Your gut health is so important - it's one of those things that for me have really come to light in just the last couple of years, but it's something I wish I knew more about much earlier in life.
I had no idea what a leaky gut was or how it could impact so much of what happens within our bodies.
Studies over the past few decades have found links between gut health AND...
Your immune system - Your mental health - Autoimmune diseases - Endocrine disorders - Cardiovascular disease and the dreaded "C" word (Cancer).
What is the Gut Microbiome?
When you hear the term "gut microbiome" this refers to the microorganisms living in your intestines. Each person has about 200 different species of bacteria, viruses, and fungi in their digestive tract.
Some microorganisms are harmful to our health, but many are incredibly beneficial and even necessary for a healthy body.
It is said that having a large variety of bacteria in your gut may help reduce the risk of conditions like diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and psoriatic arthritis.
So, knowing how many areas of your life could be affected by poor gut health - how could you not want to take better care and gain the long-term benefits?
Here is what you can do to take better care of your gut health...
The one thing I am really trying to focus on now when I enter a grocery store is to pick foods from the outer edges of the store. Think about it...all your fruits, veggies, dairy, protein, and grains are all on the outer edges. I try and stay away from the center of the store where - you guessed it - all the prepackaged and processed items are. It's tough to do some days BUT it is also the healthier thing to do...Try it next time you go shopping!
Taking care of your gut health is so important and one of the few things that we can control when it comes to what we eat and our overall health...So, Chears to good gut health!