We’ve all heard of 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’.
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 gases 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 a few ways you can strengthen your gut to maximally absorb the nutrients out of the foods you eat and improve gut functioning.
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.
2. Eat Clean
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!
3. Healthy Fats
Consume as much 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.
Focus on proper sleep quantity and quality. Sleep and other mechanisms of reducing stress (exercise and yoga, for example) can provide a sense of renewal and freshness to our body while controlling for gut inflammation.
Believe me when I say gut health is EVERYTHING. Take it from someone who has experienced chronic 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 implementing these strategies to improve and strengthen you gut function!