There is a lot of talk in the media about gut health and why it is so important.

 

How can we improve our gut health?

 

When we have poor gut health it affects every part of us. It can cause anxiety, poor mood, micro biotic imbalance and nutrient deficiency. It has now been shown that there is a link between the gut and the brain. So, when our gut health is not right it can lead to poor mood, poor sleep, and anxiety.  It can also affect our immune systems and overall health. Here are the main culprits to poor gut health. If you read my 1st blog earlier this month then you will have seen the issues that can cause problems for the gut.

If you suffer with bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea or heartburn and indigestion this may mean you have an unhealthy gut.

  1. You do need to be taking a probiotic especially if you have recently been on antibiotics. Not all pre and prop biotics are equal so please speak to a qualified person when deciding what to take.
  2. Sleep is really important – make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep. Try to get a good 7 – 8 hours a night, as poor sleep impacts your gut health.
  3. If you have a diet high in processed foods and ready meals this could impact on your gut health. Processed foods tend to be high in sugar and salt, neither of which is good for our gut. Have a diet high in fibre such as wholegrains, beans, broccoli, nuts, apples and peaches. Also have vegetables, fruits, coffee, tea, and wine as they are high in macronutrients that your gut needs.
  4. Fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir and kimchi are good sources of probiotics so great to add into the diet.
  5. Food intolerance issues. If you feel you have a food intolerance, then maybe try an elimination diet to find the trigger food or have a food intolerance test with a qualified person who can then advise you further on diet.
  6. Having foods rich in collagen have been shown to be beneficial to gut health. Bone broth or salmon skin are good sources. Other collagen foods are nuts, meat, eggs, citrus fruits, and broccoli.
  7. Garlic is good for your health generally so add this into your diet and a study conducted in 2019 showed that it may also be beneficial to gut health.
  8. Lastly, reducing stress is so important. Try some meditation, gentle exercise such as yoga, go out for a walk, read a book, see friends, watch a comedy, or spend time with your pet. All these have been shown to reduce stress.

 

Conclusion

 

These are some of the things you can do to help your gut health. I am happy to have a no obligation call with anyone who feels I may be able to help them with their gut health. If you are concerned, then please do see your GP.