Gut Health 101: A Crash Course by Zenfuel
We’re sure you’ve seen a lot of information on the internet about gut health, but have you had the chance to read about how important it actually is?
It turns out gut health goes way beyond digestion and can help with anything from immunity to emotional stress and chronic illnesses like cancer and Type 2 diabetes. In other words, instead of classifying your gut as simply your digestive system, it’s also important to consider your gut’s microbiome, which are the the microorganisms living in your intestines.
Over the years, we’ve assumed that all bacteria and other “germs” are inherently bad, but there are actually plenty of species of bacteria that are incredibly beneficial for your gut. To learn more about how to cultivate these healthy bacterias and improve your overall gut health, take a look at our 5 hacks below!
1. Take more time to reduce stress
Stress can manifest itself in many ways, including in your gut. We recommend doing things like exercise, yoga and meditation, journaling and connecting with family and friends (even if it’s virtually at this time). If you need an extra boost of relaxation, we encourage you to try an all natural supplement like ZenChil. Herbal supplements are packed with pure and potent adaptogens like Ashwaganda that are known to reduce cortisol levels in the brain.
2. Get your 8 hours
Sleep and stress go hand in hand. The better the quality and duration of your sleep, the less likely you’ll feel as stressed the next day. Lack of sleep can also contribute to more gut issues, so consult your doctor if you’re having severe sleep issues. If your sleep issues are light to moderate, we recommend trying an all-natural supplement like ZenSonno.
3. Stay hydrated
This is such a simple solution yet one of the hardest to stay consistent with. Drinking plenty of water is not only good for your gut but is beneficial for the lining of your intestines. If you’re having trouble remembering to drink enough water throughout the day, set a reminder on your phone!
4. Check for food intolerances
Common symptoms of food intolerances include cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue, rashes and more. Consider doing a trial and error of eliminating certain foods from your diet to see what could potentially be sparking these symptoms. This is also something you can do with your doctor.
5. Eat foods that improve gut health
This can be anything from lean proteins, plant-based foods, and foods that are high in fiber. Some examples of gut-healthy foods include legumes, oats, bananas, yogurt and salmon.
At Zenfuel, we realize that between professional responsibilities and personal obligations, self-care often falls to the bottle of our own checklists. That’s why we want to be there for you to pick up the slack and help you cultivate a better sense of balance in your life. We hope our weekly health hacks can help you in your journey.
Stay Zen my friends!