6 Natural Ways To Maintain Gut Health

If you tend to feel bloated a lot or burp often, there might be something amiss in your gut. In the long list of bodily functions, digestion tends to get ignored. But, improper digestion can lead to health problems like obesity, nutrient deficiency, allergies, and fatigue and food cravings. Here are few pointers that help heal the digestive system naturally.

1. Eat A Fiber-Rich Diet

Dietary fiber maintains gut microbes

Constipation is one of the most frustrating conditions related to gut health. When we’re unable to get harmful waste out of our digestive system, it starts rotting in our digestive system. This is why constipation generally leads to further disorders.1

Dietary fiber maintains the number of healthy microbes in the gut which, in turn, aid in the digestive process. Soluble fiber found in vegetables and fruits helps speed up the passage of

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harmful waste through the intestines.

Hence, if you do suffer from constipation, approximately 40% of your diet should consist of high-fiber vegetables, legumes, and fruits.2 3

2. Lower Your Stress

Stress worsens digestive disorders.

Stress is believed to exacerbate indigestion. One cause of this is stress eating, which generally involves unhealthy foods like fried food, alcohol, and refined grains. These foods are low in fiber and are believed to cause constipation.4 Additionally, stress and anxiety are linked to heartburn.5

3. Get Adequate Sleep

Sleep relieves gut disorders.

Research indicates that sleep disorders might play a role in the severity of gastrointestinal disorders. Lack of sleep disrupts the levels of cytokines, small proteins that are required for cell signaling, in the body.

This disruption worsens inflammatory diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastroesophageal reflux. Hence, getting a good night’s sleep might just be what you need to ensure that your gut is in good shape. However, if you do have trouble sleeping, then you should see a somnologist at the earliest.6

4. Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise promotes gut health.

Exercise is believed to have

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a positive effect on digestion. Recent research indicates that exercise promotes the growth and maintenance of gut microbes which, in turn, prevent gastrointestinal disorders.7

Additionally, yoga poses are believed to improve blood circulation and have a massaging effect on surrounding muscles which then speed up sluggish digestion.8 So, join yoga classes or incorporate other forms of physical exercises in your daily regimen for optimal digestive function.

5. Eat Probiotic Foods

Fermented foods promote healthy gut bacteria.

Probiotics are live microorganisms or active bacterial cultures, which aid in digestion. These have been shown to improve nutrient absorption and inhibit pathological bacterial overgrowth in the gut.

Hence, including foods rich in probiotics in your diet is a sure shot way of maintaining gut

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health. These foods include yogurt, buttermilk, some cheeses, and fermented soy products.9

6. Stay Hydrated

Water eases the symptoms of constipation.

Water is believed to play a major role in the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients by the body. Studies indicate that adequate intake of water can improve the symptoms of constipation. So, be sure to stay hydrated through the day.10

Working towards a healthy gut can help you avoid the discomfort of disorders like indigestion and constipation. Incorporating the above tips in your daily life will help you do just that.

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