It’s great to look fit on the outside, but it’s even better to feel good on the inside. Your health starts with what goes in your body, down to the microscopic level. Your gut health is determined by how diverse your gut microbiome is. Our gut microbiota lives in our intestines and contains trillions of microorganisms including at least one thousand different species of known bacteria. It also has 150 times more genes than human genes. It doesn’t get more personal than your gut microbiome. The gut microbiome plays such a major role in the normal functioning of the body that some experts consider it an organ. Some also call it the second brain. From birth and throughout life, the gut microbiome controls the digestion of food, immune system, and central nervous system. It also helps with the production of some vitamins (B&K).
Here are just some ways you can
improve your gut health:
- Eat diverse foods. A varied diet can lead to a diverse microbiome, which is a great indicator of good gut health.
- Eat fermented foods. Yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir all contain healthy bacteria and can reduce the amount of disease- causing species in the gut.
- Eat prebiotics. Prebiotics are a type of food that stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria. Foods that are prebiotic-rich include artichokes, bananas, asparagus, and apples.
- Eat polyphenols. Polyphenols are plant compounds found in red wine, dark chocolate, olive oil and whole grains. The microbiome breaks them down to stimulate healthy bacterial growth.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners. They increase blood sugar by stimulating the growth of unhealthy bacteria.
- Take fermented single form ingredients such as Fermented Glutamine, Fermented BCAA’s and Fermented Citrulline.
- Take antibiotics only when necessary. Antibiotics kill most bad and good bacteria in the gut microbiome. This possibly contributes to weight gain and antibiotic resistance.