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Gut Health - it's not just about the food we eat...

It’s talked about a lot nowadays. Which is a great thing - because addressing the health of our gut means addressing our overall well-being.


From autoimmune disorders to hormone function, to digestion, sleep and mental health - our gut health has an effect on everything about us. It is literally the root to our wellness or our imbalance.


I've recently put a few ideas put together in an easy to read list hoping it would be a helpful starting point if you’re looking to improve your wellbeing from angles.


My advice would be to go in gradually - overwhelm is the opposite of helpful, so take your time and add stuff slowly.


1. INCREASE VARIATION IN YOUR DIET

By including lots of different whole, unprocessed plant based foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrains, fermented foods, healthy fats, we are naturally increasing the diversity to the good bacteria in our gut. Try and add something new every week 


2. STAY HYDRATED

A healthy gut microbiome requires adequate hydration. Drink water regularly. This is so simple and in my experience of chatting with fatigued clients, often overlooked.


3. PRACTISE CALMING ACTIVITIES ON A REGULAR BASIS

Chronic stress can affect our digestion, sleep and therefore our overall wellbeing, so finding ways of reducing stress is of huge importance. Find something that you enjoy and that makes you feel calm. 


4. EAT LESS PROCESSED FOODS

Processed foods contain extra salt, sugar and ingredients that are designed to make the food more palatable and therefore easier to eat more of because they don’t fill us up. In addition to the unhelpful ingredients they contain, overeating is more likely, which puts stress on our bodies. Not good for gut health


5. EAT LOTS OF FIBRE RICH FOODS

Dietary fibre improves the gut microbiome, reduces constipation, and when consumed regularly, helps to improve digestion and reduce overall inflammation e.g. wholegrains, fruit, veg, pulses, beans...go in gradually if you’re currently on a low fibre diet.


And if you’d like to join me in my studio in Shoreham-By-Sea for an afternoon of gut-healthy ideas, snacks and practises to take away, then book your space on the workshop below. I currently have 3 spaces left. Gut Health for Wellbeing May 11th 2-5pm The Yoga & Wellness Rooms, Shoreham By Sea

Book here Or get in touch directly if you have questions, Lynne x

 


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