Let’s talk about gut health
Gut health is a hot topic. While still constantly explored, more information is coming out daily on just how important optimal gut health is. We’d go so far as to argue that gut health is one of the most important aspects of health. Studies have shown that a large portion of our immune system resides in the gut, and that gut bacteria plays a role in weight loss or weight gain, as well as overall health. Plus, the gut-brain connection is crazy powerful; there’s a reason they call it a ‘gut feeling’.
There’s more to gut health than just taking your probiotic and eating your probiotic-rich foods. While this is obviously super important (and recommended!) in supporting your gut, there’s so much more that goes into showing your gut some love! So, we’re here sharing the top five daily habits for gut health that you may not necessarily know about.
The Top 5 Daily Habits For Gut Health
These daily habits are easy to implement and can help supercharge your health and be the foundation for better gut health. If you can even carve out 15 minutes per day to do a Sudor workout, or even just a ten minute meditation, it will do wonders for your health. It’s all about calming that sympathetic nervous system. We all need to focus on gut health, no matter how healthy we are. Maintaining optimal gut health is so crucial for overall health – especially in a global pandemic. These daily habits for gut health can help get your gut health in check. Plus, these are all habits for an overall healthy lifestyle, so what are you waiting for?
Reduce that stress
Yes, we know. We all have stress, especially during a global pandemic. But, here’s the thing. Making an effort to fit even just ten minutes of stress reduction into your day is key, and so simple. Even just a few minutes per day is helpful! Reducing stress is so important for supporting better gut health. Think about it – have you ever had a knot in your stomach when stressed? This all has to do with the body’s fight-or-flight response. When your body thinks you are in danger (and stressed!), starts to ‘fight’ and protect itself. When your body is in this state, digestion slows to focus on the “threat” at hand. Often this threat is just stress, but the body doesn’t know any different. So, our body responds to intense financial, work, or home stress in the same way it would respond to being chased by a bear – which can cause our hormones to get totally out of whack, and our digestive system to be a mess.
Get the Body Moving
Regular movement, whether it’s a gentle yoga flow or a fast-pace run, is also important. Getting your body moving can help support better digestion. The body wasn’t designed to be still and stagnant – there and by moving we are able to fuel so much movement INSIDE the body! A sluggish lifestyle equals a sluggish gut – which is why studies have shown that regular exercise can positively change gut bacteria. But, the key is to stay consistent. It’s getting that daily burn in that makes a big difference. So, find the Sudor workouts that you absolutely love and make time for them like you would an important meeting. The more you move, the better you feel!
Drop The Sugar Habit
The first thing to realise is that refined sugar isn’t doing your body any good. Not all sugar is bad, however refined sugar is inflammatory, and can damage your gut bacteria. It’s best to avoid refined sugar at all costs. As you transition away from refined white sugar, try replacing them with natural options like raw honey or pure maple syrup, or even sugary fruits like bananas – just remember that these natural sweeteners are loaded with sugar too. Moderation is key!
Ramp up Your Fibre Intake
Fibre has so many benefits for your body! It helps you feed all the healthy bacteria in the gut and also keeps your metabolism regular. Plus, fibre helps keep us feel full for longer, meaning that we are less likely to overeat, so it’s helpful in maintaining a healthy weight. So, keep those little gut-bugs healthy by eating lots of fibre-rich foods. Some great options include dark leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, and rolled oats.
Speaking of regularity, staying hydrated is also an important part of boosting gut health. Water is the most underrated aspect in keeping your body healthy! Drinking enough water can help keep you regular as well, a key part of maintaining optimal gut health. Try to have at least 2 litres of water a day. Purchase a good water bottle that you can keep on your desk during your work day and soon enough, finishing and refilling your water bottle will become a regular habit!