Are your routine habits causing harm to the health of your gut?
A healthy gut is vital to a healthy life. The reason why is called the microbiome. It is the collection of microorganisms that are filled with valuable bacteria that provide a crucial link between health and disease and is ultimately influenced by your lifestyle.
Food Matters published a helpful list of habits that could affect your gut’s status, and we’ve compiled and synthesized some of the standouts.
A poor diet
Unsurprisingly, your diet and how you eat directly affects your gut and microbiome health. Eating balanced and healthy food will not only make you feel more energized throughout the day, but your body will be thanking you internally in the long run. Here are some helpful tips for improving your diet:
- Don’t eat processed foods!
- Limit your sugar/sweet intake.
- Eat your greens! Lots and lots of them!
- Increasing your fiber will help digestion.
- Chew your food properly and don’t eat too fast.
The Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP)
This may come as a surprise to many individuals, but over time the OCP is said to harm your guy by depleting your B12, zinc and folate levels and killing of bacteria that is beneficial to the body. An estimated 62% of women within the reproductive age are currently using the contraceptive, including 28% or roughly 10.6 million women using the pill. While on the pill, maintaining a proper diet can alleviate gastrointestinal issues; however, taking an OCP daily is a routine that some women may consider eliminating if dealing with recurring gut problems.
An occasional drink is not going to destroy your gut, but it's possible that large or frequent amounts of alcohol can kill off good bacteria and increase acidity. The more alcohol consumed, the more intestinal permeability occurs, which means foreign components and partially digested food will enter through the gut and can eventually cause inflammation. If your gut has issues, you can reduce your alcohol intake to address this.
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