas, constipation, loose stools, digestivediscomfort and skin rashes. You can learn more about the warning signs of poor gut health in our blog below.
We recommend seeing your GP if you notice any change in bowel health or pain/discomfort in your stomach.
5 Simple Ways To Improve Gut Health
As many aspects of your diet and lifestyle impact gut health, this means there’s loads of opportunities to help improve it. Here’s our top 5 tips to help improve your gut health and alleviate some common digestive discomforts.
1. Get More Fibre
The health benefits of a diet rich in fibre are plentiful. Foods high in fibre help to feed good bacteria in the gut and keep your digestive system working optimally.
Example of foods high in fibre include beans, legumes, oats, wholegrains, nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies. Green leafy vegetables especially, are an excellent source of fibre and have been shown to increase a specific kind of sugar which also feeds gut bacteria.
Adults should aim to eat 30g dietary fibre daily to promote optimal health and wellbeing.
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2. Eat More Plant-based Whole Foods
Fruit and veg are plant foods which are rich in antioxidants that work to reduce inflammation in the gut and also repair damage.
They provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals which support overall gut health and function.
You should pay special attention to prebiotic rich fibres, which help beneficial bacteria and gut microbes to flourish. Examples include onions, garlic, leeks, artichoke, asparagus and berries.
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3. Balance out Antibiotics with Probiotics
Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed to fight off infection when we are unwell. Whilst you should always take any medication recommended by your doctor, antibiotics can harm our gut microbiota by reducing levels of good gut bacteria.
If you do need to take antibiotics, be sure to balance them out by taking a good quality probiotic supplement after your course.
We also suggest increasing probiotics in your diet - such as live yoghurt, kefir and fermented foods (e.g. sauerkraut, kimchi). This will help to replenish your gut flora for a healthy microbiome.
4. Prioritise Sleep
Sleep is the body’s opportunity to restore and rejuvenate. Getting enough sleep is vital to keeping us healthy overall, but also specifically targets the gut by helping to reduce inflammation and repair damage.
In the modern world it can seem that sleep can often be sacrificed to give us more time to work through our busy schedule. However, neglecting sleep can have a negative impact on your gut health - as well as overall wellbeing.
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5. Manage your Stress Levels
Just as poor gut health can affect our mood, stress and anxiety can also have a negative impact on the gut.
By managing your stress levels with a healthy diet and lifestyle you can help to reduce levels of circulating stress hormones which are harmful to gut health.
Simple ways to reduce your stress levels include enjoying some digital downtime, practising mindfulness and spending more time in nature.
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Gut health is vital to overall wellbeing, so by taking a proactive approach to boosting your gut function daily you can help to alleviate digestive discomfort, as well as optimise overall health. Enjoy Rheal Superfoods as part of your healthy routine for an extra dose of essential gut-boosting nutrients.