Gut Health: What It Is and What You Should Know.
Our digestive health is something that many of us don't think very much about. But if you're experiencing fatigue, unexplained weight gain, or mood swings, addressing your gut health could be a step towards better overall health. At SoulFed, the Netflix of wellness, we offer videos on the topic. But we wanted to give you some tips on the new SoulFed blog as well. Here's what you need to know. Ready? Let's dive in!
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Your gut is your gatekeeper. It’s the first line of defense against harmful microbes, and it helps you absorb nutrients from the food you eat. Your gut is also home to more than 100 trillion bacteria—bacteria that play a major role in keeping your immune system healthy.
Your gut has three main functions:
To digest and absorb nutrients from food.
To act as a barrier between the inside of your body and the outside world.
To produce certain hormones, neurotransmitters, and other chemical messengers.
The gut-brain axis is a two-way street. The brain can influence the gut and vice versa. So if you're experiencing anxiety or depression—or other mental health issues—your gut health may be an important factor to consider.
It's also the case that people who are struggling with mental health conditions often experience digestive problems as well. If you've ever had an upset stomach after a stressful day, this is why: your gut and brain are connected!
Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for you. Found in things like kimchi and yogurt. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are non-digestible food ingredients that help the growth of probiotics. They can be found in foods like bananas, onions, garlic, asparagus, artichokes, and legumes.
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At SoulFed, we believe that healing comes from the inside. In order to heal your gut, there are some simple steps you can take that will make a big difference.
Eat more fermented foods (like sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir).
Go to bed earlier and get more sleep.
Take probiotic supplements if you don’t eat fermented foods regularly or choose not to eat them due to food sensitivities or other reasons (more on this later).
Exercise regularly, but not too much as over-exercising can cause stress on the body which has negative effects on gut health!
Get enough rest by taking time every day for yourself: relax with friends/family, meditate or go for walks outside in nature – whatever works best for you!
Cut down on stress as much as possible – this is really important because chronic stress causes inflammation which is harmful to our bodies in many ways including affecting our digestion system negatively!
At SoulFed, we know that there are many factors that contribute to good gut health, but it all boils down to four main components:
Rest and digest. Your body needs time to rest in order to heal and repair itself, so make sure you're getting sufficient sleep, reducing stress in your life, and taking time out throughout the day for relaxation (especially after a meal).
Healthy eating. You can't expect your body to heal if you're not giving it the right nutrients! Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) will give you the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed for healthy digestion as well as a strong immune system that can fight off disease-causing bacteria in the gut like H. pylori or Candida albicans. Eating a Paleo diet rich in protein from pasture-raised eggs and grass-fed meats is also helpful because these foods naturally contain probiotics which help promote digestive health by replenishing beneficial bacteria living in our intestines.
Drinking water helps keep everything running smoothly inside us - from our kidneys filtering waste from our bloodstream through colon cleansing removing any undigested food particles left over after digestion has taken place before passing into the large intestine where most water absorption occurs before exiting the anus during a bowel movement (poop). Water is essential for staying hydrated while also keeping our bodies functioning properly through regulating temperature maintenance since we sweat more often during exercise activity outside under hot summer heat waves; sweating means losing moisture faster than normal which needs replacing by drinking plenty of pure H20 daily.
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There are no quick fixes to gut health. If you’re experiencing gut issues, it’s important to remember that healing takes time. But you are not alone in this journey—you can talk to your doctor and other practitioners about your concerns, and use this blog post as a starting point for your own research on the topic. The good news is that there are many ways to support a healthy gut, and doing so will benefit more than just your digestion: the better we take care of our bodies, the better off we all are! Don't forget to enjoy our free video on gut health below and subscribe to SoulFed for more today!
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Join licensed nutritionist Hanna Hanula as she explores the role of the microbiome in Gut Health.
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