How to Heal Your Gut and Improve Your Health

Burgers, chocolate and girls-night-margaritas are essential ‘fri-yay’-components, (and worth it, to be sure) but let’s face it, our bodies don’t love it as much as we do. Luckily, if you have gone a bit overboard with the treats lately, there are things you can do to help heal your gut and keep it in tip top condition!

Scientists are just now discovering how important having healthy gut bacteria really is to our overall wellbeing. Up to 80% of your immunity is in your gut, so we want to do all we can to keep it happy!

Pave the Way
By including healthy, non-digestible fibre in our diet, we feed millions of good bacteria in the gut that are needed for optimum health, that then provide nutrients for your colon and help with regularity. So up your fibre intake by making oatmeal your go-to breakfast, add berries to your smoothies and snack on nuts and seeds!

Team up with the Good Guys
There is a reason why probiotics (good bacteria) is the word on everyone’s lips right now – recent studies suggest that they can positively affect everything to your mood, digestion and immune system. So where do we get the good bacteria? From fermented foods like kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha. Don’t like the taste? Add a probiotic supplement to your diet instead.

Do not donut!
We know. Saying no to sugar is easier said than done, but fact is that sugar, along with alcohol, and processed foods like chips and sodas mess up your microflora and feed the bad bacteria in your gut. That means that your three-o’clock snack may actually be the reason why you’re feeling blue! So to keep the good guys happy, keep the processed food to a minimum.

Words by: Photographs by: Oriflame