- Melania Zilo
Let's Talk About Gut Health
Gut health refers to the function and balance of bacteria in many parts of our gastrointestinal tract. Organs like our esophagus, stomach, and intestines work together to digest food and nutrients with ease. A healthy gut will ensure that the food we eat is broken down into nutrients that later enter our bloodstream and are delivered to all parts of our body. Ideally, your gut contains healthy bacteria and immune cells that fight off bacteria, viruses, and fungi. A healthy gut will also play a part in heart health, brain function, improved mood, adequate sleep, and effective digestion. It has also been found to prevent some forms of cancer and autoimmune diseases. The bacteria in your gut works all over your body to ensure your physical and mental health. Keep scrolling to learn how to take care of your gut.
Go easy on the legumes
While beans are a fantastic source of protein, they are a pain when it comes to bloating and can aggravate different symptoms. Try opting for a less gas-forming protein such as tofu, tempeh, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, or fish.
Fiber for days
Try to incorporate more greens into your diet. Veggies like broccoli and spinach are a great source of fiber and feed the good bacteria in your gut.
Long ago, fermentation was used as a food preservation process where bacteria and yeasts would break down sugars. Fermented foods like kefir or kombucha are an excellent source of probiotics because they contain live bacteria.
Starch for days
Eating resistant starch like cooled potatoes or rice increases the butyrate, which aids in healing your gut lining, which is responsible for enhancing nutrient absorption and prevents toxins and bacteria from leaking into your bloodstream.
Drink lots of water
Start your day with 0.5 L of water and try to drink at least 2L of water every day. It is important to note that if you do have previous experience with indigestion to avoid drinking water 20 minutes before and after dinner to prevent flushing the food through your body before your digestive enzymes have a chance to do their job(thank you, mom, for the lesson).