Gut health tips for the New Year
1. Though simple, drinking water hydrates, nourishes and flushes toxins from your body. It’s a simple step that will positively impact gut and overall health. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult should be drinking 2.7 liters (for women) and 3.7 liters (for men) each day. However, depending on your exercise levels, health conditions and environment, you may need to drink more. 2. Take a probiotic or prebiotic. Probiotics provide increased levels of healthy bacteria your body needs. Prebiotics serve as ‘food’ for probiotics, working together to further promote those cells of healthy bacteria. These supplements are found in forms such as pills, gummies or oils. Foods like yogurt are also excellent sources of probiotics. 3. Eat a fiber-rich snack. Health experts recommend eating about 30 grams of fiber every day. Fiber improves digestion and is easily found in fruit, legumes and vegetables. Add some chia seeds to a smoothie or pick up some high-fiber bars. A fiber-rich diet can increase longevity, lower cholesterol and decrease risk of cancer and diabetes. 4. Check in on your anxiety level. Researchers have found a significant link between stress and gut health. In fact, higher levels of stress can cause stomach cramps and pains. Is your mind racing? Experiencing a lack of sleep? Whether it’s meditation or yoga, find ways to alleviate stress. Try decreasing your caffeine intake, going on a walk or taking a nap.