Keeping it simple is the only truly effective way achieve a healthy gut and a healthy gut equals a healthy, happy life. Let's look at the top 4 habits you can adopt now to start your journey.
I know it sounds so easy, but it can be very hard to stick to this one (believe me I know!). Sugar is everywhere! To make a permanent change, you need to understand what’s really in the food you're consuming - and what to eat instead. Here are some suggestions on how to win at reducing your sugar intake:
Yes, every day! Fiber is easily available in many forms. Here are my top ten to choose from:
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Femented?! What's that? Fermented foods are particularly helpful for those suffering from common digestive and gut issues. For example, leaky gut syndrome, constipation, and autoimmune disorders. Three great sources of fermented fiber are
It won't come as any surprise that you need to sleep. Not sleeping well for a couple of nights catches up to your gut pretty quickly. A recent study on healthy adults revealed that even with just two to four nights in a row of bad sleep, the negative effects on the microbiome were significant. Many beneficial bacteria strains in the gut were reduced by 50%. Not only that, but participants became 20% less resistant to insulin as their microbiomes resembled that of an obese individual. Crazy hey?
It needs to be said, that while napping is beneficial in some ways, it does not replace a normal sleeping - waking cycle in any way. Our bodies are designed for routine - any disruptions cause a knock-on effect throughout the system, particularly the gut.
Both your gut health and sleep affect each other - keep both happy :)