9 Things You Should Know About Gut Health

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 28/01/2022 | 15:55

Your gut is your body’s second brain. If you don’t take care of it, then you can develop a number of serious health problems. Taking care of one’s gut, thankfully, is not particularly difficult. It simply requires you to eat healthily, watch your sugar and fat intake, and avoid foods that you are allergic to.

 

Poor gut health does not only cause physical health problems, but also mental ones. Scientific studies have shown that poor gut health contributes to anxiety, depression, and stress.

This article will tell you about nine things that you need to know about your gut’s health:

Microbiome Analysis

You may have heard of services that offer microbiome testing in the past. Companies that offer a gut microbiome analysis service are able to tell you about your body’s microbial diversity level, how it breaks down nutrients, and which substances your body produces. A microbiome analysis can also tell you which microbial species are present in your gut. If you want to know what is going on with your gut’s health, then a microbiome analysis is definitely a test that’s worth taking. These tests are reasonably priced and have quick turnaround times.

Bathroom Schedule

If you are interested in knowing about your gut’s health, then you need to monitor your bathroom schedule. Monitoring the number of times that you defecate a day can give you a picture of how your gut’s functioning. You also need to monitor the consistency of your feces. When you begin monitoring your toilet habits, you will get an idea of your body’s schedule. If your schedule begins to change, then it might be worth speaking to your doctor. Your body is very consistent when it comes to going to the bathroom, so your schedule is definitely something that’s worth learning about.

Processed Foods

Processed foods are notorious for causing inflammation in one’s gut. This inflammation, if persistent, can lead to a number of health problems. For this reason, you should try to cut processed foods out of your diet. The reason processed foods cause inflammation is because your gut determines many of the ingredients contained within them, like corn syrup, as attackers. So, to combat these attackers, your gut begins fighting these foods as if they were an infection. Eating more fruit and vegetables can reduce the amount of stress caused to your gut by processed food-induced inflammation.

Consuming Probiotics

If you care about your gut’s health, then take probiotics. Probiotics are especially important if you have just finished a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics wipe out bodily bacteria, like lactobacillus. You can take probiotics in tablet form, or more simply, you can eat foods like bananas, asparagus, and legumes. All of these foods contain high levels of probiotics and help to restore your body’s bacteria. Most foods that contain probiotics are also very good for your health in other ways. For example, bananas are rich in vitamins and minerals and are a cornerstone of a healthy diet. You should also consume probiotics. You can find them in fermented food products, like kefir and miso.

Mental Health

As already mentioned in this article’s introduction, your gut’s health influences your mental health. If you are feeling depressed or anxious, it could be because your gut is unhealthy, not because you are genuinely suffering from a mental health disorder. When your gut isn’t getting the nutrients that it needs, your body can produce less serotonin. Interestingly, up to 95% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the small intestine. Low serotonin is notorious for causing depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. Poor gut health can also contribute to brain fog.

Adequate Sleep

In order to improve your gut’s health, you need to get enough sleep. Scientific studies have found that people who get the right amount of sleep and eat healthy diets have better gut health than people who just eat healthily but have poor quality sleep. The gut-sleep relationship is well-documented. In addition, if you eat unhealthily and your gut becomes inflamed, you will likely experience abdominal pains, which can keep you awake. An upset stomach can also keep you awake. For this reason, try to eat healthily, both for sleep and for your body.

Eating Quickly

Something that you should either avoid or get out of the habit of is eating quickly. When you eat quickly, your body isn’t given an opportunity to start digesting food. This can lead to stomach upset and gut problems. The slower you eat, the better it is for your body. As you begin to break down food with your teeth, you send signals to your gut, notifying it that it’s time to begin digesting food. When you eat too quickly, you take your gut by surprise and don’t give it enough time to process and digest food.

Meditative Practice

Scientists have found that the more you relax, the better condition your gut will be in. When you meditate and make relaxation a top priority, your body will not only be able to digest food, but also fight gut disorders. Yes, scientific studies have shown that meditation actually eases the negative symptoms of gut disorders. There are lots of different styles of meditation that you can practice. Some find that mindfulness meditation is the most effective for eliminating gut disorders. You can also practise yoga, and other styles of meditation, like a walking meditation.

Healthy Eating

If you want a healthy gut, then you need to eat healthily. It’s a fact. You will be unable to take care of your gut if your diet’s filled with unhealthy, fatty foods. Unhealthy foods don’t just impact your gut, however. They also impact your entire body, leading to issues like heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. All of these things can contribute to an early death. One’s body should be taken care of, in order to prolong one’s lifespan. Healthy eating isn’t difficult. Once you get into the habit of eating a healthy diet, you won’t want to go back to junk food.

Your gut’s health should be one of your primary concerns. As this article demonstrates, an unhealthy gut can have serious implications for your entire body. Taking care of one’s gut, fortunately, isn’t difficult, and simply requires a healthy diet and sensible life choices.

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