As more and more research is released about gut health, it seems like now is a better time than ever to start improving the health of your gut. Our gut contains trillions of microorganisms in the form of good and bad bacteria. Good bacteria, also known as probiotics, help to digest our food while absorbing the nutrients. And considering that your gut lining contains about 70% of the cells that make up your immune system, an unhealthy gut has been linked to diabetes, hormonal imbalances, eczema, rosacea, fatigue, autoimmune diseases, anxiety, depression, and other chronic illnesses. An unhealthy gut is more obviously associated with digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Benefits Of A Healthy Gut
You may be thinking that the problems listed above are unavoidable — that maybe they are just part of life or due to genetics. However, it is believed that these issues, or at least symptoms of these issues, can improve when your gut health improves. Digestive problems are the issues that are most likely to improve with gut health, considering that your gut is where food is either absorbed or passed through, and the bacteria in your gut are responsible for deciding what stays and what goes. But non-digestive issues have also been shown to improve with gut health. One study done in 2011 showed a significant decrease in symptoms of depression and anxiety for participants who took a probiotic supplement every day as opposed to those who took a placebo. Another study showed that a healthy gut can help to avoid obesity, which you can read about here.
Steps To Improving Gut Health:
- Avoid Antibiotics: For some serious diseases and infections, antibiotics can be a lifesaving treatment, however antibiotics cannot differentiate between good and bad bacteria. Taking antibiotics has been shown to lessen the diversity of the type of bacteria found in your gut, which ultimately weakens your immune system. Be sure to consult your doctor before stopping any prescribed antibiotics.
- Take A Probiotic: Scientists have known about the benefits of probiotics for over 100 years, since a published study in 1907 that linked long lifespans with drinking a fermented milk that contained what we now know as probiotics. Probiotics supplements are a way to deliver new strains of healthy bacteria to the gut, which can support digestion and healthy absorption of nutrients.
- Indulge In Fermented Foods: Consuming fermented foods and drinks can introduce healthy bacteria to the gut. Some healthy options are yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented tofu, soy sauce, and kombucha. While you can often buy these at the store, usually these are pasteurized and lacking in authentic good bacteria. Yogurt and kombucha are easy to make at home, and many people enjoy this as a hobby.
- Keep Stress In Check: Stress can have a surprisingly high impact on your gut health, usually involving the lining on your gut. Perhaps you know someone who has had a stomach ulcer due to stress, or experienced IBS during times of stress. All of this is linked to your gut health. When stressed, the brain sends chemical signals to the gut which can decrease blood flow to the gut and ruin your gut’s lining. Try stress management techniques such as meditation, aromatherapy, exercise, finding a hobby, or talking to a trusted friend, family member, or counselor about your stress.
- Find A Healthy Gut Supplement: WiseLifeNaturals offers several supplements that contain extracts that may improve gut health and overall wellness.* Our bestselling AdderPlex, for example, contains the black pepper extract Piperine. Black pepper is thought to be a way to improve gut health by increasing blood supply to the gut, and in turn, could increase the active nutrient transport ability of our digestive system.* Other supplements we offer that can support gut health and digestion are our Pure Garcinia Cambogia, Kerala Herbs Pure Turmeric Curcumin, and Pure Moringa Oleifera Extract.
WiseLifeNaturals Cares About Your Gut Health
We believe that dietary supplements can offer many benefits to overall health and wellness, and could be a natural health remedy for gut health. Check out our selection of supplements that may improve gut health, and start living your healthiest life today!
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.Individual results may vary.