Tips to Restore Gut Health

  • by Laura S.
  • 1 August 2017

Tips to Restore Gut Health

You know how important it is to nurture your gut for all kinds of health matters: digestion, immunity, weight, brain function, allergies…you name it! Knowing the impact that probiotics have on your body is the first step to making a huge difference in your health and your life. The next step is learning HOW to restore gut health naturally and that usually starts with what you’re doing wrong.

Signs Your Gut Bacteria Are Out of Balance

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal discomfort

These are some of the most common effects of an imbalance in your gut. If you frequently experience these symptoms, it’s a sign your gut bacteria needs to be restored.

6 Lifestyle Habits that Damage Gut Bacteria

1. Using antibiotics when you don’t need them

  • Antibiotics destroy ALL bacteria, not just the bad ones. If you must take them, you have to make sure to replenish healthy gut bacteria you are losing with high-quality probiotic supplements.

2. Popping too many nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), like aspirin

  • These over-the-counter (OTC) drugs promote permeability in the gastrointenstinal (GI) tract, which could allow toxins to leak into the bloodstream and cause serious health issues.

3. Washing with antibacterial soaps

  • Much like antibiotics, these types of products do not discriminate when it comes to which bacteria they destroy.

4. Douching

  • The vagina balances its own microbiome, so douching is counterproductive. It kills good bacteria that fight off yeast infections and other health problems “down there.”

5. Eating artificially colored foods

  • Even though it can make food look appetizing, artificial coloring has antibacterial properties that can disrupt the natural balance of your gut microflora.

6. Consuming too much sugar

  • Bad bacteria and yeast feed on sugar. If you eat too much of it, you will be promoting the growth of some unpleasant things in your body like candida.

3 Ways to Restore Gut Health Naturally

Now that you know what NOT to do, it’s time to go over how to restore gut health naturally.

1. Taking high-quality probiotic supplements

Taking them is easy. Finding the best one is the tricky part. First, you must pick the best strains for your health concerns. Second, you need to make sure that the probiotic is high quality. You know you’ve a got high quality probiotic supplement when:

  • It contains 1–10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) at the expiration date.
  • It incorporates a variety of strains.
  • The packaging is high density plastic, glass, or a blister pack.
  • The bottle contains  delayed release capsules, tablets, or other technology to help the probiotics reach the intestines.

 2. Foods that restore gut health

There are various probiotic-rich foods that can help restore gut flora; they are called “fermented foods” and they are high in beneficial bacteria. Here are a few foods that help naturally restore gut health:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Kimchi
  • Tempeh
  • Fermented Tofu
  • Kombucha

Prebiotic-rich foods help restore gut flora as well. Prebiotics nurture probiotics so that they can flourish and keep your gut healthy. Here are some prebiotic foods:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Wheat Bran
  • Soybeans

3. Take some time to lower stress levels

Your brain and your gut are connected, so the stress signals your brain is sending to your gut affect your microflora. We suggest trying an activity that helps lower stress levels such as meditating, exercising, or practicing breathing techniques.

Learning how to restore gut health involves focusing on how to create the perfect environment for healthy microflora to survive and thrive. Following these guidelines will make a huge difference in the balance of bacteria in your gut.

About the Author

About the Author

Born and raised in New York, Laura is a writer with a passion for health and wellness. She studied literature as well as health and nutrition at the George Washington University. When she’s not working, you can find her playing guitar, drawing, or trying new restaurants in the city.

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