Your gut health plays an essential role in your overall health and well being. The digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract), the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. Your digestion is important because your body needs nutrients, such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, from food and drinks to work properly and stay healthy.
Signs of an unhealthy gut
Many factors play a role in gut damage. These can include high stress levels, little sleep, and eating processed and high-sugar foods. Here are the most common signs of an unhealthy gut:
Upset stomach: Stomach disturbances, such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn.
Unintentional weight changes: Gaining or losing weight without intentionally making changes to your diet or exercise habits.
Sleep disturbances or fatigue: Sleep disturbances can include insomnia or poor sleep, which results in chronic fatigue.
Skin irritation: Skin conditions, such as eczema, may be related to a damaged gut.
Food intolerances: Food intolerances occur when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food, which leads to unpleasant symptoms, such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea.
How to improve your gut health
What you put into your body can help or hurt your digestive system and influence how you feel. Incorporating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts into your daily meals can provide a healthy mix of different fibers and nutrients to your diet. Other things you can do to improve your gut health include:
Get enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep can have a serious impact on your gut health, which can in turn contribute to more sleep issues. Try to prioritize getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night.
Take a prebiotic or probiotic
The gut bacteria perform many important functions in the body. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria, while prebiotics are food for these bacteria. By adding a prebiotic or probiotic supplement into your diet, you can improve your gut health with the right bacteria.
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Change your diet
As mentioned above, changing your diet can contribute to better gut health. Eating plenty of nutritious foods can positively impact your gut. A diet high in fiber has also been shown to contribute to a healthy gut microbiome.
As a patient of Garcia Weight Loss & Wellness, we will formulate a weight-loss plan that unlocks your individual potential. Your personalized weight-loss plan is designed to keep you free from hunger and will include the perfect combination of balanced nutrition, medical supervision, supplements and injections, and FDA-approved medication (if required).
Lower your stress levels
Stress can affect the brain-gut communication, which can make pain, bloating, and other stomach discomforts worse. It can affect your digestive system and what nutrients the intestines absorb. Some ways to lower stress may include walking, meditation, spending time with friends and family, diffusing essential oils, yoga, or having a pet.
Hydration is key to great health. Drinking plenty of water has a beneficial effect on the mucosal lining of the intestines. Water helps break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients, promoting the balance of good bacteria in the gut.
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