Looking for some quick and easy solutions to soothe your system, reset your gut health, and get you back on the path to digestive wellness? One sure-fire way to lend a hand to a troubled tummy is to incorporate some, or all, of these ideas into your daily routine. By doing so, you’ll feel the difference in no time. Read on for 15 simple ways to reset your gut health.
1. Eat Fermented Foods
Packed with healthful bacteria, fermented foods help keep a healthy balance of gut flora and improve your overall well-being.
2. Take a Probiotic
Probiotics replenish beneficial gut bacteria that help you stay well by improving digestion and reducing your risk of disease.
3. Avoid Antibiotics
Antibiotics should be avoided as much as possible. They cause digestive chaos by killing both helpful and harmful bacteria.
4. Eat Bone Broth
Nutrients in bone broth can help soothe, repair, and reduce inflammation along the lining of your gut, keeping it healthy.
5. Have a Good Night’s Sleep
Adequate sleep helps you make better food choices, manage stress, repair cells, and regulate hormones for a happy and balanced gut.
6. Get Active
Exercise increases the numbers and types of beneficial bacteria in your digestive system, improves digestion, and reduces unwanted digestive symptoms.
7. Take Time to Eat
Focus on what you’re eating to improve your digestion. Being mindful at mealtimes can prevent bloating, gas, and other discomforts.
8. Ditch Processed Foods
Processed foods can cause imbalances in your gut bacteria that disturb healthy gut function. Eat plenty of wholesome foods instead of processed ones.
9. Drink Plenty of Water
Water supports all digestive functions, helping to keep you regular, flush out your system, and transport nutrients around your body.
10. Eat Dinner Earlier
Give your body plenty of time to rest and digest so it can get to work repairing your body at night.
11. Manage Your Stress
Stress can wreak havoc on your digestive system. To de-stress, practice yoga, meditate, sleep, do something you love, and laugh.
12. Choose High Fiber
Your gut bacteria loves fiber. It acts as their food, helping them perform better for you and keeping you regular and is a great way to reset your gut.
13. Skip the Alcohol
Alcohol can cause dehydration and inflammation, stall digestive processes and is toxic to your liver, increasing your risk of some cancers.
14. Drink Kombucha
15. Eat Oily Fish
Include oily fish such as sardines, anchovies, salmon, and tuna, swordfish in one of your main meals. The anti-inflammatory omega-3s and the protein help reduce inflammation and support repair processes.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Heal Your Gut (Buy on Amazon, $12.99).