Why a Healthy Gut Should Be a Priority

Woman making a heart over her stomach for a "healthy gut"

 

When it comes to achieving your healthy living goals, one area that should never be overlooked is your gut! Let’s face it, the topic of bacteria living in your digestive tract isn’t exactly the most appealing. But the balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria in your system can have a significant impact on your overall health and wellness. And the choices you make every day – from diet to exercise to sleep – can impact this balance. That’s why it’s so important to make a healthy gut a priority as part of your daily routine!

 

What is Gut Health?

The term “gut health” is used to describe the balance of bacteria in your body’s digestive tract.  These bacteria not only help with food digestion, but they also have an impact on all of your body’s functions – including physical and mental health. When you have the right balance of bacteria in your gut, you are in a state of “equilibrium”.

 

What Causes an Unhealthy Gut?

According to Healthline, many facets of modern life can damage our gut microbiome, including:

  • Increased stress
  • Not enough sleep
  • Poor diet
  • Taking antibiotics

When your bacterial balance is off, you are more likely to experience symptoms such as an upset stomach, inflammation, or skin irritations. Some studies have also shown that an unhealthy gut can impact metabolism, making it more difficult to achieve weight loss goals.  

 

How to Keep Your Gut Healthy

Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take each day that will not only help to achieve gut equilibrium, but can also have a positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing:

  • Keep stress at bay. Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but there are ways that we can manage it such as taking scheduled breaks during the day, keeping a journal, scheduling a daily self-care ritual such as a hot bath, or carving out time to talk with loved ones.
  • Get more sleep. In today’s 24/7 world, it can be difficult to get the quality sleep we need each night to restore our bodies and minds. When you get a good 7-8 hours each night, you are helping your body’s natural systems do their work to keep you feeling your best. So, try going to bed a bit earlier and removing all distractions from your bedroom – including your smart phone.
  • Exercise daily. Movement is so good for you! Not only can it help you burn more calories, but it can improve your mood, help you sleep better, and help your gut microbiome.
  • Eat more gut-friendly foods. There are a variety of delicious foods that can naturally aid with gut health, including yogurt, kefir, berries, beans, legumes, and olive oil. If your sweet tooth comes calling, then you’ll want to look for snacks that are made with healthier ingredients that will help with gut balance.

 

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So, now you know why a healthy gut should be at the top of your priority list! When you take the time to prioritize your gut health, you will also help to achieve other healthy living goals such as lowered stress, better sleep, and more exercise! Remember….You Are Worth It!