About 70% of your immune system is found in the gut. A healthy body and mind links back to our gut health. An unhealthy gut can make you feel fatigued, cause skin irritations, upset stomach, and unintentional weight changes. These are just a few of the conditions that have been linked to poor gut health.

Our gut plays a role in:

  • Immunity
  • Nutrient absorption
  • Hormone balance
  • Digestion
  • Metabolism and energy


3 Ways to Improve Your Gut Health:

  1. Increase Fiber Intake: include plenty of non-starchy veggies, high-fiber fruit, nuts/seeds, legumes, prebiotic foods like garlic, onions, leeks, bananas, barley, oats. Prebiotic foods help feed the healthy bacteria in the gut. Aim to get 25-35g of fiber every day
  2. Stay Hydrated: getting plenty of water can help digestion and keep things moving (bowel movements should be regular!). Aim to get 70-100 ounces of water daily
  3. Reduce These Inflammatory Foods/Drinks: alcohol, refined grains and oils, added sugar, highly processed foods


Takeaway: Take care of your gut by eating a well balanced diet and staying hydrated to encourage a healthy gut microbiome to keep you healthy all year long!


Written by Lauren Colston, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian at Bodyfit Nutrition 

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