Listen To Your Gut
Your gut is not Las Vegas, what happens in the gut does not stay in the gut.
By Anushka Chandaria
Most of us don’t realize this, but our gut is one of the largest immune organs in our body. Also known as the gastrointestinal system, our gut is a group of organs that consists of the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, colon, small intestine and rectum. The gut is connected to pretty much all the organs in our body. What we put in to our bodies and our daily habits will have a huge impact on gut inbalances which can consequently lead to digestive issues, headaches, acne, decreased immunity and fatigue. These are some of the health problems an unhealthy gut can create. So, what can we do to ensure our gut stays as healthy as possible?
1. Fuel up on fiber!
Fiber helps tremendously in bowel movement. We may not like talking about it, but it’s a scientific fact. To help prevent constipation and other digestive issues, we must up our fiber game. Add lots of fruits and vegetables such as bananas, broccoli, artichokes, berries, onions, carrots, beets and many more to every meal. Whole grains are also a great source of fiber. Adding just one piece of fruit to our breakfast or snacking on some veggies will be such a game changer for our bodies.
2. Drink! Drink! Drink!
We all know that water is so important for our bodies and staying hydrated helps cleanse all toxins. It also helps with mental clarity, digestive regularity and gives our skin an amazing glow! But most people still overlook its importance and take it for granted. Reach for a glass of water as soon as you wake up. This will help energize you and wake your digestive organs up. Keeping a bottle of water with you at all times will help remind you to keep drinking water. And if you find sipping on water boring, spruce it up by adding slices of fruits such as berries, lemon, oranges and cucumbers to help add flavor and slightly sweeten the water.
3. Add fermented foods to your diet
Fermented foods are probiotics and help feed our microbiome with good bacteria to fight off any digestive issues we may have. They keep our gut clean and healthy and help in improving digestion, reducing inflammation and boosting our immunity. Kombucha, yoghurt, tempeh, and kimchi are some great examples of fermented foods.
4. Keep moving
Exercise is vital for a happy and healthy body. Not only does daily exercise and movement keep us fit, but it helps with digestion by increasing blood flow and stimulating bowel movement. You don’t have to hit the gym every day, or go for a run if that’s not your thing. A simple walk, or some calming yoga and a relaxed swim can do wonders for the body. So long as we keep moving, our body will be happy! Find a form of movement that you enjoy and stick to it. Exercise helps in reducing inflammation, bloating, constipation and of course, maintaining healthy weight.
5. Chill out!
Stress has got to be one of the biggest contributor to an unhealthy gut. Stress can lead to digestive issues, bloating and other gut discomfort. For some of us, stress can also lead to over eating, increased intake of alcohol and smoking. This all leads to acid reflux and heart burn and this negatively impacts our gut. Although stress is unavoidable, there are plenty of ways to try and manage it. Reading a book, working out, grabbing a coffee with a friend, taking a long relaxing bath, meditating, cooking, and painting are just a few suggestions on how to disconnect with the world, take some time for yourself and de-stress.
Keep in mind the above five points and notice how much your world changes and how much better you start feeling. Keep your gut healthy and your body will be thankful.
Yours in Wellness,
Writer: Anushka Chandaria, Certified Holistic Health Coach (Nourish By Nush)
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