10 Ways to Cultivate Good Gut Health

10 Ways to Cultivate Good Gut Health

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Researchers have found a connection between the gut and brain, termed the gut-brain axis. It is like a nervous system within the gut communicating with the brain and plays a role in many diseases as well as mental health. Simply put, the wellness of our body and brain, depends on our gut health.

Here are 10 ways to cultivate good gut health:

  1. Consume fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha to encourage beneficial bacteria growth or take a probiotic supplement.
  2. Ensure an adequate complete protein consumption so that your body is provided with the necessary amino acids for neurotransmitter synthesis.
  3. Breath diaphragmatically to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and enhance digestion
  4. Consume foods on the low-glycaemic index to help stabilise blood sugars and avoid the initiation of the stress response 
  5. Ensure adequate fluid intake and remember to rehydrate with 2 glasses of water for every caffeinated beverage consumed
  6. Treat intestinal pathogens that may be irritating the digestive system. Intestine supporting herbs like Pau D’Arco, Black walnut, oregano oil and Wormwood are all commonly used to help prevent or decrease parasitic loads, enabling the gut to get back into balance.
  7. Reduce consumption of foods that you may be reacting to. Symptoms such as indigestion, heart burn, brain fog and skin rashes are your body’s way of asking to take a break from these foods. 
  8. Consume apple cider vinegar prior to eating to enhance digestion and nutrient absorption. 
  9. Consider drinking herbal tea instead of reaching for a cup of coffee. Caffeine can decrease insulin sensitivity, making it difficult for your cells to respond appropriately to blood sugar. 
  10. Get out and exercise! This will stimulate the growth of friendly gut bacteria and promote neurotransmitter health, helping to support our mood. 

Don’t let this list of lifestyle changes overwhelm you. Start with one or two changes a week. It is all the little consistent things we do that make up the big things, resulting in better long-term health and happiness.

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10 Ways to Cultivate Good Gut Health

Researchers have found a connection between the gut and brain, termed the gut-brain axis. It is like a nervous system within the gut communicating with the brain and plays a role in many diseases as well as mental health. Simply put, the wellness of our body and brain, depends on our gut health.

Here are 10 ways to cultivate good gut health:

  1. Consume fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha to encourage beneficial bacteria growth or take a probiotic supplement.
  2. Ensure an adequate complete protein consumption so that your body is provided with the necessary amino acids for neurotransmitter synthesis.
  3. Breath diaphragmatically to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and enhance digestion
  4. Consume foods on the low-glycaemic index to help stabilise blood sugars and avoid the initiation of the stress response 
  5. Ensure adequate fluid intake and remember to rehydrate with 2 glasses of water for every caffeinated beverage consumed
  6. Treat intestinal pathogens that may be irritating the digestive system. Intestine supporting herbs like Pau D’Arco, Black walnut, oregano oil and Wormwood are all commonly used to help prevent or decrease parasitic loads, enabling the gut to get back into balance.
  7. Reduce consumption of foods that you may be reacting to. Symptoms such as indigestion, heart burn, brain fog and skin rashes are your body’s way of asking to take a break from these foods. 
  8. Consume apple cider vinegar prior to eating to enhance digestion and nutrient absorption. 
  9. Consider drinking herbal tea instead of reaching for a cup of coffee. Caffeine can decrease insulin sensitivity, making it difficult for your cells to respond appropriately to blood sugar. 
  10. Get out and exercise! This will stimulate the growth of friendly gut bacteria and promote neurotransmitter health, helping to support our mood. 

Don’t let this list of lifestyle changes overwhelm you. Start with one or two changes a week. It is all the little consistent things we do that make up the big things, resulting in better long-term health and happiness.

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