5 easy ways to maintain optimal gut health

gut health

Symptoms like inconsistent bowel movements, stomach pains, and bloating can often be swept under the rug and considered a simple by-product of everyday life... but these symptoms are actually a key indicator of what’s going on in your gut - more specifically, the balance of microorganisms that live in our digestive tract.

When the bacteria, viruses, and yeast that live in the digestive tract are in harmony, the rest of our body functions optimally. When the balance of bacteria is off, however, you may start to experience discomfort and symptoms such as those mentioned above.

It’s incredibly important that you regularly assess your gut health to make sure things aren’t going awry - the gut has been linked to our mood, mental wellbeing, skin conditions, and autoimmune diseases and it’s one of the easiest ways you can discover how well your body is functioning.

In today’s blog, we’re going to explore 5 quick, easy ways that you can maintain good gut health and feel your best. 

1. Pay attention to your diet 

The number one way that you can maintain good gut health is to look at your current diet. Our bodies absorb nutrients through the food that we eat and this has a huge effect on the microorganisms that live in our intestines.

Processed foods and foods that are high in sugar decrease the amount of “good bacteria” in our gut. One study showed that a high-sugar diet can have a significant effect on gut function and the composition of bowel movements.

Foods that are particularly beneficial for your gut membrane are barley, rye, apples, wholegrains, onions, carrots, garlic, mushrooms and legumes. By adding some of these into your recipes and making sure your diet is healthy and full of seasonal fruits and vegetables, you’ll be doing all the right things to support your gut health through your food.

2. Eat lots of fibre 

Eating a varied, balanced diet means that the gut has lots of different types of bacteria in it. Gut microbiota diversity is a good thing - it allows your gut to function optimally. It’s estimated that we have from 300-1000 species of bacteria in our gut at any one time!

Though fibre can’t be digested by our bodies, it can be digested by different types of bacteria found in our guts. By doing this, we are essentially feeding the healthy bacteria in our guts and allowing them to grow and multiply. 

Foods that are high in fibre are:

  • fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges, and strawberries
  • vegetables such as carrots, beetroot, and broccoli
  • wholegrains such as quinoa and barley

3. Take a probiotic supplement

Probiotic supplements work to encourage the “good bacteria” in your gut to grow and aid healthy digestion. If you want to take your probiotics in easy to swallow tablet form, we recommend Probiotic 10 tablets.

We also recommend Liquid Probiotics by Ozona Organics and Probiotic Synergy Powder if you prefer to take supplements in liquid or powder form.

You can also consider eating probiotic-rich foods such as live yoghurt or fermented foods such as sourdough bread to encourage good microbe growth in your gut. Kombucha is a fermented green or black tea that’s becoming increasingly popular for its health benefits. 

4. Drink plenty of water

Studies have shown that drinking lots of water throughout the day has a positive effect on the mucus lining of the intestines and the overall balance of bacteria in your gut.

5. Consider taking a bone broth supplement 

Bone broth supplements contain gelatin and glutamine, two ingredients that are great for soothing any inflammation in the gut. They’re often used as a way to aid leaky gut syndrome or for people who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease.

They also contain collagen, the most abundant protein in the body and one that promotes healthy skin, boosts muscle mass, and relieves joint pain amongst many more benefits.

When looking for a bone broth supplement, it’s important that you choose a brand that uses the highest quality ingredients that are free of unnecessary additives. 

We’d recommend trying Beyond Bone Broth from Jarrow Formulas or Organic Bone Broth Collagen Protein from Planet Paleo.

However…

If you frequently find yourself suffering from symptoms like irregular, inconsistent stools, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and bloating, or unexplained weight loss or gain, we recommend that you book an appointment with your doctor to rule out any underlying health issues.

Get in touch 

Above are some of the quickest and easiest ways that you can look after your gut every day. 

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