Bacterias are everywhere.
Even on and inside our bodies.
Ewww. That’s probably what you’re thinking, isn’t it?
And some of you might also be wondering if it’s harmful. After all, isn’t bacteria the root cause for most diseases?
Yes, bacteria does cause diseases but did you know that only less than 1% microbes actually cause diseases?
There are various kinds of bacteria that are actually helpful to us. Some of them live on our skin and in our body, and act as the first line of defence against harmful diseases.
The most densely populated body part is your gut. Bacteria play a crucial role in digestion, immune function as well as weight regulation in your daily life.
Signs of an unhealthy gut
Since your gut bacteria depends on what you eat, the food you consume can play a big role in your health. If you don’t eat right, you could have an unhealthy gut. These are the signs of an unhealthy gut:
- Digestive issues
- Sugar cravings
- Bad breath
- Food sensitivity
- Anxiety & moodiness
- Skin problems
- Suppressed immunity
- Autoimmune conditions
- Unintentional weight changes
Causes of an unhealthy gut
Now that you know the symptoms of an unhealthy gut, you’ll have to figure out what’s causing it so that you can battle it with ease.
- Lack of sleep
- Processed foods
- Lack of fibre
These were some of the causes of an unhealthy microbiome in your intestines. To understand the exact cause of the poor health of your gut, contact us and book an appointment with a homoeopath in your city.
How to improve your gut health
You don’t eat just for yourself. The food you eat also feeds the trillions of microbes living inside your body. So whatever you eat is the deciding factor for the health of your stomach as well as your overall health.
That’s why it is very important that you take care of what you put in your body. Here are 9 ways that will help you improve your gut health.
- Lower your stress levels
- Get enough sleep
- Chew your meals
- Drink more water
- Increase your fibre intake
- Change your diet
- Eat probiotic or prebiotic foods
- Avoid using antibiotics
- Incorporate changes slowly
1. Lower your stress levels
Chronic high levels of stress tend to take a toll on your body in the long run. Especially your gut. Some ways to lower stress can include meditation, exercise, spending time with loved ones, aromatherapy, music therapy, decreasing caffeine intake, yoga, laughing, etc.
2. Get enough sleep
If you don’t get enough sleep, there will be a rise of bad bacteria in your gut. And when there is a rise of bad bacteria, you won’t be able to sleep well. Try to achieve at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night for a better gut and overall health.
3. Chew your meals
Chewing your meals and eating at a slower pace helps you with better digestion and allow your bodies to easily absorb all the nutrients as well.
4. Drink more water
Staying hydrated aids digestion. It also has a positive effect on the mucosal lining of the stomach and helps maintain a balance of the bacteria in the stomach.
5. Increase your fibre intake
According to studies, most people don’t include the recommended amount of fibre in their daily diet. Foods high in fibre such as legumes, beans, whole grains, berries, bananas, etc are known to have a positive impact on the gut bacteria and they feed healthy bacteria.
6. Change your diet
Following a plant-based diet is helpful in several ways when you are trying to improve your gut health. It’ll help you avoid highly processed foods and intake natural foods. A plant-based diet also contains more fibre, which is good for your gut health.
7. Eat probiotic or prebiotic foods
Probiotic foods often help you increase the good bacteria in your stomach. Prebiotics provide food that promotes the positive growth of the bacteria in your gut. So go ahead and include more seasonal vegetables, whole grains, yoghurt, cheeses, or pickles in your diet.
8. Avoid using antibiotics
Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria and that’s what they do. These medicines don’t differentiate between the good and the bad bacteria, thus leading to a decrease of the healthy gut bacteria. If you have to take antibiotics, ensure that you consume more food that promotes the growth of your microbiome.
9. Incorporate changes slowly
You might have heard this sentence often: Too much of a good thing is also bad. It’s the same case when you are trying to incorporate good habits for your health. If you increase the consumption of fibre, then it can lead to other stomach problems such as flatulence or bloating. Thus, make sure that you slowly introduce these changes to your body since shocking it can lead to adverse effects.
The key to better health
Since the good health of your gut doesn’t benefit just your digestion but also your overall health, it is very important to maintain it. Gut health also affects your mood, heart, kidney, sleep pattern, brain, obesity, etc. Hence, a good gut is the key to better health.