Gut health has become a hot topic lately, and rightly so. The quality of the little eco system we carry around with us has been linked with depression, neurodegenerative diseases, obesity and chronic disease, so it’s important that we take good care of it! Our gut bacteria also outnumber us by about 30 trillion to 1 so we should probably play nice…
Our diet effects what sort of ‘profile’ our gut bacteria have (called our microbiome). I’m going to go through a few tips below to help us maximise the health of these little guys!
Eat Your Carbohydrates
Gut bacteria love fibre. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are loaded with fibre. You do the maths. Including these things in your diet will make sure we’re feeding the good bacteria to promote a healthy microbiome. If you’re worried about carbohydrates making you fat, you’ve been listening to the wrong people on social media and should probably come and see me instead 😊
Variety is Key
Our gut bacteria are composed of millions of different species of bacteria, so feeding them a varied diet is important. They love feeding on lots of different types of fibres and polyphenols (compounds found in plants), so always make sure we’re branching out from good old broccoli and brown rice. Although I’m sure you have your regular vegetables, try and grab something new from the fruit and veg shop this week. Likewise, including a range of herbs and spices in your meals also helps feed the good gut bacteria, so get experimenting!
Although this may be easier said than done, try to find a little bit of time each day to set aside to focus on something to help you relax. This could be as simple as going for a 10-minute walk, signing up to a yoga class, or spending 5 minutes writing down 3 things you’re grateful for. We can’t always control the stress from work, family or other areas, but we can control how well we look after ourselves!
As well as being incredibly healthy for a whole host of reasons, regular exercise can also help improve our gut health! It doesn’t matter if it’s a planned gym session or class, or just getting outside and getting your sweat on, find something that you enjoy (and can stick to) and get to it.
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