Our digestive system is an amazing machine, working tirelessly to process and extract nutrients from the food we eat. But when we don’t look after our gut and show it the love it deserves, problems such as bloating and constipation can occur.
Gut health is important to our overall well-being, and it all starts with the food that our gut has the task of digesting. In addition to helping your body stay strong and healthy, eating well will provide the right kind of feeding grounds for the trillions of bacteria living in your gut.
The Good Guys
Unlike the bacteria that can be found on kitchen work surfaces, plugholes and other places where germs breed, these are good bacteria - gut microbiota - that are essential for efficient digestion and strong immunity.
However, these bacteria can be damaged easily. Processed foods are just one cause – other issues such as stress, lack of sleep, and antibiotics can also impact on overall gut health. Just like we all have our own fingerprint, our gut bacteria composition is unique. That means that different foods will impact in different ways – each person has to find the best food for their own gut bacteria to thrive.
While you may think that finding the right combination is an impossible task, there are a few simple tips to follow to improve your digestion – and luckily they will also help you to lose weight and improve your overall health.
Get Your 5-A-Day, And Then Some!
Eat a variety of fruit and vegetables to develop a healthy range of gut bacteria. Think of your plate as a rainbow, and fill it with as many different colours as you can find.
The Fibre Things In Life
Increase your fibre intake. In the UK, the recommended daily intake of fibre is 25g for women and 30g for men. Excellent sources of fibre include fruit, vegetables, pulses and grains which keep gut bacteria healthy and happy.
A Lot To Process
Limit your intake of processed food. Meals high in saturated fat not only add pounds and inches to your waistline but also disrupt the community of bacteria, causing digestive issues.
Quench Your Thirst
Aim to drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day. Proper hydration is not only good for your skin and joints, water ensures good digestion of food, preventing digestive issues.
How to know if you are suffering from poor Gut Health?
There are a number of signs that can indicate poor gut health including an upset stomach, sleep disturbance and skin irritation. If you think your gut health may be suffering, check out this article over at Healthline.com