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Your gut biome is a complex makeup of microorganisms residing in your intestines. Although some of these are harmful, most are crucial to your health. Having a healthy gut can improve your immune system, decrease symptoms of anxiety or depression, and can even help fight off cancer.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, we are exposed to things every day that disrupt our natural gut biome. If you are looking to get your gut health in check, here are seven ways to improve your gut health.

Seven Ways to Improve Your Gut Health

  1. Stress less

Chronic stress isn’t good for any aspect of your health – especially your gut biome. Your gut helps your brain cope with stress, but consistent stress erodes the good bacteria that help protect you from the negative effects of stress.

To combat this, find ways to manage your stress and feel more joy! Try adding exercise, meditation, decreasing caffeine intake, or spend more energy on your social wellness.

  1. Prioritize sleep

Sleep does a whole lot for your brain and your belly. This is the time for all of your cells to rest and repair! Sleep deprivation can cause issues in your gut that might generate more issues with your sleep. But you don’t want too much sleep either. Try to get around 7-8 hours a night!

  1. Chew your food

Digestion starts in your mouth. So chewing your food well and eating slowly can help improve your hunger signals, absorption of nutrients, and may reduce any discomfort after eating.

  1. Drink plenty of water

Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking water has been shown to help the mucosal lining of your intestines and promote a healthy gut biome. You’ll also absorb more nutrients from your food. It’s a win-win!

  1. Supplement with probiotics

Try adding a prebiotic and a probiotic to your daily supplements. Prebiotics help the good bacteria grow, and probiotics are the actual, live bacteria. Consult a professional before adding either to your daily regime. Not all probiotics are the same and you’ll want guidance on which brand and how much to take.

  1. Avoid food intolerances

If you’re having consistent digestive symptoms, you may want to have a doctor check for food sensitivities and allergens. Or you can eliminate the foods on your own and see if the symptoms improve. If you have a leaky gut, eating these foods can wreak havoc not just on your gut health, but in multiple other areas of your life as well.

  1. Change your diet

Highly processed, sugar-filled foods are horrible for you, period. Eliminating these from your diet and replacing them with good, whole, healthy brain food can help improve the state of your gut and health as a whole. If you really want to target the gut, look for foods that are also high in fiber.

Food is Medicine

The gut has been deemed the “second brain” and is equally as complex to understand as the first brain. In order to take care of one, you need to take care of the other. If you are trying to improve your gut health, try stressing less, chewing your food, staying hydrated, taking probiotics, checking for food intolerances, and avoiding processed foods.

If you need help understanding what’s going on in your gut or your brain, head on into Brain Forest Centers. We help individuals all over the Fishers area with symptoms relating to everything from concussions to leaky gut. Give us a call at (317) 288-9828 or head into our office located at 9748 Lantern Road, Fishers, IN 46037.