Gut health, I never payed much attention to it most of my life. After every meal my stomach used to hurt, and I thought that was normal. I thought that’s what’s supposed to feel when I’m digesting food. It’s only when I got into my 30s that I found out it’s not supposed to be like that. Today I’d like to share a few tips that are great for improving your gut health.
Cut the excess sugar out of your diet
Sugar takes a lot from our digestive system and bodies to digest, especially the white sugar type. My digestion improved once I stopped eating a lot of junk food and super sugary ice blended drinks. I still do have the occasional treat, but I do check in with myself to see how I feel before I do so.
Eat more fiber
Fiber is the stuff that helps your digestion move along. And fiber is not in non-plant foods. Eat more plants. Vegetables, beans, and seeds. If you have a ‘normal American diet’ or a very westernized diet, you most likely are not getting enough fiber. Eat a leafy salad before your meal (and don’t drench it in dressing), or eat a fruit for a snack. I also like making smoothies.
Bone broth to help your insides
Alright. I’m one of those health nutty type people who reads health books for fun. Most everything I’ve read says be a vegan if you want a long and healthy life. But I cannot ignore all the good stuff about bone broth and it’s healing powers. It’s also great for the postpartum period as the collagen and protein helps your body rebuild. I’m not a big meat eater, but I felt completely nourished having soups made with bone broth during my forth trimester. Even if you’re not pregnant, if your gut health is seriously compromised, I highly recommend looking into adding bone broth to your diet.
Eat more probiotics
Probiotics are the good bacteria your gut needs to function properly. It’s found in fermented foods like natto, kimchi, sauerkraut, and yogurt. It’s best to be consuming multiple types of foods with good bacteria. Most probiotic foods need refrigeration, which is perfectly fine when you’re at home. If you’re on the go a lot, or planning to travel I highly recommend these. You can mix it with water or open the packet and pour it in your mouth.
Don’t forget the prebiotic foods
Bacteria is a living thing. It needs something to eat to thrive. Give all the good bacteria you ate the good stuff that it needs to do it’s job. Foods like artichokes, garlic, onions and asparagus are high in prebiotics. I personally don’t recommend eating garlic and onions as it messes with the mind, but hey, all foods have a pro and a con. Fruits like berries, bananas, and apples are great for your gut too.
If you’re looking for a little more help for your digestion, I recommend you take these. It’s hard to consume everything our bodies need to perform optimally, and knowing my bases are covered let’s me go on with my day without worries.