Tips For Keeping Your Gut Healthy

You are what you eat. We’ve all heard it before. We all know that what we eat affects our bodies. The foods we consume have nutrients in them and eating the right ones helps the body function at its best. But have you ever thought about how what you eat affects your gut? Stomach health is the real deal. Your gut’s health contributes to your metabolism, your ability to take in nutrients, and well, your ability to eat. Bloating, indigestion, heartburn, and nausea are absolutely horrible. When your gut’s not having a good time you can’t eat your favorite meals. There are a few different things you can do to keep your gut healthy and avoid any unnecessary hardship. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your gut happy.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The benefits of apple cider vinegar, according to a dietitian
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You’ve probably heard of this one before. One shot of apple cider vinegar a day helps your waistline. Yes, it comes in handy if you’re trying to lose weight, but it does your gut a big favor by helping it maintain healthy acid levels. Healthy acid levels mean less acid issues, aka reflux, heartburn, and indigestion. If you have GERD, this is a good habit you should add to your routine. Bonus points. This stuff is also great for your heart and heart health, as we all know, is incredibly important. 

Pro-biotics

Pro-biotics are the tiny bacteria that do that heavy lifting when it comes to GI health. They’re known as the “good” bacteria for a good reason. It helps the body move along food throw the digestive tract from start to finish. Probiotics help keep the important enzymes in line, which helps keep the stomach and intestines running smoothly. You can get probiotics in supplements, yogurt, kombucha, and more. Just do a little search and find out which method works best for you.

Small bits

The phrase “chew your food before you swallow” doesn’t just apply to choking. You have teeth for a reason so use them! Big pieces of food can make digestion harder than it has to be for the body. When you eat too fast and too much at once in one sitting, your body’s enzymes can’t keep up. Well chewed food is good for digestion, esophagus health, and even your metabolism. So chew that food. Don’t gulp it all whole!  

Alkaline Rich Foods

This may not be one you’re familiar with. Alkaline means pH level over 7. By now, you’ve probably noticed that acidy is a pretty big deal when it comes to gut health. It’s the same premise as apple cider vinegar. The stuff helps the gut maintain its pH level. Tons of veggies are full of alkaline. Yet another reason why you should eat your vegetables! Leafy greens, broccoli, fresh fruits, and ginger are rich with alkaline and all its glory. These foods can help you fend against acid reflux and heartburn. Nobody whats to deal with those acid issues. So eat your fresh fruits and veggies.  

Take it Easy on the Fried stuff

Last but not least, the obvious one. Fried foods. They’re full of fat and grease. Does fried food taste great? It sure does. But does your body actually need it? No, in fact, it hates it.  Fatty fried foods prevent the lower esophageal sphincter from fully tightening, which leads to dreadful heartburn and acid reflux. If you have acid issues, avoid fried stuff entirely. Go for grilled, not fried or else your stomach will make you pay for it. 

Stomach health seems like a complicated thing but the truth is, eating correctly and developing the right habits can keep it happy and make mealtime easier on you. Get your veggies in small bites, drink some apple cider vinegar, and avoid fried food like the plague if you have gut issues. Your stomach is important. So take care of it and fill it with the right stuff. If you need a little help eating the right stuff, we can lend you a hand. Click here to learn more.

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