When we speak about gut health, we are referencing the bacteria in your gut. From the day that you are born, the bacteria present in your gut plays an important role in your overall health. When we consume substances in our mouths, like food and drinks, and swallow these items, the bacteria that lines our guts is the defense between these substances and our blood streams. Since we introduce lots of microscopic invaders into our systems, it is very important for our gut bacteria to be performing properly. Think about it… How much time do we spend with our fingers on our cell phones, keyboards, money, in our pockets, on door knobs, and gas pumps? Do you wash your hands prior to putting a piece of gum in your mouth? What about the chemicals that we clean our kitchen counter tops with? If an almond were to land on the freshly “cleaned” counter top, you might not have a problem throwing it straight into your mouth. The point is, no matter how sanitary you may be, it is impossible to not introduce harmful invaders to your system. If your gut bacteria is not doing its job properly, then these foreign toxins will easily get into your blood stream and wreak havoc on your systems.
Top ways to improve gut health are:
1. Increase your uptake of healthy fiber. Some of the best sources of good fiber come from whole, organic vegetable.
2. Exercise. Even mild exercise burns off stress hormones and balances out healthy gut flora ratios. More intense exercise is great as well as long as you do not overdo it in the beginning.
3. Sleep. Not getting enough sleep at night does not allow your body to recover properly and can cause big problems with your gut flora.
4. Probiotics. Introducing good bacteria into your system is sometimes essential. Good probiotics can be found in supplement form or in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, and kombucha.
5. Cleanse. A nutritional cleanse can help clean out toxins and jump start an upswing in your overall nutritional lifestyle.
Remember, your body creates new cells daily and it uses what fuel you give it to generate those new cells. Making changes to improve your gut health will provide your body with what it needs to create a healthy you.