Your gut health is connected to most parts of your body, and it's affected by most things that you do to your body. It's been a stressful year for most, so now may be an excellent time to learn how you can help support a healthy microbiome for your gut, boost your immunity and help you get more nutrition out of your food.
Nourish your gut bacteria with a diet rich in whole foods (i.e. lots of vegetables and proteins) and few processed foods. To keep your gut microbiome at the top of its game, try gut health supplements. They help fill the gaps in your diet, or if you are fasting, by boosting your microbiome and strengthening your gut lining for optimal performance.
Your gut is a diverse microbiome with thousands of bacteria living in harmony, working to help your body get nutrition and maintain a line of defence against invaders. Probiotics are the supplement form of those gut bacteria, and they help build the population of these good bacteria.
Now that we’ve covered probiotics, you need to think about what feeds them — you guessed it, prebiotics. Prebiotic fibre helps nourish your gut bacteria, especially when you can’t eat enough fibre-rich foods. Prebiotics provide the nourishment your digestive bacteria need to do their job.
For optimum digestion, Aloe Vera capsules soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines to support smooth and natural digestion. It also helps supports healthy immune function, helps maintain healthy intestinal bacteria and calms bloating and digestive discomfort.
Did you know that it's impossible to digest food without magnesium? A deficiency can contribute to digestive trouble. Without magnesium, your body can't perform the "mechanics" of digestion, make stomach acid, make digesting enzymes for carbs, proteins and fats, and repair and protect your digestive organs. Of all of these issues, not being regular, is the most common final result of poor digestion, and is one symptom of a magnesium deficiency.
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Eat probiotic foods
Experiment with fermented foods that are rich in probiotic bacteria, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir and yogurt. During the fermenting process, bacterial cultures start to thrive in the food, so when you eat them, you're supplementing the same bacteria found in your gut.
Add more fibre
Fibre ferments in your gut and becomes food for your gut bacteria instead of just passing through. As a general rule, prebiotic fibre feeds beneficial gut bacteria, giving them the fuel to thrive. When fibre ferments in your gut, it's broken down into short-chain fatty acids that fight inflammation and help maintain the health of your gut lining.
Cut back on sugar and processed foods
Diets high in sugar and preservatives do damage to your gut. Some bacteria love sugar, so they multiply — but this can throw off the delicate balance in your microbiome. Cutting out sugar not only means eliminating candy and cookies. It also means less fruit (high in a natural sugar called fructose), low-nutrient carbs and alcohol.
Get enough sleep
Healthy guts are filled with unique, diverse combinations of bacteria. That microbiome changes when you don't sleep enough. Studies have found that sleep loss increases toxins, increases inflammation and negatively changes the ratio of bacteria in your gut.
When you have a healthy gut, you're getting more nutrients out of your food and supporting a strong immune system. Adding supplements and changing your diet can help fortify your defences and keep you healthy for the rest of 2020 and beyond.