When you’re stressed, so is your gut. Whether you’re going through a breakup, the loss of a loved one or your boss is making your life a living misery, stress can wreak havoc on your gut health.
It’s been scientifically proven that around 80% of gut-related autoimmune disease diagnoses reveal emotional upheaval prior to the onset of gut problems.
By Steve Collins, My Way Up
Stress and your gut health
We go through a whole range of emotions every day, and we are extremely good at causing our body physical stress. Even at low levels, being stressed can directly affect your digestion and gut function. This can lead to problems like diarrhea, bloating, food sensitivity, constipation and other IBS related symptoms.
Restoring your natural gut bacteria and barrier requires more than reducing your stress levels. Much like your fingerprints, everyone has different gut health issues and there’s not a single cure-all. But here are some healthful tips that may help improve your gut health.
1. Reduce your stress levels
Common sense will tell you if you have a lot of stress in your life that reducing your stress levels may help significantly, but it’s often easier said than done. In stressful circumstances, keeping a level head can be difficult and takes a lot of practice.
If your source of stress is coming from your job, look at ways you can streamline processes to improve your work environment. Remember to take regular breaks from your computer, go outside in the sunshine and get fresh air at lunchtime or go for a walk.
Try meditation, take up a hobby, try art therapy, learn to play an instrument, go to beach yoga, reduce your screen time, spend time with friends—laughing.
2. Clean up your diet
Cleaning eating is a term bandied around by health professionals, but what does it really mean? Clean eating means adding more whole foods to your diet, fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes and eating them in their natural state. A diet rich in fibre and probiotics is crucial to good gut health.
3. Get your gut bacteria analysed
My Way up® is a gut health company specialising in precision nutrition for gut health. They look at your gut bacterial DNA and genes and based on their findings are able to recommend pre and probiotics, and provide information on the right superfoods and nutrition to help improve your unique gut health.
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