Go With Your Gut!

Did you know that your gut is the epicentre of your mental and physical health? Digestive issues can affect many other areas of your body and simply by improving your gut health you can make a massive impact on your overall wellbeing.

Do you want better immunity? Improved digestion? Better clarity and balance? Focus on rebuilding the health of your stomach and the rest will follow. So, what can you do to improve your gut health? Read on below for some simple changes you can implement into your lifestyle today and start to see a change.

1. Stay Hydrated

It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. This is because your gut needs water to keep the bacteria and waste that travels through your digestive system moving. If you happen to be dehydrated, this can cause inflammation as the balance of bacteria in your stomach may not be even.

2. Eat probiotic foods

Whole foods that are fermented and have substantial amounts of positive bacteria can be very good for your gut. An example of a few probiotic-rich foods include:

 Live-cultured yoghurt

 Kombucha

 Sauerkraut

 Pickles

 Miso soup

 Kimchi

 Apple cider vinegar

 Soybeans

 Avocado

It’s easy to incorporate a few of these into your regular diet to help regulate and stimulate your digestion.

3. Take a probiotic supplement

By taking a probiotic supplement every day, you can make sure you boost the good bacteria in your body. This will boost your immune system as well as ease digestive issues

4. Reduce sugar and processed foods intake

Foods that are high in sugar or that are processed can contain lots of bad bacteria and do little to nurture good gut flora. This bad bacteria has a negative effect on your gut and can make you feel sluggish, irritable and lethargic.

5. Try and decrease stress

Stress has a negative effect on every part of the body, but especially your gut. Chronic stress can stimulate the release of stress hormones such as cortisol, causing a slow down in your blood flow which in turn slows down your digestion. Try things like meditation, deep breathing, yoga and other techniques to alleviate the pressure you canexperience day to day- your gut will thank you for it.

The Bircher Bar is passionate about providing our customers will speciality, gourmet foods that are also healthy for you! You'll find a great range of pre-biotic and probitotic foods both in-store and online

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