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