Maintaining Good Health Even When You're Busy

I Feel It In My Gut: 4 Steps You Can Take To Improve Your Gut Health

by Caitlin Obara

You do everything you can to keep yourself healthy. You watch your weight, and you get plenty of exercise. Unfortunately, with all that effort, you might still be forgetting one vital area of your body; your gut. You see, without proper care, your gut can get sick. Once your gut gets sick, you can experience side effects such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal cramping. Luckily, there are some lifestyle changes you can make that will get your gut feeling better again. Here are four of those changes to help get you on your way to gut health.

Add Supplements

You might not realize this, but your gut needs good bacteria to keep itself healthy. Unfortunately, in today's busy world, it can be difficult for your gut to maintain healthy bacteria levels. That's why a good probiotic supplement and other gut health supplements are so important. Daily probiotic supplements can help your gut grow healthy bacteria colonies, which will help keep your gut healthy.

Eat More Fermented Foods

Probiotic supplements aren't the only way to increase the healthy bacteria inside your gut. You can also eat a diet rich in fermented foods. Fermented foods can keep your gut healthy by introducing a natural source of bacteria to thrive on. Some fermented foods that you should add to your diet include yogurt, sauerkraut, and fermented tofu. You don't need to eat those foods on a daily basis. However, adding several helpings to your diet each week will go along way towards keeping your gut healthy.

Limit Your Use of Antibiotics

For all the work you'll do to get your gut healthy, there's something that can destroy the bacteria that you're working so hard to grow. That's antibiotics. If you want your gut to be as healthy as possible, you need to limit your use of antibiotics. That doesn't mean you shouldn't take antibiotics when absolutely necessary. However, it does mean that you should avoid taking them unless your doctor determines that it's a medical necessity. You see, antibiotics destroy the healthy bacteria living in your gut. With excess antibiotic use, your gut will lose the ability to grow healthy bacteria, which will leave your gut in an unhealthy state.

Take Time to Relax

Now that you're making dietary changes to get your gut healthy and you're limiting your antibiotic use, there's one more thing you need to do. You need to take time to relax. Add a leisurely walk to your daily routine, or sign up for a yoga class. A relaxed lifestyle will help you maintain a healthy gut, which will help keep the rest of your body healthy too.