Your gut is your second brain and it’s responsible for many different functions, including digestion and immune health. So if you’re looking to improve your gut health, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking care of it from the inside out.
While there are numerous benefits to improving your gut health, here are four everyday ways you can begin improving your gut health today:
Movement is essential for a healthy digestive system because it stimulates peristalsis (the rhythmic muscle contractions that move food through the digestive tract) and helps maintain regular bowel movements. Exercise also helps boost your mood so you feel less stressed and more relaxed overall.
Eat foods that support a healthy microbiome
Your microbiome refers to the bacteria that live in your body — they outnumber human cells by 10-to-1, have an estimated 4 million different species, and live on every surface of our bodies! Healthy bacteria in our guts help keep our immune systems strong and protect us from disease-causing pathogens. But when our guts are overrun with bad bacteria or yeast called candida, we can develop all sorts of unpleasant symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, skin issues or fatigue. The best way to ensure that good bacteria thrive in your gastrointestinal tract is through diet.
Probiotics are live bacteria found in certain foods (like yogurt) or supplements that can help improve digestive health by boosting the good bacteria in your body. Some studies have shown that probiotics may also help prevent allergies, asthma and eczema in children who take them daily from infancy onward.
Eat fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables
Fiber helps move food through your digestive tract more quickly so it doesn’t get caught up in your intestines. Fiber also helps prevent constipation by bulking up stool and adding bulk to the diet without adding calories.
Drink plenty of water every day
Water helps flush toxins out through urine and sweat so they don’t build up inside.