A healthy gut means less bloating, more energy, a better mood, and SO many more benefits! There is lots of new research coming out about the bacteria in our gut. In addition to fighting disease, absorbing nutrients, and synthesizing vitamins, these bacteria affect the way we store fat, regulate glucose levels, and control our hunger sensation. What’s really interesting is the connection between the brain and gut. Trillions of microbes produce neurotransmitters that affect our mood and mental health (including anxiety, depression, etc.)
Probiotics and prebiotics are essential for a healthy gut. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found in foods like yogurt, pickles, sauerkraut, wine, or kombucha. When shopping for these foods look for a Live and Active Cultures seal or in the ingredients for bacteria cultures to ensure you’re getting the benefits. Prebiotics are what the bacteria in your gut eat. Prebiotics are necessary for the bacteria to grow and function optimally. You can find prebiotics in vegetables, whole grains, garlic, some fruits, and more!
The bacteria in our gut help us in ways we don’t fully understand yet. If you’re not eating for a healthy gut, the good news is that our bodies can create a new microbiota super fast, so start today!
Not everyone can afford probiotic supplements and they aren’t necessary for a healthy gut.
Here are some easy suggestions to start improving gut health:
- Eat lots of fiber!
- Buy whole grains and choose brown rice over white rice
- When buying probiotic foods make sure they contain live cultures
- Limit processed foods, added sugars, and artificial ingredients
- Use garlic and onions when cooking (or eat a garlic clove each day)
- Consider taking a shot of apple cider vinegar each morning 😖
- Actively try to relax and destress
- Get enough sleep
This morning I topped my yogurt with granola, dark chocolate, and raspberries and it was amazing! 🤤 I appreciate everyone’s support so far, you guys are awesome!
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