According to functional medicine approach “gut is our second brain”. If your gut is healthy then your life is wealthy. Pay attention to your gut brain connection as it can be a reason for your stress, depression, anxiety and gastro intestinal issues. Whatever we consume it will reflect on our overall well being. The brain has a direct connection with the gut and the connection goes both ways. A compromised gut sends signals to the brain and vice-versa.
Good gut health is represented as the overall cycle of absorption and digestion of food where there is no gut illness like bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and other bowel symptoms. When our intestine is not compromised then all nutrients get absorbed by the body from the food and our body functions effectively.
WHY THERE IS A NEED TO MAINTAINE AN OPTIMUM GUT HEALTH?
Everyone has distinctive gut microbiome. Healthy individuals are the one who has the balance between good and bad bacteria wheras the unhealthy individuals have unbalanced gut microbiome. If our gut is healthy then our body works properly. The relationship between the gut and brain is crucial for general health and wellbeing. In addition to being involved in the control of metabolism, mood and behaviour. It is essential for the immune system’s growth and operation. Additionally chronic conditions including diabetes, obesity and autoimmune diseases are significantly influenced by the gut-brain nexus.
HOW THE GUT MICROBIOME AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH?
As we all know that if we are eating unhealthy foods the gut lining will be compromised which results in poor digestion and absorption of food thus resulting in poor gut immunity.
So If the gut is compromised then we can face issues like:
- Anxiety, stress and depression
- Poor immunity
- Gut issues(bloating, constipation, nausea, acid reflux and irregular bowel symptoms)
- Disturbed sleep cycle
- Hormonal issues
- High cholesterol
- Insulin resistance
- Auto-immune disorders and etc.
- Food intolerance
HOW TO HEAL THE GUT?
- REDUCE THE STRESS LEVEL:
- Deep breathing
- Listening soothing songs
- Laughing practice
- EAT HEALTHY:
- Avoid junk
- Fast, processed packed food
- Eat a healthy balanced diet
- GOOD EXERCISE:
- Go for a regular walk for at least 30 min in a day
- Be active
- Create a balanced routine for your exercise
- MAINTAIN GOOD SLEEP HYGIENE:
- Avoid electronic gadgets before bed time
- Avoid heavy meals, alcohol or caffeine before bed time
- Get 7-8hrs of sound sleep
- AVOID SUGAR:
- Avoid carbonated beverages, alcohol, fruit juices etc
- Avoid baked confectionaries like cake, pasteries, jellies, candies, biscuits, donuts, sweets, chocolates etc
- Prefer low glycemic foods
- Avoid milk
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