Gut Health Do’s And Don’ts

The Human Digestive System is a dynamic and complex set of organs and tracts. Not only the Medical community, but many entrepreneurs and top level athletes believe it has a critical role to play in wellness, cognitive function and human performance. Hippocrates, the ‘Father of Medicine’, validated it long ago, by saying “All Disease begins and ends in the Gut”. Therefore, being mindful of what we eat and drink can go a long way in improving our health, and the steps below can cover the inadequacies of our present habits and course correct our approach.

Food Intolerances:

This may be tricky to monitor and work on, because over and above the general list of foods that are universally panned for their inflammatory properties (which is valid for most people), some items may have a more individual impact, and there are a few signs and symptoms which invoke the proverbial ‘gut feeling’ that a certain thing you ate may be causing discomfort. If you haven’t yet observed it, start doing so, and also keep an eye out for more such indications, so that you can know what foods to exclude and substitute.

Whole, Fibrous, Anti-Oxidant Rich Foods:

Nature has so many nutritive gifts to offer, and most of them are immensely beneficial in different ways. Start by consuming fruits, vegetables and grains which are available in a form closest to how they grow, and do so without overcooking or using heavily processed condiments. Take small steps in this direction like adding beets (and beet tops) to your salad, throwing some blueberries into your morning cereal, switching the cereal for a lesser processed one, and choosing baked goods which use whole grains and familiar ingredients.

Quality Over Price:

Nowadays, every supermarket stocks an Organic range for many food products, and for good reason. You can look at this To understand why there is a need to not only choose whole foods over processed, but naturally grown instead of herbicide-laden. In our effort to heal our body through food, we must be vigilant of the invisible factors which interfered in the natural life cycle of the plant, and may extend their unwanted role in ours as well, and organic foods protect us from these influences.

Physical Activity:

Exercise is arguably the best way to stay away from any non-communicable diseases and disorders you currently don’t have, in conjunction with sensible eating. This study tells us that our Gut Microbiome (the collective name for our gut bacteria) also adapts to the intense manner in which the body briefly functions during a training session, and contributes to our effort by increased short chain fatty acid production, which is highly beneficial to our body. Choose a time you feel at which less stressed but more energetic and focused

Sleep Hygiene:

Human beings are diurnal, our biology is designed to work during daytime and rest during the night. But doing that to full effect requires making some adjustments, like dimming the lights in the house, reducing screen time on devices (and turning blue light filters on), and having a light and balanced dinner a couple of hours before bedtime. How this helps, is that it prepares the body to initiate the growth, recovery and repair processes without having to undo and reduce the “awake state” effects. Think of the night as time for your body get ready for the upcoming day.

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