Having great gut health is not as difficult to achieve as you might think at first glance. The gut is incredibly complex, so many health issues can arise from it. Not to mention, having constant shifts between diarrhea and constipation is not only painful and inconvenient, but also harmful for your whole body.
Luckily, there are some things that you can do to improve your gut health. While one thing might not improve your gut health much, a combination of a few of these steps can have a huge positive impact for your gut health.
We all know that life is stressful. This year has been particularly horrible with many people losing their jobs. That is why lowering the levels of stress that you experience throughout the day will do you a world of good. When you are stressed, your whole organism suffers, but your gut health gets the worst of it.
The digestive system is very sensitive to stress, so finding ways to relax will calm you down. Try meditating, strolling, watching enjoyable movies, cooking, cycling, and whatever else that you love to do in your free time that does not upset or excite you too much.
2. Get Probiotics Into You
There are good bacteria and bad bacteria. You want to get as much good bacteria into your gut as you possibly can. Doing so is only achievable through taking prebiotics or probiotics. We all know that yogurt and other fermented food is great for your gut health. But have you heard of tepache?
Tepache is a refreshing drink made by fermenting pineapple rinds. You can think of tepache as a tropical version of beer that tastes and smells way better. It does not contain nearly as much alcohol, though. Tepache has much of the same effect on your gut health as yogurt.
3. Take Your Time When Eating
Cooking your food makes it easier for your gut to absorb nutrients but so does chewing. Enjoy your meal when you are eating it. If you are bored and just want to finish your meal so that you can do other things, try watching TV or doing something that helps you relax while eating.
Thoroughly chewing your food is not only good for your gut but also for your stomach. If you feel digestive discomfort after eating, then eating your food too fast is often the reason.
4. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated by drinking water and other beverages will help your gut move the food through your body. It also helps your gut maintain a well-balanced amount of gut bacteria. Just like with relaxation, staying hydrated will make you feel better overall by improving your health.
If you want to kill two birds with one stone, drink tepache. It will help you stay hydrated while also introducing probiotics into your gut.
5. Get Plenty of Sleep
Another thing that you can do which will have a major impact on your gut health is getting enough sleep. The quality of sleep is important too, not just the hours you spend sleeping. Getting 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is enough. Try reducing your caffeine intake and exercise to sleep better.
Reducing your stress, increasing your sleep, and staying hydrated are essential for your overall health but especially your gut health. Chewing slowly will also help your body digest the food more easily.
But taking probiotics is one of the most important things for your gut health. If you do not like yogurt, then get yourself a can of tepache.
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