A POST-HOLIDAY GUIDE TO RESTORING YOUR GUT HEALTH
So you’ve had an amazing year-end break, but like most of us you’ve probably overindulged. Feeling bloated, lacking energy and in desperate need of a detox? Now that the fun and festivities are over, it is time to kick those bad habits you’ve picked up to get your health back on track.
Our gut is the heart and soul of our body, and if it is not functioning to its best everything suffers. Hippocrates said more than 2 000 years ago that all disease begins in the gut, but we’re only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut can contribute to a wide range of diseases. Gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system.
The most obvious first step in maintaining a healthy gut is to avoid all of the things that destroy gut flora – such as antibiotics, chemicals and a bad diet. As we start 2020, let’s look at how you can get your gut back on track and keep it there:
- Increase the amount of fibre (prebiotics) in your diet. Fibre feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut and creates an environment that your gut bacteria can flourish in. Some examples of fibre rich foods include avocados, berries, brussels sprouts, artichokes, chickpeas, lentils, nuts, beans and quinoa.
- Give your body a detox from the following foods: wheat, sugar, red meat, dairy and processed foods. Even just a few days will be beneficial. Cutting out portions of your diet that are harmful for your gut health is a great way to get your gut back on track fairly quickly.
- Feed your body with probiotics. No matter how good your diet is or what supplements you take, your body cannot function 100% optimally without the correct balance of beneficial bacteria. If the gut flora is damaged, the best foods and supplements in the world may not be broken down and absorbed.
When it comes to gut health, it’s about giving your gut what it needs to recover and work properly. When it’s working as it should, you’ll certainly notice the difference.
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