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How to Love Your Gut: 10 Practical Tips

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Valentine's Day is more than a celebration of love for others; it's also an opportunity to extend some of that love to yourself, particularly to your gut health. Your gut plays a critical role in everything from influencing your mood to bolstering your immune system. This Valentine’s, we’re excited to present our top 10 tips for showing your gut the love it deserves. 💗 Follow these suggestions to enhance your gut health, and give yourself the gift of a happy, healthy gut.

  1. Eat More Plants 

Why It’s Important: Plant-focused diets are a love letter to your gut. High in fiber, they support gut health by promoting the diversity of your gut bacteria. A varied diet not only nurtures your gut microbiome but also helps prevent chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.  

Action Step: Try incorporating a new plant-based recipe into your meals each week. Whether it's a vibrant veggie stir-fry or a hearty lentil stew, the key is variety; after all, variety is the spice of life!   

  1. Eat Fermented Foods 

Why It’s Important: Fermented foods are like sending a bouquet of flowers to your gut bacteria. Rich in probiotics, they help increase the beneficial bacteria in your gut, enhancing digestion and boosting immunity.

Action Step: Add a small serving of fermented foods to one meal a day. Think yogurt with breakfast, sauerkraut on your lunch sandwich, or kimchi in your dinner bowl.

  1. Eat Whole Grains

Why It’s Important: Whole grains are the equivalent of a long, comfortable hug for your gut. Packed with fiber and non-digestible carbs such as beta-glucan, they nourish your gut bacteria, promoting their growth and ensuring your gut health is strong and resilient.

Action Step: Swap out refined grains for whole grains wherever possible. Enjoy oats for breakfast, use whole grain bread for sandwiches, and explore grains like quinoa, farro, or millet for dinner.

  1. Eat Foods Rich in Polyphenols

Why It’s Important: Polyphenols are the secret admirers of your gut bacteria. Found in foods like dark chocolate, red wine, green tea, and berries, they’re not fully digested by your cells but are broken down by gut bacteria, fostering a thriving gut environment.

Action Step: Indulge in polyphenol-rich foods daily. Have a square of dark chocolate as a treat, swap your coffee for green tea, or add berries to your morning oatmeal. 🍷 Don’t forget a nice relaxing glass of red wine and a bubble bath! Ahhh… 🥰

  1. Limit (or ELIMINATE) Artificial Sweeteners 

Why It’s Important: Just like in any relationship, your gut doesn’t appreciate fake gestures. Artificial sweeteners can disrupt your gut bacteria balance, leading to unwanted digestive issues. Artificial sweeteners kill off your good probiotic bacteria allowing the bad opportunistic bugs (bacteria, fungus, and viruses) to step in and take over.

Action Step: Read labels and reduce your intake of foods and drinks containing artificial sweeteners. Opt for natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup in moderation.

  1. Eliminate Processed and High-Sugar Foods

Why It’s Important: Processed and high-sugar foods are the villains in your gut’s love story. They can harm your gut bacteria and promote inflammation, leading to a cascade of health issues.

Action Step: Focus on whole, unprocessed foods. When cravings hit, reach for high-fiber, natural sugar sources like fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

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  1. Reduce Stress & Get Moving

Why It’s Important: Stress and inactivity are like a toxic relationship in your gut! Reducing stress and participating in regular movement can nurture your gut bacteria, improving your overall mood and health.

Action Step: Commit to a daily stress-reduction practice, like meditation or yoga, and aim for at least 20 minutes of physical activity. Even a walk around the block can do wonders. 

  1. Get Enough High-Quality Sleep

Why It’s Important: Think of sleep as a nightly renewal ceremony for your gut. Adequate sleep supports gut health, helping to maintain the balance of good bacteria.

Action Step: Establish a soothing nighttime routine and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep. Your gut’s regeneration process will thrive with consistent, restful nights.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Why It’s Important: Water is the lifeblood of your gut health. Staying hydrated maintains the mucosal lining of your intestines and supports the balance of good bacteria in your gut.

Action Step: Start every day with 16-20oz of water.  Drink up immediately upon waking (or right after you use the bathroom). Also, carry a water bottle with you and sip throughout the day. Adding a stick pack of just better.® Prebiotic Fiber to your hydration routine is like blowing a kiss to your gut! 

  1. Aim for 30 grams of Fiber Every Day

Why It’s Important: Fiber is not just food; it's a love letter to your gut bacteria. Striving for 30 grams of fiber each day is like sending a daily Valentine, ensuring your gut bacteria thrive, which in turn keeps your digestive system humming along harmoniously. This kind of internal love boosts your overall health, enhancing nutrient absorption, and promoting regularity. 

Adequate fiber-intake is the cornerstone of gut health that plays a pivotal role in managing weight, regulating blood sugar levels, and supporting heart health. 

In the spirit of self-love this Valentine’s Day, making sure you get enough fiber is a profound way to care for your body from the inside out.

Action Step: Broadening your meal planning to include a wealth of fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains is a fantastic start. But let's be honest, reaching that 30-gram goal every day can sometimes feel like a tall order amidst our busy lives. 

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❣️ This Valentine’s Day, let just better.® Prebiotic Fiber be your secret ingredient to happier, healthier gut love. 

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