Researchers are finding more and more that gut health leads to overall health. A healthy gut has been linked to lower rates of diabetes, depression, obesity, and fatigue. In other words, both your mental and physical health are dependent upon having a healthy gut. So in an effort to help improve your overall gut health, here are six things to start doing today.

 

  1. Avoid Antibiotics and NSAIDs – Antibiotics and NSAIDs can destroy gut flora or change their composition. This flora aids in digestion, and is a large part of what determines how healthy you are.

 

  1. Avoid Carbs, Sugar, and Processed Foods – These foods also destroy gut flora. There are also many people who have allergies to these (wheat, gluten, sugar, etc.) who don’t know about the allergy. This can not only lead to a destruction of gut flora, but also to a destruction of the gut barrier.

 

  1. Eat Yogurt – Finding a good yogurt full of probiotics (most Greek yogurts are best), will help rebuild your gut flora and can also help to heal your gut wall. Yogurt will do more to aid in digestion than anything else you will find.

  1. Eat Prebiotic Foods – These are fiber-rich foods which feed the bacteria in your gut. These include things like: bananas, almonds, garlic, mushrooms, and onions. These foods are great

signs-of-strokeIf you are worried you or a loved one has suffered from a stroke, here are 7 signs to look for. If you notice any of them, it is advisable to contact a doctor or medical professional.

  1. Trouble Seeing – This can be with one or both eyes. This can be anything from blurred vision to complete loss of vision.
  1. Difficulty Speaking – If you notice slurred speech, a confusion of words, or an inability to speak all together, that can be a sign of a stroke.
  1. Dizziness – Dizziness and an inability to stand or sit can be a sign of a stroke. A loss of balance is common during and immediately after a stroke.
  1. Numbness – Numbness in the arms, legs, or face can be an easy sign of a stroke. This will generally happen on one side of the body, making it a noticeable change.
  1. Confusion – This will often set in several days before a stroke, and will get worse until the stroke happens. If you are unable to understand what someone is saying to you, or are having trouble remembering basic things, it might be a good idea to consult a doctor. Even if you have not had a stroke, this can be a symptom that one is coming.
  1. Headache – This is not a run of the mill, everyday