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:
- Nutrient absorption
- Hormone balance
- Metabolism and energy
3 Ways to Improve Your Gut Health:
- 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
- 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
- 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