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Let's talk about your GUT!

By Her365 Fitness

SAT APR 04, 2020

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, having a strong and healthy immune system is more important than ever. There's no better time to than now to bring focus to your overall wellness.

There are steps you can take to make yourself healthier, and we’ve got a great series that focuses on a super important part of your immune health: your gut! Check it out here.

There has been a LOT of buzz about “gut health” lately and for several good reasons.

Your gut health doesn’t affect just your digestion (although that’s super important) but also your heart, your brain, your immune system, and even your mood.

💡 Fun Fact #1: You have about 100 trillion (!!!) microbes living in your gut right now. And there are about 1,000 different species of known gut bacteria. 

 If you were to weigh all the bacteria in your gut, they would weigh over 4 lbs (2 kg)! 🤯

Some of these bacteria are your personal army of helpers, digesting your food, making energy, and keeping your immune system healthy and in fighting shape. And other bacteria are not-so-good, linked with digestive upset, inflammation, obesity, and even conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma.

As you can imagine, you want to make sure your gut stays in balance with more of the good guys than the bad guys; YOU have the power to do just that with your food and lifestyle choices.

I'll cover more about that later, but now here's this:

💡 Fun Fact #2: Your gut microbiome is like your fingerprint: no one else’s is the same as yours.

All of us share about one-third of the same microbiota makeup – but two-thirds of your microbiota “fingerprint” is unique to you and only you. We all have a unique gut microbiome, but the basic guidelines for keeping it in balance work for nearly everyone.

I’m going to be sharing a LOT more info about all of this in the coming weeks, but here’s a quick gut health checklist to get you started:

  1. Make sure you’re getting enough fiber, including insoluble fiber. The good bacteria in your small intestine feed on fiber.
  2. Eat fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, because they contain healthy bacteria that can replenish your gut microbiome; this is especially true if you have taken antibiotics, which can affect the balance of your gut bacteria.
  3. Avoid processed foods and sugar. The bad-guy bacteria like to feed on these!
  4. Cut stress. Meditate, journal, go outside for some fresh air. There’s a direct connection (your vagus nerve) between your brain and your gut, each affecting the other. Check out my tips for beating stress HERE.
  5. Get regular exercise. The more active you are, the happier your gut microbiome will be.
  6. Get enough sleep. When your sleep is disrupted, so are the good bacteria in your microbiome. And vice versa! 

It’s amazing how everything works together, isn’t it?

Speaking of working together, my instructors and I have worked together to bring virtual fitness to women anywhere/everywhere. Our fitness classes are streamed live, fun, interactive experience that will keep you active and your spirits lifted during this stressful time of the quarantine. 

Now more than ever, it’s an excellent time to DIG IN and stay focused on our health!

Committed to your Success,

Marissa

REFERENCES:
www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/en/about-gut-microbiota-info/