Our bodies require a healthy amount of microflora to run smoothly. This healthy bacteria is essential in digestion, nutrient absorption, mental health, and energy levels. Without a substantial amount of good bacteria, destructive bacteria flourishes and wrecks havoc on our health.
The bacterial balance in our gut can get out of whack for a few reasons: using antibiotics, consuming too much sugar or processed foods, stress, and lack of sleep. Most people don’t even realize their gut is out of balance until it is too late.
Here are some ways to ensure your gut is in good shape:
1. Manage sugar intake
Like you, yucky bacteria in your gut looooove sugar. So the more you eat foods high in sugar, the more bad guys you have living in your gut, which causes you to crave it even more. Talk about a vicious cycle! Though cutting down on sugar is hard at first, your body will thank you later.
2. Invest in a good probiotic
Probiotic supplements are full of healthy bacteria (lactobacillus is a common one) and aid in rebuilding healthy microflora levels. Research has shown probiotics to be extremely efficient at diversifying the gastrointestinal microbiota, meaning, it balances out the good bacteria without completely destroying the environment (we do need some “bad” bacteria in small amounts).
3. Reduce stress
Stress plays a large role on our physical health. To ensure your gut is as healthy as possible, be extra careful about getting enough sleep, eating well, and keeping your emotional regulation in check. I suggest reading up on how mindfulness can improve your life.
4. Eat probiotic foods
Your biggest weapon against a microflora imbalance is eating foods high in probiotics. A few foods high in healthy flora include: plain yogurt (remember, we’re avoiding sugar), sauerkraut, miso soup, + kombucha.
Do genetics play a role in our gastrointestinal health?
A very recent study has shown there is a correlation between individuals with Metabolic Syndrome and intestinal microbiota diversity. The results showed that people with MetS had much lower microflora diversity in their gut. The evidence suggested that certain genetic qualities could result in an unbalanced gut environment, which could lead to the development of Metabolic Syndrome.
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