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Last Updated on July 7, 2021
Signs that your gut health may need improvement are frequent upset stomach aches, weight gain, too much sugar in your diet, pain, constipation, and digestive problems. When the symptoms are severe you should see a doctor to rule out any serious conditions. Below we will discuss several ways to improve your gut health this summer, along with your family and friends. Your gut health is affected by what you eat and drink and often certain foods cause inflammation and indigestion.
Eat Probiotics and Eat More Fermented Foods
Probiotics are supplements sold in pharmacies and health food stores in capsule form. They help with digestion and improve the health of those with chronic illnesses. Fermented foods contain natural probiotics and eating fermented vegetables, kimchi, sauerkraut, and tempeh will improve your gut health. Serve these foods when entertaining family and friends.
Try to Eat Prebiotic Foods
Prebiotic foods are fruits, vegetables, and grains you can eat that help the stomach function better. These foods are broken down by bacteria and used for fuel and promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. These food reduce the amount of insulin and cholesterol in the body. Good foods to include in your diet are bananas, garlic, onions, and whole grains. When you take a probiotic supplement, eating probiotic food will improve the results.
Drink Coffee or Tea
About 62% of Americans drink coffee every day. Drinking coffee or tea in moderation can improve your gut health. Drinking coffee promotes healthy bowel movements and the growth of bacteria that digest foods. In a study, it was found that heavy coffee drinkers had healthier guts than those that did not consume any. Coffee and tea contain polyphenols, a substance that promotes heart health and improves your mood too. When serving coffee or tea to friends, you are helping them with gut health.
Reduce The Amount of Alcohol You Drink
Drinking too much alcohol can reduce the good bacteria in your gut and cause digestive problems. It causes fatty liver in moderate drinkers or develops fat in the liver. It can be reversed with diet and fatty liver causes fatigue, weight loss, and stomach pain. Moderation in drinking alcohol is the key to good gut health. Over 41% of those that drink say beer is their favorite alcoholic beverage.
Beer and wine contain substances called polyphenols that contribute to good bacteria in the gut in moderation. Try drinking one glass a few times a week with a meal and cut back on the amount. Talk with your doctor to see what a healthy amount is.
Reduce Stress and Obtain Exercise
Stress from your job, school, or daily living can cause digestive problems. A regular exercise routine is a good way to reduce stress. Walking, swimming, gardening, housework, biking, workouts, or jogging several times a week are good ways for you to improve your health. Listening to music, practicing yoga or meditation, talking with your friends and deep breathing can help with stress throughout the day. Managing stress is important as it can cause serious health problems with your gut.
Get Enough Sleep
Did you know that not getting enough sleep can contribute to bad gut health? You should strive to get 7-8 hours every night. Do not consume caffeine late in the evening before you go to bed. Try to develop a sleep routine with regular hours for sleeping and waking up. Do not eat late in the evening or drink alcohol as it can affect your sleep pattern. When you have long-term insomnia, check with your doctor about treatment.
Food Poisoning and Gut Health
Over 300 children under 19 years old are treated for accidental poisoning on a regular basis. One major cause of accidental poisoning is food poisoning. This can cause serious problems with gut health when not treated. After an incident of food poisoning, a child or adult should not eat or drink for several hours. Drink water to hydrate your body or what your doctor tells you to drink. Drink clear broth and eat foods easy on the stomach: toast, applesauce, and bananas. Add probiotics to your diet to improve your gut health. Drinking ginger and mint tea will soothe the stomach. When you have to have medical treatment for food poisoning, listen to your doctor and follow the procedures they suggest.
These are some tips for improving your gut health this summer. Serious digestive problems should be treated by making an appointment with your doctor to find the cause.