The great thing about improving your gut health is that it’s never too late to start. It does take time so the sooner you start the better. The following steps will assist you in your gut healing journey.
Improve Your Diet
Diet is probably the most effective way to improve your gut health. Include the following regularly.
- A wide variety foods. This will feed your microbiome diverse strains of healthy bacteria which is vital to gut health.
- Bone Broths. Nutrient dense and super rich in minerals in particular glutamine the most important amino acid for healing your gut wall.
- Fermented foods. These are pillars of good gut health as they are rich with live, active enzymes and probiotics.
- Foods rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols encourage growth of good bacteria. Foods rich in polyphenols include green tea, dark chocolate, blueberries, onions and red wine.
- Plants. A plant-based diet can reduce harmful bacteria, inflammation, and cholesterol.
- High-fibre vegetables. These include pistachios, almonds, lentils, green peas, artichokes, blueberries, broccoli, chickpeas, and kidney beans.
- Foods rich in prebiotics. Prebiotic foods promote the growth of good bacteria and include asparagus, onions and artichokes.
Take a Probiotic Supplement
Probiotic supplements don’t significantly affect the microbiome of healthy people. However, sick people can significantly improve microbiome function and restore gut health.
Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are a widely used sugar replacement however they can negatively affect the gut microbiome and promote the growth of bad bacteria.
Avoid Unnecessary Doses of Antibiotics
Antibiotics are necessary to fight bacterial infections, however they are at times prescribed unnecessarily. They have a lasting negative impact on the gut microbiome and alternative options should be discussed with your doctor where possible.
Get Quality Sleep
Research has shown that individuals who get good quality sleep regularly have a more diverse microbiome. On top of that poor sleep often leads to poor eating choices so make sure you get your forty winks.
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