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How to Have a Healthy Gut (and why you should care)

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Most of us are not aware that humans have a 3 pound invisible organ that controls almost as much of our physical and mental functions as the brain.  It also happens to be the key link between us and modern disease epidemics found globally (ie obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health, cardiovascular disease).  This organ acts as a second brain and is called your microbiome, it resides in your gut and is made up of trillions of bacterial cells.  It is so big that 90% of your body's cells are these microbiome bacteria and only 10% are human cells.  


Maintaining a diverse and abundant bacteria count is vitally essential to virtually every process in your body.  Different types of bacteria have different roles to play in supporting your health so things like a poor diet, heavy stress and antibiotics can wipe out good bacteria and cause your physical and mental health to suffer.  


Cleary, taking care of our guts, the unsung heroes of our body, is paramount to our health.  So compiled below are the fastest and most effective ways to get yourself a healthy gut and start thriving along the way.           


How to Get Your Gut in Tip Top Shape: 


The food you eat is vitally important.  

This step is critical.  Your belly is the hub of your health and the single best way to take care of it is by feeding it the proper fuel.  The food you eat has the power to change your life and controls everything from physical ailments and appearance to your mood.  

  • Focus on Prebiotic foods. Prebiotic foods are a special form of dietary fiber and act as a fertilizer, helping your gut cultivate an environment of good bacteria.  Prebiotic foods: Whole grains, apples, leeks, onions, garlic, bananas, asparagus, honey, artichokes, nuts, seeds, root vegetables, beans, lentils, chickpeas, green tea and cacao. 
  • Incorporate probiotic foods. Probiotic foods, through fermentation, already contain living bacteria and help multiply those already living in your belly. Probiotic foods: Yogurt (be careful of which yogurt you choose, it should have no added sugar and be as natural as possible with few ingredients), fresh kimchi, kefir, fresh sauerkraut (should not be pickled in vinegar)
  • Avoid sugar and processed foods.  We all know this one already but seriously bad bacteria feast on sugar and processed foods.  This causes the good bacteria to die off and your stomach essentially becomes a barren wasteland with no one left to fight infections, disease and maintain your bodily functions.  
  • How you prepare your food matters.  Overcooked and boiled vegetables tend to lose a significant amount of their nutritional value. Try lightly sauteing or steaming your vegetables.  Better yet, eat them raw.       
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    Drink plenty of water.

    Water is the source of life and most of us don't drink nearly enough (guilty!).  It also encourages the growth of probiotics and balances the good bacteria in the gut.  The average man should drink about 3.7L per day and the average woman should be drinking 2.7L/day. 


    Consider reducing your caffeine and alcohol intake.

    You don't have to go cold turkey on these but consider cutting back a bit.  Your gut will appreciate a break from time to time.  If you really really can't live without a caffeine fix each day, think about transitioning to natural energy supplements or maté every once and a while.  If you are looking for something more zen, check out our range of relaxing CBD teas.

     

    Consider taking a probiotic supplement.

    Probiotic supplements are great because they help your good bacteria multiply and dominate your microbiome.  You should take a supplement that has cell count in the billions.      


    Manage that stress! 

    The communication between your brain and your gut is a two way street.  So when your brain is in distress so is your stomach and vice versa.  Remember that most things aren't worth the stress and activities like journaling, meditation and yoga are great for mitigating it.  CBD is phenomenal for relaxing and we have really taken the effort to stock the best of the best on the UK market.

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    I know this might seem like a big list of no fun.  But when your body is in its peak physical form you are honestly unstoppable and the way you live life is improved tenfold.  And what could be more fun than that?  Why wouldn't it be if you had abundant energy to accomplish more, enjoyed waking up in the mornings, felt happy for no particular reason, were free of illness and ailments,  enjoyed the best body you've ever had and looked your most attractive?  All it takes is putting your gut first.


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