By Sam Botica, Naturopath – Take a look at these useful tips:
Tip #1 – Take probiotics:
Especially after a course of antibiotics but also to improve and multiply the good bacteria in the gut. Try to eat probiotic food like yogurt, kefir and kimchi.
Tip #2 – Supplement with digestive enzymes:
These will help to break down your food and give your body an extra boost. Particularly good for those with Diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Inflammatory bowel disease and Coeliac disease.
Tip #3 – Drink plenty of water:
At least 2 liters especially if you are working out. Lack of water intake causes food to get hard and stuck in the colon leading to constipation. Dehydration can also affect your immune cells in the gut and cause them to go awol. Not to mention dryness of skin and premature ageing.
Tip #4 – Eat real food:
Not processed. Include organic fruit and veggies when you can. If cost is an issue you can wash your fruit and veggies before eating them. Include chia, flaxseed and hemp seeds to the diet. Fresh vegetable juices are a great addition to the diet. Be liberal with herbs and use good oils like olive and coconut oils as opposed to margarine.
Tip #5 – Stress Management:
Stress affects the gut because the gut and brain are neurologically connected. Stress can damage the gut and a damaged gut produces more stress! When you are under a lot of stress you will not absorb nutrients properly.