"A healthy gut plays a vital role in our overall health" Guest editor Jessica Mahoney
Research has shown a healthy gut helps reduce the risk of many chronic diseases and can play a role in boosting our immune system, mood/mental health and aid in fat loss.
With the popularity of a healthy gut being on the rise, here are my top tips for improving gut health:
- Include a variety of plant based foods in your diet.
A plant-based diet can improve health and prevent disease by feeding the good bacteria (probiotics) in your digestive tract. Plant based foods include a large amount of fibre which has many benefits such as slowing digestion, keeping us fuller for longer, stabilising blood sugar levels and supporting regular bowel movements.
- Get your body moving.
Physical exercise has been shown to provide improvement in beneficial types of good bacteria and their functions. Whether it be a more strenuous training session or a simple movement flow before bed, many modalities have been shown to help improve gut health, reduce stress and improve sleep.
- Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Research has shown a link between poor sleep and gut health imbalances which can lead to increased susceptibility to sickness. Sleep deprivation also has the potential to impact our desire to eat well, move our bodies and our overall mood - which can add to stress and anxiety levels in the body.
- Try to reduce/manage stress and anxiety.
When we are stressed, the activity in the digestive organs is decreased. Stress can lead to symptoms such as nausea, stomach cramps, excess gas, diarrhoea or constipation. Take a step back and come up with some ways you can help manage stress in your life or seek professional help to do so.
If you ever feel lost when it comes to your gut health or its related symptoms, or need further professional advice always seek help from a qualified medical professional.
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