When bacteria are out of balance, it can cause problems such as:
- Gas and bloating
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Autoimmune diseases
- B12 deficiency
Here are some tips to promote your gut health and well-being:
1. TAKE A QUALITY PROBIOTIC
Probiotics are live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit.
Some of the benefits of probiotics include:
- They ease digestive problems such as constipation and bloating.
- They restore gut-healthy microbes essential for optimal nutrient absorption after antibiotics.
- They support the body's immune system, protecting against harmful bacteria.
2. AVOID OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS
Antibiotics kill bacteria. Although that includes the bad bacteria that can make you sick, it also includes the good bacteria your body needs. This disruption of intestinal harmony can cause a lack of diversity among bacteria which is sure to affect your health
3. INCORPORATE FERMENTED FOODS INTO YOUR DIET
Fermented foods can introduce good bacteria into your gut. Some of the best-fermented foods for promoting gut health include:
- Idli and dosa
4. EAT LESS REFINED SUGAR
Among the many problems caused by refined sugar (inflammation, weight gain, hormonal imbalance) sugar also promotes the growth of bad bacteria and upsets gut flora balance.
5. LOWER YOUR STRESS LEVELS
The brain/gut connection i.e. when stressed, your brain sends messages to your gut in the form of chemicals. These chemicals affect how well your gut works. This makes it clear that stress can be linked to gut health.
Prebiotics act as food for probiotics. They are un-digestible plant fibers that already live in the large intestine. The more prebiotics that probiotics have to eat, the healthier your gut will be.