Improving your gut health goes hand in hand with boosting your overall health, from your skin to your overall mood. Your gut contains a bunch of bacteria, some of these bacteria are beneficial and others aren’t. It plays a big role in whether you have good health or a disease. About 70 percent of your immune system lies in your gut and is dependent upon the gut microbiome. This is a subject to take seriously because better gut health means better immune functioning.
There are ways to fix and improve the health of your gut naturally, and also prevent dysfunction, by adjusting lifestyle habits that directly influence the balance of your gut microbiome.
1. Eat more plants
The type of food you eat determines the type of bacteria that can live in your gut, the beneficial microorganisms in your gut prefer plants. So start adding vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, teas, and whole grains ASAP! Plus, the fiber from the plants will keep your bowels moving and digestive system running smoothly.
2. Plenty of sleep
Poor sleep can significantly impact your gut and lead to changes in your gut microbiome. Lack of sleep can affect the foods you eat. When you are tired, you are going to opt for cookies/chips over kale and carrots. When you are sleep deprived your body craves quick calories for energy hence dysregulating your gut health.
3. Eat fermented foods
Kimchi, tempeh, kombucha, and sauerkraut are amazing gut healthy foods. Fermented foods are often made from nutrient-dense plant foods like soybeans, cabbage, and tea. They contain commensal microbes which creates a healthy gut microbiome.