Naomi Campbell began the gut trend by revealing that having a healthy gut is one of her ultimate health and beauty secrets and naturally when the forty seven year old supermodel divulges anything related to health and beauty the world listens, takes notes and applies, because who wouldn’t want to look as healthy and beautiful as Ms. Campbell?
Your gut affects the entire body, in addition your gut health aids in an overall healthier body. Burning fat, glowing skin, reduced fatigue and risk for illnesses such as colds and even cancer are some of the many benefits of a healthy gut.
Here is a simple list to help you heal your gut and lead a healthy lifestyle:
Look for yoghurt that has live A & B Cultures, with no sugar or artificial sweeteners, whilst the cultures assist in improving the good gut bacteria in your gut, the sugar does the exact opposite. Nutritionists recommend Greek yoghurt, as mentioned previously on my blog: 20 Things You Can Do Now To Boost Your Metabolism.
2. Fruits and Vegetables
Include more fruit and vegetables in your diet especially cabbage, kale and broccoli.
Diets high in protein are popular amongst South Africans, however, don’t forget your plate needs to have more veggies and your snacks should include more fruit for a well balanced gut health diet.
Add probiotics to your daily supplement ritual. Check for Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain inclusions. Probiotics for gut health are essential and balances stomach bacteria.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Victoria Beckham swears by it.
Mix two teaspoons with water before meals, once to three times daily.
Apple cider vinegar is especially popular for assisting in the removal of visceral fat (abdominal fat), it also aids in digestion thus improving your gut flora.
5. Sweet Potatoes And Yams
Swop out regular potatoes for sweet potatoes that alternate for an easy, healthy and delicious snack, you will be glad that you did as sweet potatoes and yams increases the flora in your gut, consequently aiding a faster metabolism and stronger immune system and is the ultimate in gut health foods.
6. Bone Broth
Acts as a healing ingredient for the gut and is rich in minerals such as magnesium and is easier for your body to absorb and great for your intestinal flora.
Turmeric, coriander and garlic are spices, which have anti-inflammatory properties for the gut, and promote a healthy active gut and intestinal bacteria.
8. Chew Your food
Chewing your food twenty to thirty times assists with digestion and proper breakdown of your foods which will subsequently improve your gut health.
9. Keep Moving
Diet is important and without doubt exercising optimizes your health, if you still haven’t included the routine of gym to your lifestyle ensure that you keep moving as being active also increases flora in your gut and intestinal health.
Stay away from processed foods and sugar so as to not to counteract the nutritious foods and habits you include, which result in a sluggish gut and therefore undermine your health. You will begin to notice the difference within two to four weeks of including these simple steps in your diet, your skin will look healthier and you will feel more energetic.
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