Did you know that over 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive system? So when your gut is healthy, it helps your whole system stay healthy.
Gut health is a topic that’s getting a lot of press lately and it’s an understatement to say the importance of gut health is undervalued. The digestive system is where nutrients are absorbed and is the basis of a healthy body. If your digestive system is inefficient or your gut environment isn’t balanced, your health will fall down in other ways.
A healthy gut is the powerhouse of the body. If your gut isn’t working properly it can show up in other ways in the body such as skin conditions, autoimmune deficiencies and mental health issues.
Here are 5 tips to keep your gut in tip top condition
- Choose a high quality probiotic
Probiotics are live bacteria introduced inti the body, and can be consumed in a drink or powder form. Not every probiotic available to buy is of the same quality, so do your research and choose the right one for your family. They can also be found naturally in yoghurts.
- Eat prebiotics
Prebiotics feed the good gut bacteria to help them multiply. They can be found in garlic, onions, bananas and Aloe Vera.
- Avoid antibiotics
One course of antibiotics can compromise your gut bacteria for up to a year. Antibiotics kill the good bacteria in your digestive system as well as the bad guys. If there is an alternative solution, try that route and always wash your hands to avoid germs.
- Avoid stress
Stress on the body plays havoc with your gut and the stress hormones lead to all sorts of digestive problems like diarrhea, stomach ulcers and feeling nauseous. Have some coping mechanisms in place to avoid it like going for a walk outdoors and spending time with a pet which are both great stress relievers
- Avoid sugar
Sugar feeds the bad bacteria and makes your digestive systems acidic which causes more germs to thrive. Try natural alternatives if you have a sweet tooth, like add cinnamon of fruit to your food.
Aloe vera, on the other hand, is a nutrient-dense superfood that soothes, nourishes, and promotes detoxification and normal bowel movements.