Digestion is an extremely important bodily process. If whatever it is that you are eating and/or drinking does not get digested properly, your body may not be able to carry out the rest of its functions normally.
And while there are several organs that play vital roles in ensuring that the digestive process goes on smoothly, perhaps the most significant role is delivered by your gut.
A Healthy Gut:
The gut is not just important for digestion, but for other vital bodily processes as well like immunity and hormonal balance! The bacteria found in the gut are what determine the health of the gut. Many of our lifestyle habits (especially a poor diet!) can really be detrimental to these bacteria.
And if there aren’t enough bacteria in the gut, the gut is unable to do its job.
So if you are looking to enjoy a better overall health, here are some easy ways to help grow gut bacteria and keep things running smoothly.
1: More Fermented Foods:
Fermented foods like yoghurt, kim chi, bone broth etc. contain probiotic which are almost mandatory for good gut health. The probiotics produce several enzymes that are great for digestive health so your diet should definitely consist of more fermented food products.
Alternatively, if you do not wish to actually eat fermented products, you can still provide your body with the required dose of probiotics through several supplements too.
2: Eat Less:
While eating better is important for good digestive health, sometimes fast for intermittent periods of time can also help boost gut bacteria. When you are not eating for a particular time period, you give your digestive system a much needed break. During this break the gut then gets a valuable chance of boosting the bacteria, since it is not doing anything else.
3: Fewer Medicines:
If every time you get sick you run to the medicine cabinet to grab an antibiotic, you might want to break that habit. Keep your antibiotics only for extreme cases because while they are effective at getting rid of infections, they also get rid of the bacteria, vitamins etc. in your body, too!
Instead, look for more natural ways to boost good health and keep the medicines away.
Did you know that the amount of stress you take can actually end up creating havoc on your body and also tampers with how your body digests food?
So if you are looking into improving digestive health, it is important that you take some time out to just relax. If you are too stressed, that can rid your gut off of the good bacteria too which you do not want to happen in any case.
So eat well and have a daily ritual where you just take some time to enjoy yourself (reading a book, listening to good music, perhaps even work out) so that the stress stays away from you and you can continue enjoying good health!