A lot of research is being done on gut bacteria and researchers are finding surprising evidence that the bacteria making a home in your gut has a lot more to do with your overall health than ever thought. Your gut uses the bacteria that dwells inside to process the food you eat and turn it into energy. You can give this bacteria a boost in a few very simple ways. Here are some tips to help you restore and maintain the health of your gut!
What If Your Gut Isn’t Healthy?
If your gut bacteria levels are out of whack then it can lead to problem such as:
- Abdominal cramps
- Abdominal pain
- Autoimmune problems such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and even diabetes
- B12 deficiency
If these sound like familiar symptoms to you then the solution could be restoring health to your gut!
Probiotics are basically a strain of bacteria that produce lactic acid. This acid helps to maintain the flora in your gut. If you decide to start with a probiotic supplement then you should look for:
- A supplement that contains five to 10 billion colony forming units (CFUs)
- Pills over liquids. This is because they help the bacteria in probiotics to survive the acidic environment of your stomach to get to where they need to go in your intestines.
- Multiple bacteria strains depending on what it is you want. Some strains are better for digestion of fiber, others assist with vitamin absorption and some help to promote regularity.
Antibiotics are a great way to kill off the healthy flora that lives in your gut. Of course, there may be times when you can’t avoid antibiotic use, but you should only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary, otherwise you will disrupt the diverse bacterial environment that keeps your gut healthy.
Eat Fermented Foods
These foods can help to add good bacteria to the party in your gut. The best foods to eat to promote healthy gut bacteria are:
- Fermented tofu
- Soy sauce
Limit Your Sugar Intake
Too much refined sugar in your diet can cause a lot of problems such as weight gain, hormone imbalance, and inflammation — not to mention it upsets the balance of the bacteria in your gut by promoting the growth of bad bacteria.
Try these tips to balance the flora in your gut and see how it improves not only your health but how good you feel on a daily basis!
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