Take Care of Your Gut Health: Here’s How

Gut health is not just about the usual digestive system. It also affects your overall health and wellness, including your health and immunity. Did you know that the microorganism inside your gut also affects longevity? 

A 2019 review published in Food Research International found that gut health is important for immunity, with the gut wall acting as a barrier to viruses, fungi, and harmful bacteria. 

Unhealthy gut can manifest as: 

  • High stress levels 
  • Lack of sleep 
  • Weight changes 
  • Autoimmune conditions 
  • Food intolerances 
  • Upset stomach such as bloating, gas, and constipation 


Source: Improve Gut Health: Recognize the Signs of an Unhealthy Gut (healthline.com) 

The simple changes you apply to your lifestyle will be a great help to your gut health. Here are ways to ensure better health for your digestive system. 


Manage Your Stress 

Cognitive behavioral therapy and stress management techniques such as meditation can help improve pain and other symptoms of digestive issues. 

Some people would feel stomach pain in times of stress. In addition, stress can worsen persisting digestive problems such as stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. 


Quit Smoking Cigarettes 

study conducted in 2018 discussed that smoking cigarettes has been shown to increase the incidence and relapse of peptic ulcer disease. Smoking was also linked to the development of esophageal, stomach, liver, pancreatic, and colon cancer. 

The study also found that chronic smoking could increase the secretion of gastric acid and lower stomach pH levels. 

Smoking can also cause acid reflux as it can weaken the muscles that control the lower end of the food pipe.


Proper Eating for Digestion 

Avoid rushing to eat your meal and chew each food properly. Do not overeat, with the recommended meals being four to five small meals, instead of three big meals. 

Be sure to eat your last meal at least two to three hours before lying down or going to bed. 


Aim For a Healthier Weight 

Too much stomach fat can put pressure on the stomach and can result in heartburn. Losing weight can help alleviate the discomfort of heartburn and other acid-related stomach problems. 

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