Like cauliflower rice, meditation, and macros, gut health has popped up on the health radar for most of us over the last year or two. But, how do you actually achieve optimal gut health and why is that important for overall wellness?
Why Is Gut Health Important?
When we talk about gut health, we’re actually talking about your gut microbiome – the bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms that exist mainly inside your intestines and on your skin. These microorganisms may weigh as much as 5 pounds, and they function as an extra organ in your body that plays an important role in your daily health!
A healthy gut microbiome helps to control gut health by communicating with the cells in your intestine, helping to digest certain types of food while also helping to prevent bad bacteria from sticking around! It also:
How to Improve Gut Health
Take a Probiotic Supplement
Stress, lifestyle choices, highly-processed foods, pollution, and even other more uncontrollable factors can drastically impact your gut flora. While your lifestyle and food choices may be under your control (most of the time), there’s not a lot you can do about the air and water quality of your city.
This is why taking a daily probiotic supplement can help replenish and support a healthy gut and intestine! Not only do probiotics help aid digestion, but they also help your gut maintain a healthy balance.
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Get More Sleep
Research shows that the relationship between microbiota and sleep seems to be a two-way street. Not only does our microbiota impact how well we sleep, but sleep and circadian rhythms affect our gut! For example, did you know that melatonin is produced in the gut as well as the brain?
Although we’re still only beginning to understand this dynamic relationship, we know enough to say that not sleeping enough can have a negative effect on microbiome health.
So what do you do with this? If you’re already taking a probiotic, then it’s time to tackle sleep! Taking an hour away from screens before bed has been shown to improve sleep quality as well as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption in the later parts of the day. But, if you’re still finding your mind reeling until midnight, then try adding Isotonix Essentials™ Turn Down to your nighttime routine!*
Research shows that ongoing stress can not only negatively affect the healthy bacteria in your gut, but poor gut health can also put a damper on your entire system! One of the services your microbiome provides is to signal a response to the brain to help it cope with stress so that it doesn’t affect the rest of the body. But, when stress becomes chronic, it can erode that good bacteria making it less diverse and negatively impact the communication process.
Of course, you can’t avoid stress altogether. Do your best to manage daily stressors by adding physical activity, reducing caffeine, and practicing gratitude and mindfulness – but, don’t forget there are always supplements to help! We love Bliss® for tackling stress with a special blend of ingredients with adaptogenic qualities, calming your mind without making you drowsy.*
Clean Up Your Diet
Highly-processed and sugary foods aren’t just bad for your skin and waistline – they’re pretty awful for your gut health, too! The food we eat plays a crucial role in maintaining the diversity and function of our gut microbiota. What we put into our bodies doesn’t just feed us; it also depends on the trillions of gut bacteria in order to be properly digested and utilized by our bodies. This means that a varied and balanced diet of vegetables, lean protein, and fiber has been shown to contribute tremendously to gut health.
If you know your diet could be a contributing factor to poor gut health, it’s time to make a change. Don’t think you have to go it alone, though! TLS® Weight Loss is a great way to get your eating back on track so you can get to looking and feeling better than ever. Go ahead, pop over and take our Weight Loss Profile Quiz to see how you can get started today!
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