Good gut health is key to overall health and wellness, and it starts with a healthy microbiome! Here are a few easy ways to ensure you’re helping your body maintain the right kind of bacteria for a healthy gut:
- Eat more fiber. Load up on fruits and veggies! Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and broccoli can be quickly roasted or sauteed and served as a side with any meal. Apples and berries are also a great addition to your morning routine.
- Get more sleep. Poor sleep habits can lead to weight gain and obesity. Prioritize getting 8 hours of sleep every night and make sure you’re separating your sleep space from your work space (especially in these work from home times).
- Move your body. It’s critical to make time to move your body on a daily basis, especially during quarantine. You don’t need an intense workout – a 20-minute walk or gentle stretches in the morning and before bed can go a long way!
- Manage stress. Practice mindfulness and breathing techniques to keep that in check. Click here for additional tips on how to manage stress.
And it doesn’t stop there – new research suggests that incorporating more fruits and vegetables can do even more by regulating blood pressure . A British study suggests that foods rich in flavanols, like berries, broccoli, spinach, kale, red wine, and cocoa, may reduce blood pressure. You can read more about the studies results and diet recommendations here.
We can all agree that eating lots of fruits and vegetables is a great strategy for a healthier diet!