We’ve all heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’. While this holds true, I really think it’s more along the lines of ‘you are what you absorb’. If I can pinpoint one factor for the way I feel these days, it’s down to having a healthier and stronger gut.
Maintaining our gut health, or gut bacteria is absolutely critical for the absorption of nutrients from the foods we eat. A poor gut function can lead to numerous issues such as a weak immune system, improper digestion of foods and the production of gasses leading to stomach bloating and discomfort.
For a better health and well-being, consider improving your lifestyle and dietary habits that will enhance your gut function and create a healthy and sustainable gut environment. Here are some ideas you can start to have a think about.
One route to a healthier gut is to supplement with Probiotics. Probiotics are full of live bacteria and yeasts which supply our gut with ‘good’ bacteria. Essentially, this creates a healthy gut environment and improves our digestive system.
Eat clean, unprocessed and fermented foods. Avoid any microwaved, shelved and canned foods which typically contain LOADS of sodium, preservatives and artificial flavoring. If you include such ingredients in your diet, you’re calling for trouble!
At the same time, consume fermented foods such as pickles, sourdough bread, yogurt, and sauerkraut. I know some of these options don’t sound too appealing, but at least consider yogurt as it is a great source of probiotics!
Consume as many healthy fats as possible. This includes olive oil, avocados, and nuts as well as omega-3s (flax seeds, walnuts, fish, and hemp seeds). Healthy fats can help moderate stomach inflammation.
Lastly, focus on proper sleep quantity and quality. Sleep and other mechanisms of reducing stress (exercise, yoga) can provide a sense of renewal and freshness to our body while controlling gut inflammation.
Believe me when I say gut health is EVERYTHING. Take it from someone who has experienced unpleasant stomach issues and was able to turn it around for the better. Your gut health will dictate the way you feel, think and even influence your body composition. Take the matter seriously and start finding suitable ways for you to improve and strengthen your gut function!
Text by Faisal Al Shawa