Our digestive tract is perhaps the most overlooked part of our body that has the most impact on our health. Our body’s gut plays a much bigger role in how our entire body can enjoy a quality, healthful life. The gut, or the “microbiota organ” plays an essential role in all areas of our health.
When the microbiota are not in balance, a dysbiotic state can lead to not only a troubled, unhealthy future, it can also lead to mental health challenges. What we eat determines what bacteria we foster the growth of in our gut, which can increase or decrease our risk of some of our leading killer diseases.
Fortunately, we can reset our gut and then make positive health choices for the future.
- Add fiber. Eating low-sugar fruits and vegetables throughout the day will help fuel your microbiota with prebiotics. When you crave something sweet, don’t reach for candy, reach for some sweet tasting berries instead.
- Stop eating red meat. Eliminating red meat and animal fats from going inside your body will restore your body’s microbiota to proper levels. Find healthier proteins from plant-based sources like seitan, tofu, lentils, edamame, nutritional yeast, and more. You can integrate these sources into a healthy eating plan with plenty of variety.
- Get moving. Sitting around and doing nothing does not help your gut. The body was designed to be moving, whether simple walking around to more involved exercises stimulate your gut and helps with maintaining healthy digestion.
- Hydrate. Water and electrolytes are necessary for healthy digestion. Drink plenty of water so you never feel thirsty; once you feel thirsty, you likely could be dehydrated already. While limiting your alcohol, fruit juices, and caffeine, while adding fresh citrus fruit, mint or cucumbers to your water also helps. Supplementing with something like Shaklee’s Performance low-calorie electrolyte drink can also be helpful.
- Probiotics. Probiotics should not be overlooked for those needing supplementation to have a healthy gut. You can get probiotics from fermented foods, yogurt with live cultures, and supportive supplementation like Optiflora-DI or going on a 7-day cleanse.
Besides helping your gut health, following these simple methods of living should also help your cardiovascular system.