How to Balance and Reset Your Gut
Did you know that our gut is connected to so many systems in the body, including our mental state? Research shows that the gut plays an integral part in the health of the entire body system. It might as well be considered its own “organ” because it has a hand in other parts of the body’s functioning as well. When this part of the system is unbalanced it leads to disharmony in the body and mind. However, this is something we have control over and can change with proper nutrition and lifestyle changes. Making the right choices can have a positive effect on our gut health.
Reset the Gut for Better Health
Get better nutrition.
Boost your fiber intake. The body needs fiber for digestion and elimination. A key part of resetting your gut is to boost your fiber consumption. A simple way to do that is to eat more fruits and vegetables (with the skin on, if possible: potatoes, carrots, etc.) throughout the day. For a sweet treat try some blueberries with a splash of soy, or almond milk. If you have access to a dairy farm whole, organic (unpasteurized) cow’s milk is also good.
Reduce your meat consumption. Reducing red meat and high amounts of fat helps restore balance to the body microbiota. If possible choose meat from free-range or grass-fed cows and avoid any sources that were treated with antibiotics and hormones. Animals that are raised in healthy conditions and treated humanely produce healthier sources of protein.
Hydration is Key
Keep hydrated. Both water and electrolytes are necessary for digestion and elimination. Drink plenty of water and other fluids throughout the day. You can also use electrolytes such as Performance® Low-Calorie Electrolyte Drink or add cucumbers, citrus fruit, or mint to your water. Limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
Probiotics help too. Fermented foods like yogurt with live cultures, and probiotic support such as Optiflora® DI are good sources of probiotics which also helps to balance your gut.
Get daily exercise. To avoid digestion problems and constipation, make sure to get plenty of exercise daily. Exercises like walking and yoga can be done by anyone, even if you have mobility issues. Opt for gentle, restorative exercises to keep the body moving and the gut healthy.
Now that you know how to balance and rest your gut, you’re on the way to being a happier, healthier version of yourself