6 Simple Tips for a Healthier Gut
by Hannah Cobb, Ever'man Wellness Team Member and Certified Natural Health Professional
The importance of taking care of your digestive system cannot be stressed enough. Our digestive system plays a significant role in detoxifying our body as well as housing a considerable part of our immune system! Would you believe me if I told you that 80% of our immune system is in our gut? That’s why it’s so important to make sure it stays healthy. If your digestive system isn’t working correctly, then you will notice. Bloating, indigestion, gas, constipation, you name it! Unfortunately, with the way America eats with our SAD diet (standard American diet), it’s no wonder that we have trouble. Did you know that stress can even affect digestion? I bet you will notice that things can be “off” during travel or when you are going through a stressful time.
No matter what digestive issue you are having, there are things you can do to improve your gut health significantly.
Here are some key things to do if you want good gut health:
1. Eat Foods High in Fiber
Your large intestine relies on having adequate amounts of fiber every day. Fiber is the substance that “sweeps” out the colon keeping it clean (think of it as an internal cleanser). After your small intestine has absorbed all of the nutrients from your food, the fiber is sent to the large intestine where all of the water is taken out, and stool is formed. If we don’t have that “bulk” to our stool, then our bowels won’t move, and we will have constipation as a result. Besides eating fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, you can also supplement with fibers like psyllium husk.
2. Take a Probiotic
Probiotics are good bacteria that are naturally found in a healthy intestinal tract. When we eat a SAD diet or take an antibiotic, then the beneficial bacteria are killed. When we have an unbalance of good bacteria