The Importance of a Healthy Gut and How to Get There
If you’re not seeing new and improved results from your dietary habits – the reason may be because of your gut health. If your gut isn’t in top shape, you may be noticing bloating, constipation, or stomach discomfort. These are all signs of poor gut health.
The fungi, bacteria, and other organisms in your gut are helping you digest your meals, making important nutrients your body can’t produce on its own, protecting you from disease, and even shaping parts of your DNA. In fact, 80 percent of your immune system health comes from your gut!, plus a lot of other factors that determine how good you feel. Our gut bacteria is responsible for helping to produce hormones, managing appetite and body weight, digesting fiber, controlling our mood, boosting our immune system, helping repair damaged tissues and injuries, and so much more.
The bad bacteria in your gut feeds on sugar and unhealthy fats. The good bacteria needs one important nutrient to thrive – fiber! When you have plenty of fiber, the good bacteria can do their job and your digestion, mood, and brain function even reap the benefits! The recommended does of fiber is 25-30 grams per day, and less than 5% of Americans actually get this much!
Here are some tips to keeping your gut healthy!
- Don’t kill the good bacteria. Stay clear of environmental toxins, unnecessary antibiotics. Eat clean, organic food.
- Don’t feed the bad bacteria. Stay clear of processed foods, sugar and unhealthy fats.
- Feed the good bacteria. Take probiotics or prebiotics, eat lots of fiber, plant based foods, fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains! Eat fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, or kombucha.