Gut health is a topic that is all over the place today and with good reason, our digestive systems are in serious need of improvement. With the standard western diet, GMO’s, depleted soil, and over use of antibiotics, our guts don’t stand a chance.
If you are like me, sometimes there is just too much to read on the subject. I am there with you and hate feeling overwhelmed and doomed by all the things you MUST do to heal your gut. However, my plan is to give you a few simple things that can help improve your gut health, without being overwhelming.
It’s all about baby steps, you didn’t get to where you are overnight so you must remember that healing takes time. I like to to break things down to simple ways I can improve my health so I see progress. Then, I can work on digging deeper.
It is super difficult to incorporated lots of big changes when you aren’t feeling well. Take some small steps to start improving your gut health so those bigger changes aren’t so overwhelming.
You also don’t need to break the bank to working on some of these steps. Allow for some healing so then you can figure out what needs more work and where you might invest on the next phase of healing.
8 simple ways to improve gut health
1. Bone Broth
This is probably one of my favorite ways to help with gut health. Bone broth is easy to make and helps provide minerals and collagen to help soothe your digestive tract.
If you have never made bone broth, it is simple, you can find direction on how to make it from my friend Renee at Raising Generation Nourished.
And you don’t have to just drink it to get the benefits. It is really easy to add to recipes. In fact here are over 50 soup recipe to try or if you are tired of soup, here are over 40 recipes using broth that aren’t soup.
2. Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are fun to add to your diet because there are so many ways to do it. Fermented foods are also pretty economical.
You can pretty much culture any veggie or fruit, you can find some great ideas on this pinterest board.
If you don’t have time to make them, you can know easily find kefir and yogurt at most major grocery stores.
Probiotics are a great way to up the good bacteria in your gut. This is a great option for those of us that are busy and supplements just work better than food items.
You can find a wide variety on the market but my suggestions is to rotate them and try different kinds to see what helps you feel better. Plus, it’s just good to vary up the bacteria you are feeding your system.
4. Drink enough water
Yes, I know, I say it so often but drink your water! By drinking enough water you are helping your body stay hydrated so your organs function properly.
Water also allows the body to flush things and help keep it clean.
5. Stay away from processed foods
This can be a tough one when you are first coming off of the standard american diet but it is so helpful to your gut.
Take it step by step, don’t toss it all out at once. My friend Donielle has a great book for helping ditch the sugar.
6. Digestive aids
Is your digestion sluggish? Or do you have tummy troubles? You can reach for my natural help to get the digestive juices flowing.
Herbal bitters, HCL, or digestive enzymes can be super helpful when your body is just not digesting food. Read a bit and decide which might help you the most. Both my friend Gwen and Lydia have great articles linked above to help jump start your research.
7. Avoid irritants
I do this to myself and it isn’t worth it. If you know a food bothers your stomach, stay away from it! I know it is hard, truly, I do.
Time away from it will help. I gave up dairy for quite awhile and am adding it back with no issues now. It is tough but so worth it.
8. Stay Regular
Yup, not a fun subject but you need to keep those bowels moving. Lots of water and fiber are a great start. You can also find herbs and supplements to help get things moving if needed.
Your entire system will work much more effectively if you keep things moving.
I know I just touch on each item, but I really want you to see that there are simple steps you can take to help improve your gut health. You know I like simple!
I have often been overwhelmed with research and wanting to feel better. I want to be able to share that this is doable and you don’t have to do it all at once.
If you are looking or more information on wellness, I pin all sorts of articles on this board. It’s why I love Pinterest…it is a place for me to put things I want to read or reference when my brain is just too tired to do it in the moment.
I’d love to hear from you, what are some changes you have made in your routine that have helped improve your gut health?
Anna is a Holistic Nutritionist and also holds a B.Sc. in chemistry. With her work she aims to developing healthy recipes, realistic health and fitness goals, and help make good health an option available to everyone.