Many studies in the past have established links between a healthy digestive system and immune health, mental health, autoimmune diseases, skin condition, and cancer. Hence it can be said that having healthy digestion is essential to a healthy life.
Our digestive system consists of many organs and microbiome. The gut microbiome refers to the micro-organisms living in our intestines. An average human being has roughly 250 to 550 different species of bacteria living in their intestines, these bacteria are essential for proper digestion. High-stress levels, inadequate sleep, eating unhealthy, processed foods and antibiotics damage the gut microbiome.
If you have an unhealthy gut you can experience problems like upset stomach, unintentional weight changes, sleep disturbances, skin Irritation, autoimmune disorders, and food intolerances. Apart from keeping these issues at bay a healthy gut also takes care of brain and heart health.
There are a few changes that you can incorporate in your routine to get a healthy gut in the most natural way possible.
Manage Stress Levels
High-stress levels are very bad for your body, including your gut. If you feel you’re overstressed you should include activities like meditation, yoga, and morning walks. Increasing Family time, diffusing essential oils, and decreasing caffeine intake can also help decrease your stress levels.
Get Adequate Amount Of Sleep
Inadequate quality sleep can have a very bad impact on your gut and overall health, try to optimize your schedule to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep in a day.
Staying hydrated is quite essential to maintain the mucosal lining of the intestines, hydration also helps in maintaining a balance of the good bacteria.
Increase intake of Probiotics
Adding probiotics like yogurt, curd, pickled cucumbers, and buttermilk are the most effective way to increase gut health as probiotics promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics also have a cooling effect on the digestive system thus directly impacting your digestion.
Eat Lots of Vegetables, Fruits, Natural Fibers and Legumes
Fruits and vegetables are the best source of nutrients for a healthy gut. They are high in fiber which is indigestible by our body but are digestible by certain bacteria thus promoting their growth. Some highly beneficial fruits and vegetables include Raspberries, Peas, Whole grains, Chickpeas, Apples, and Almonds.
Avoid Antibiotics Unless Necessary
Antibiotics are very harmful to the gut health as they kill many good and bad bacteria in the gut microbiome, hence it’s advised that you should take antibiotics only when necessary.
Including these simple changes in your lifestyle will not only help your digestive system but will also have a positive impact on your overall health and lifestyle as rightly said by Buddha “To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise, we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear”.