Improving your gut health is beneficial for your whole body. From autoimmune diseases and skin conditions to cancer risks and endocrine disorders, learn what gut health represents, how to identify a damaged gut, and what you can do to restore it.
What is gut health?
The overall health of your digestive tract (starting at the mouth and ending at the rectum) is what’s referred to as gut health.
You may have also heard the term ‘gut microbiome’ thrown around, but what does it mean? The microorganisms that live in your digestive tract make up your gut microbiome.
How does good gut health benefit you?
What are some of the microbiome’s functions?
Your gut microbiome has been known to affect the following:
- Blood sugar levels and lower risk of diabetes
- Brain health and lowered risks of psychological disorders
Common gut health associated problems
How do you identify an unhealthy gut? Some of the most common signs include: an upset stomach, fluctuating weight, food intolerance, skin irritation, and constant fatigue. If you have any of these conditions, it may be a sign that there is a larger issue at hand – damaged gut health. How can you then restore gut health?
Restoring gut health
A healthier gut leads to better overall health and immune function. Taking good care of the balance of microbiomes that live in the digestive tract is crucial to maintaining gut health.
Factors which can affect an individual’s gut health include food, environment and emotional well-being.
You can start with simpler lifestyle changes – such as eliminating bad habits like smoking, getting adequate sleep each night and eating a healthy, balanced diet. What are the best foods for improved gut health?
We recommend working with superfoods, vegetables, and cutting out processed foods as you plan your diet. A healthy diet consisting of high-fiber foods, collagen-boosting foods, and fermented foods is essential to keeping all the good and bad bacteria in the right balance.
You can also improve your gut health by:
- Increasing your probiotics intake
- Reducing your sugar intake
- Lowering your stress levels
- Not consuming antibiotics unnecessarily
- Incorporating regular exercise
As your gut health affects your entire body, it is important that you take good care of it.
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