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How to improve gut health

Medically reviewed by Dr Knut Moe,
Sons Medical Director

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05 February 2022
3-minute read

A healthy gut doesn’t only aid digestion. Improving your gut health ensures you feel great while helping your immune system to function as it should. In addition to Sons’ Gut Health Supplements, there are various things you can do to keep your gut healthy. Here are five simple habits that you can do on a daily basis to enhance your gut health and keep you feeling healthy.

Take a few minutes

Practising mindfulness and meditation each day can have a positive impact on your gut health, thanks to the gut-brain axis. Finding the time in your routine for a ten-minute meditation to start and end your day can reduce gut pain and lower stress hormones like cortisol. Over an extended period, excess stress can damage your gut. So managing your cortisol and stress levels will improve your gut health and mental health simultaneously.

Feed on fibre

The microbes within your gut have unique dietary requirements that enable them to function. If you don’t feed your gut microbes their preferred food, they will have to settle for less rich nutrients. The most important food for gut health is fibre, and many studies have indicated that people who take more fibre in their diets have a healthier gut microbiome, and therefore put on less weight in the long run. Incorporating fibrous foods into your diet, including grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and seeds, essentially act as a fertiliser for your gut microbes, which keeps the helpful bacteria alive and healthy.

Diversify your diet

While fibre is essential, it’s not the only important player in determining your gut health. The microbes within your gut crave diversity and aren’t impressed when you feed them the same foods time and time again! Although it’s not always easy to diversify your diet without effort, it’s undoubtedly a great habit to get into. If you start tracking the foods that you eat on a daily basis, try and incorporate up to thirty different plant-based foods every week. When you do your weekly shop, buy something that you haven’t tried before and work it into your meal plan.

Move your body

Exercise is one of the most important commitments if you’re serious about improving your overall health and wellbeing. What’s more, studies have indicated that regular exercise modifies your gut microbiota, leading to a range of positive health effects. Just thirty minutes of exercise each day will boost your gut health in the long run. If you find it difficult to make time for exercise each day, consider cycling, walking, or jogging to work in the morning. Anything that gets your heart rate up is exercise, so you don’t need to hit the weights in the gym to enjoy the benefits of exercise.

Keep a gut diary

Gut issues are common - in fact, 2 in 5 people experience problems with their gut, including abdominal pain, excess gas, and bloating. And while the issues are real, it’s not always easy to identify what causes them. Therefore, keeping a daily gut diary is an effective way of reviewing your routine and noticing things that might be causing your gut discomfort. Begin by noting down every meal and snack that you eat, and include your exercises and any other significant occurrences in your day. You should also keep track of your symptoms and try and identify patterns that might be causing your gut issues. After a few weeks, you will be able to review your diary and hopefully identify the cause of your issues before taking the necessary steps to make the required changes to your lifestyle.

As well as improving your daily habits, regularly consuming our Gut Health Supplements will provide you with additional gut support. The fundamental ingredient within our supplement is LP299v™, which is clinically proven to alleviate abdominal pain, bloating, and enhance the overall health of your gut.