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Your gut is one of the most incredible and fascinating aspects of your body. Filled with tiny living organisms that help to keep your body functioning as it should, your gut is its own little ecosystem. The idea of having tons of little bacteria in your gut might seem a bit unsettling, but don’t be scared – the good bacteria in your gut are your friends, and it’s your job to take care of them to keep your gut microbiome happy and healthy!
Supporting your gut is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
Supporting your gut helps to support your immune system, may help support your energy levels, and promote healthy bacterial balance.
In this post, we’ll walk you through five simple, practical ways you may support your gut health. Let’s get started!
1. Reduce the Added Sugar Content in Your Diet
Eating lots of processed foods that are high in added sugar can have a negative effect on your gut microbiome. The standard American diet (which ironically has the acronym “SAD”) is packed with added sugar, with the sweet stuff showing up in plenty of unexpected places from spaghetti sauce to protein powder.
When you start paying attention to the added sugar content in your daily diet, you may be amazed by what you find. Added sugar is in many foods that you might eat at every meal – even in so-called “health” foods like yogurt, granola, cereal, and more. It can be tough to cut out added sugar at first, and you may end up having some lingering cravings that are bothersome, to say the least. However, once you get through the first few weeks without added sugar, the cravings should start to subside.
Limiting the added sugar in your diet may be extremely helpful for your gut, but it’s also important to fill in the empty space in your meals with good ingredients instead! Sticking to whole, unprocessed foods may help.
Below are just a few foods to keep an eye on for added sugar levels. These foods might seem like unlikely sugar bombs, but may contain a surprising amount of added sugar:
While more research needs to be made, there is preliminary evidence that poor gut health may contribute to less quality sleep, too. Additionally, another study found that sleep deprivation may lead to changes in the gut microbiome. It’s a vicious cycle – poor sleep may mean poor gut health, and poor gut could lead to exhaustion. That’s a hamster wheel you don’t want to end up in!
In The Art of Health for Busy People, MaryRuth suggests aiming for eight hours of sleep each night. However, it’s also important to keep in mind that when it comes to the sleep you get every night, it’s about more than just quantity – quality of sleep matters, too.
If you are waking up after a full night of sleep and still not feeling rested, it may mean you are not getting deep enough sleep.
Below are a few simple habits to put into practice to help improve your sleep quality:
High-fiber foods are great for your gut. In addition to lowering the added sugar content in your diet, one of the best ways to feed your gut microbiome what it may need is to add fibrous foods into your daily meals.
Below is a list of a few, whole, healthy foods that contain fiber content to include in your everyday diet.
Fermented foods are known for having probiotics, which means they’re great for your gut. There are plenty of excellent fermented foods and drinks to include in your diet that are compliant with a plant-based lifestyle. Some of them are kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, and miso.
Adding fermented foods to your diet can support your gut microbiome with probiotics. These fermented foods are filled with live bacteria that are beneficial for gut health – and they’re tasty, too!
While fermented foods are delicious to many people, others find them a little bit… strange. If you are not a fan of the taste of fermented foods and drinks, then our final tip may be great for you!
If you don’t love the taste of fermented foods and drinks like kimchi and kombucha, you can support your gut with probiotics in the form of a high-quality supplement. MaryRuth’s Liquid Probiotic is super easy to take each day, completely raw, vegan, and sourced directly from Mother Nature: extracted with water from a proprietary blend of three organic grasses.
Taking our liquid probiotic each day is a great habit to support your gut health, which in turn may support energy levels, support immune function, and more!
Supporting your gut is simple, and it can start with a liquid probiotic from MaryRuth's!
Combine your daily dose of liquid probiotics with a healthy diet packed with whole, high-fiber, low-sugar foods, and you’ll be well on your way to supporting better gut health.
A healthy gut may mean a healthier body overall, and that’s always an investment worth making. You deserve to feel great and stay healthy, and supplying your gut with what it needs may be an easy place to start!
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