Gut health is a trending topic these days, and food intolerance or sensitivity is a growing epidemic that has affected many women. The wellness community is just beginning to discover its complex ties to our overall health and well-being, and learning that it is linked to everything from autoimmune disease to mood, mental health, endocrine disorders and much more. The main focus of gut health is to encourage “good bacteria” to flourish.
So, how do you know what’s going on with your gut?
Some of the symptoms of unhealthy gut include stomach disturbances like bloating and constipation, sugar cravings, weight fluctuations, insomnia or fatigue, skin conditions like eczema, autoimmune diseases and food intolerances. Sound familiar? You might be one of the many women affected by gut issues.
“One of the best ways to add healthy bacteria to your system is to take a prebiotic or probiotic.”
The good news is there are things you can do to improve your intestinal health. Lowering stress can help. So, can getting enough sleep, eating slowly, staying hydrated and trying elimination diets to address any food allergies. In general, diets low in processed foods, refined sugars and fats are better for a healthy microbiome, as they are linked to the growth of unhealthy bacteria.
But sometimes you need a little extra help. We’ve done our research and here are some tips:
- One of the best ways to add healthy bacteria to your system is to take a prebiotic or probiotic.
- Increasing healthy nutrients such as turmeric and antioxidants may help with inflammation.
- Aloe Vera — in its juice form or taken as part of a supplement — may promote healthy gut flora too.