Five Ways To Improve Your Gut Health

When it comes to gut health, there are a number of reasons why it's so important to maintain. Not only does it effect digestion but also your immune system and even your mental health. 

With an unbalanced number of bad bacteria in your gut, you may notice signs such as an upset stomach, changes in weight, fatigue and difficulty digesting certain foods. In order to increase the number of good bacteria in your gut, thereby reduces these nasty symptoms, there are a few easy changes you can make to your diet and daily routine! Here are our top ways to improve your gut health and overall wellbeing:

 

1. Take pre and probiotics

 The easiest way to supplement the good bacteria in your gut is to take a pre or probiotic, as they contain live microorganisms that contribute to changing the composition of bacteria in your gut. Keep them near your morning coffee so you remember to take them each day!

 

2. Consume more fermented food and drinks

Foods like kimchi, yoghurt and tempeh, and drinks such as sugar-free kombucha, are easy to incorporate into your diet and are great sources of probiotics that are high in lactobacilli, a good bacteria found in your gut.

 

3. Eat foods high in fibre 

Eating a high-fibre diet full of prebiotic foods like complex carbs, fruit and vegetables can assist in promoting the growth of good bacteria, and may also speed up metabolism.

 

4. Increase your water intake

There's not much water can't fix, and in this case it is also beneficial for improving gut health! 

 

5. Add more foods high in Polyphenols into your diet

Here's the best news about this tip, foods rich in polyphenols include chocolate and red wine (in moderation, of course)! Not only do these foods enhance the bacteria in your gut, they also have anti inflammatory properties and can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. 

 

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