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Here is a guide to improve your gut health.
The famous Greek philosopher Hippocrates once said- all disease begins in the gut.
Gut health is a hot topic these days and for a good reason.
What we eat and how we eat profoundly impact our health.
But how many of us are aware of what we are consuming and how we are eating it?
We often skip breakfast, skimp on lunch, and graze on snacks until our stomach is full. Then come the consequences💣
We complain about bloating and indigestion more frequently than the traffic in our city!
And that is just the tip of the iceberg🗻
The gut problems do not just affect the gut.
Imagine a hub of interconnected computers 🖥️🔗🖥️🔗🖥️ with one primary computer in the center 🖥️. If the primary computer experiences a disruption, it will affect the string of computers it is interconnected to.
In the human body, the central computer is the gut. What we consume and how we consume it directly affect the various regions of our body.
The quality of your gut flora directly reflects the condition of your skin. So if you find that your skin is not responding to any of the million facial products you have tried, it might be time to look inward for answers🧘♀️
Let us take a closer look👀at the iceberg! The quality of your gut also affects your mood and behavior.
For example, imagine you have stage fright and are about to perform solo. As your anxiety builds, you may feel nauseous or like your stomach is churning 🌀.
This is a perfect example of how your emotions connect with your gut!
Gut health is critical for overall health and well-being. Poor gut health is related to various health problems, including digestive disorders, allergies, asthma, and obesity.
The most important question is how can we take care of our gut health and ensure it feels healthy?💆♀️
Here are effortless yet effective ways to take care of your gut:
1. CFC tea 🍵
Addicted to coffee or milkshakes in the morning? Even though they may temporarily satisfy your taste buds, they are not doing any favors for your body 🚫.
Instead, try a combination of cumin, fennel, and coriander (CFC) drinks in the morning.
This combination of seeds regulates digestion 💪🏻and acts as a detox agent 🍵, making it a simple and effective way to cleanse🧹your gut first thing in the morning.
If you are prone to fever or other diseases, this drink is especially beneficial as it helps maintain homeostasis in the body by regulating temperature.
Incorporating some movement into your day can be very beneficial for your health! Go for a walk or run🏃♀️, try yoga🧘♀️, try out a dance routine🕺or do some gym workouts 🏋️♀️- whatever suits you best.
But why is movement so important?
Movement in the body allows for increased blood flow to the gut, which then helps regulate better digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body. This is also a great way to wake yourself up on those sluggish mornings!⏰
So next time you are feeling a little sluggish, try getting up and moving around a bit- you might just surprise yourself at how much better you feel afterward!
3. Sleep well💤
In America, seventy percent of the adult population have inefficient sleep at least one night a month. Eleven percent of the working population report they have an insufficient sleep every night.
Sleep plays an integral role in health. When you do not get enough sleep, it is detrimental to your productivity levels the next day and can also cause physical issues like a “leaky gut.”
A leaky gut happens when the stomach enzymes and food start to leak into the bloodstream, resulting in stomach pain, headaches, infections, and other issues.
Not getting enough sleep also weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to getting sick 😷.
So the next time you go to bed at 3 am, think, is it REALLY worth it? 🤔
4. Avoid Antibiotics❌
With the increasing number of diseases, more and more people are consuming antibiotics
There are roughly 40 trillion microbes 🦠 that live in our body, most of which are in our gut and can impact everything from how we digest our food to how we defend ourselves against outside threats such as viruses, parasites, and bacteria.
While antibiotics are great at killing bacteria, the downside is that sometimes antibiotics cannot differentiate between good👍 and bad bacteria👎.
This means that a lot of good bacteria can end up getting killed in the process. This disrupts the gentle balance that is created in the gut by the microbes.
This is why sometimes you may find your stomach feeling weird after taking antibiotics.
Try using more home remedies instead and do your gut a favor. In unavoidable situations, try to include more prebiotics and probiotic food to help heal the gut after consuming antibiotics.
5. Chew your food🍽️
Gulping your food down without chewing properly makes it difficult for your digestive system to break it down.
And when you give your digestive system too much work, it weakens.😵
Chew your food properly. Mixing the food with saliva 💦 is the first step to proper digestion.🙂
Chewing your food allows the food to break down, giving it more surface area. This also allows the enzymes to act on the food quicker allowing speed ⏩ digestion.
Breaking down food simplifies digestion and keeps your digestive system healthy.
A happy gut equals a happy life.
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