Our bodies are hosts to a lot of lives, apart from our own. Today, we’re zooming into the gut microbiome, specifically, the ones living in our digestive system.
Our digestive system exists to break down food into a form our bodies can use, aid by the bacteria that exist in our digestive tract. A person has around 300 to 500 species of bacteria in the digestive tract—some good for us, some not. Accordingly to studies, there are links between good gut health and the health of our immune system, skin, cells, and it may even benefit us mentally!
Maintain good daily habits
Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, chew many times before you swallow your food. Turns out, all these habits that were instilled in us from young are beneficial against a lot of potential health problems we may face growing up, including digestive issues. It might have something to do with making sure your body is in its prime state to combat the issues that might come its way.
If anything, this is one more reason why you should maintain all these good daily habits.
Check for food intolerance/allergies, and change your diet if you must
Stop second-guessing your allergies or food intolerance and get a professional opinion. Food that may be good for someone else could trigger an unpleasant experience with your body, such as dairy, gluten, nuts or even certain meats.
Once you’ve identified that for sure, you can then take steps to tweak your diet and include less of what don’t work for you, and more of what does.
Take prebiotics or probiotics
Adding a prebiotic or probiotic supplement to your daily intake can help promote better gut health. But what’s the difference between the two?
For one, think of prebiotics like food for the friendly bacteria in your gut, which often comes in the form of dietary fibres. We can digest it, but the beneficial bacteria in our gut eat this fibre to produce healthy bacteria. Food like kimchi, garlic, banana, asparagus are good sources of such prebiotics.
Probiotics, on the other hand, are live bacteria (good ones) you can introduce into your system.
When looking out for probiotics, it’s good to find one that has “broad spectrum”, meaning it has different species of bacteria in the same product. Meanwhile, we are highlighting below some non-gelatin ones you can easily get your hands on to help with your gut health!
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