Meet your new best friend: your gut. This little fella does SO much for our bodies, and when we treat the gut with as much love as it gives us, oh man… there is nothing better! Let me explain. There are some “friendly” bacteria that live in your gut. We need those guys. Without them and therefore a healthy gut, weight loss can be impossible, allergies can occur, and a multitude of other problems can happen if your gut health is not at its best. The gut literally can impact the entirety of your body’s health, and that is crazy! However, that just makes it more important to really take care of your gut health and make sure those “friendly” bacteria are there to stay.
Okay, so first things first: what the heck are these bacteria? The gut bacteria live in the digestive tract and are mostly found in the large intestine and colon. The body takes the absorbed nutrients from the small intestine and take the “leftovers” to the colon. This remaining fibrous component feeds the bacteria in the gut. As the colon “eats” aka ferments the fiber, it will create little fatty acids chain that bring power and all that goodness to the colon cells. This process really just makes it to where the risk for any issues within the immune system is lowered dramatically!
So basically this is why your gut health is your new priority. Who doesn’t want a great immune system, especially during these crazy times of COVID-19.
Now, I know you want to know how to actually take care of your gut.
There are a few simple steps you can take, starting today, to get your gut in tip-top shape.
- Eat Whole Foods: This means eating a whole array of fruit and vegetables. Basically, you want to eat so many vegetables that it could make the colors of the rainbow. Minimize your intake of sugary and processed foods.
- Prebiotic Foods: These are foods that contain a fiber our body cannot digest, and this is PERFECT for those bacteria to chow down on. Brined vegetables, whole oats, bananas, and beans are some great ways to get those bacteria their food!
- Probiotic Foods: You’ve probably heard of these given their recent influx in popularity. These are the foods with bacteria already present in there because they are being used to ferment the food. Yogurt is the most popular option, but you can also find it in the ever-popular kombucha and miso.
There are also many supplements available for you to take to get that probiotic intake up. I know this is something I’ll be investing in, because I am personally not a fan of yogurt nor kombucha! We can definitely help you look for the supplement that would make the perfect addition to your diet to get your gut health rockin’ and rollin’.