By Farryn Stock|
April 12, 2022|
3 mins read
Gut health has become an increasingly popular topic over the past months, along with other holistic healing trends. Researchers have even described the gut as our second brain due to its control over our general health and wellbeing. But why the sudden spike in interest in wanting to take care of our gut health?
With alternative medicines and homeopathic remedies increasing greatly over the past few decades it is believed that over 70% of the population use some form of natural remedy for their health. This number is also set to grow massively over the next 5 years and by 2028 the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Market is estimated to be worth 404.66 billion dollars. Healing the body from within has become a trend over much of social media, and videos about gut health have taken centre stage receiving up to 831k likes and 5.4 million views on TikTok.
Taking care of and “healing” your gut have undoubtedly become a focus due to the gut’s connection to the rest of the body. The gastrointestinal tract (gut) is the long tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the back passage, covering the entire digestive system. When your body is digesting food it releases enzymes, hormones, and other acids to break it down, which are released from glands in the stomach. The digestive process of food is also controlled by the brain, nervous system, and hormones.
This whole process relies on the millions of neurons that run between your brain and gut. When the bacteria in your gut is disturbed this ultimately disturbs your entire body, which can cause health complications such as heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, and even mental health problems.
It’s no surprise really that so many of us are looking to find ways to improve our gut health. For the most part, this requires making lifestyle swaps and does not cost excessive amounts of money or time. If you are looking for ways to take care of your gut, whether it’s because of digestive issues, hormonal problems, or overall health here are some of the best ways to take care of your gut:
1. Eat plenty of fermented foods
Although this may sound unappealing, fermented foods are just food that has had its sugars broken down with bacteria and yeast. High in probiotics, these are foods that are great for your gut as they aid in digestion and weight loss. Some examples of fermented foods are –
- Probiotic Yoghurt
2. Make sure you are getting enough Sleep
Sleep is extremely important for just about any function in the body, especially brain function. As we already know our neurological function and our gut health are strongly connected to one another and are co-dependent on each other for success. A recent study has found that people who go to bed earlier have better blood sugar control after eating breakfast the next morning. Balancing our blood sugar levels helps us avoid cravings for processed and sugary foods which create harmful bacteria in our gut.
If you struggle to get to sleep, here are a few things that can help:
– Putting your phone down an hour before going to bed.
– Pillow sleep spray
Find time to wind down before going to sleep. For example, running a relaxing bath and reading a book.
– Trying meditation techniques to clear the mind.
3. Changing to a vegetarian or vegan diet
Vegetarian and vegan diets are often found to be high in fibre, vitamins, and minerals that are all essential for aiding digestion. A diet rich in plant diversity equals a diverse range of gut microbiota, which helps keep the gut healthy and happy. Studies have found that those who follow a plant-based diet over a diet that is predominant in animal products have a much higher intake of good plant bacteria, which aids the digestive process.
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4. Limit Alcohol Intake
Drinking alcohol causes inflammation around the body, including the gut. By negatively affecting your microbiome (the key to all gut health), alcohol consumption causes inflammation in the gut and intestines which can lead to health complications such as heartburn, gastritis, and stomach ulcers. Alcohol consumption also tends to encourage a poor diet or processed foods, which then also damages our gut health.
5. Taking Supplements
Although, for the most part, all we need is to make simple changes to what we eat, sometimes dietary requirements can restrict us and that’s where supplements can help. Probiotics are a natural supplement that helps repopulate the good bacteria that exist in your gut, by aiding in the diversifying of bacteria, this will then aid in more functions that are necessary for a healthy mind, body, and soul.
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