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AT THE START OF THE YEAR, WE’RE OFTEN THINKING ABOUT IMPROVING OUR FITNESS. BUT MONIQUE MCKENZIE LOOKS AT HOW WE CAN ALSO IMPROVE OUR GUT HEALTH AND DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
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We all know the importance of staying well-hydrated, managing our stress levels, following a healthy diet and making time for regular physical activity, but there are plenty of additional ways to elevate our health naturally. Whether it’s our gut or digestive system, in conjunction with NU-LAX™ we’ve rounded up the best methods to keep our health in check.

Gut Health

Many studies have now shown that a disrupted microbiota can lead to numerous chronic diseases. The best way to maintain a healthy microbial is to eat a range of fresh, whole foods, mainly from plant sources such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans and whole grains. A healthy gut flora high in friendly bacteria is essential for overall health. Here’s how we can also ensure a healthy gut flora:

Get enough shut-eye

Getting plenty of good-quality sleep can help improve mood, cognition and gut health. A 2014 animal study indicated that irregular sleep habits and disturbed sleep can have negative outcomes on the gut flora, which may increase the risk of inflammatory conditions. Establish healthful sleep habits by going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, and remember that adults should get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

Do gut-healthy exercise

As well as improved heart health, body shape and mood, there is now increasing evidence that exercise changes our gut microbiome. In a study by the University of Illinois, a team of researchers tracked changes in the gut microbial of people living a more sedentary lifestyle and then a more active one, all while maintaining their usual diet. They discovered that when people followed a more active lifestyle, there was an increase in short chain fatty acids, which promote healthy intestinal cells, reduce inflammation and generate energy. Any exercise we do will help our gut bacteria, and it’s important to include both aerobic and strength training. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has been shown to be particularly good.

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January 2020