In celebration of World Health Day, Dubai-based Health Awareness Company LivLively in collaboration with the Retreat the Palm, recently hosted a morning workshop to address various concerns of women. Aptly titled ‘Healthy From Within’, the morning workshop featured sessions covering both nutrition, fitness and spiritual wellbeing, including:
1. Awareness about Gut Health
2. Nutrition Advice and Juicing Demo
3. Tips on Fitness
4. Guided Sound Meditation to balance energies
Beginning today (April 7, 2019), we begin a four-day series on various health issues. Today, we have tips on how to improve gut health.
Dr Rajul Matkar, an Obstetrician - Gynaecologist and food and lifestyle blogger says:
Everything begins from the gut and hence a strong gut is essential for digesting food, absorbing nutrients and plays a vital role in the immune system and is critical to our wellbeing. Here’s how you can improve your gut health:
1. Lower your stress levels
Chronic high levels of stress are hard on your whole body, including your gut. Some ways to lower stress may include meditation, walking, getting a massage, spending time with friends or family, decreasing caffeine intake, or yoga.
2. Get enough sleep
Not getting enough or good quality of sleep can have serious impacts on your gut health, which can in turn contribute to more sleep related and digestive issue. Try to prioritize getting at least 7–8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.
3. Eat slowly
Chewing your food thoroughly and eating your meals more slowly can help promote full digestion and absorption of nutrients. This may help you reduce digestive discomfort and maintain a healthy gut.
4. Stay hydrated
Water makes up about 60 percent of our body weight and is vital for almost every function in the body. Drinking plenty of water has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the mucosal lining of the intestines, as well as on the balance of good bacteria in the gut. Staying hydrated is a simple way to promote a healthy gut.
5. Take a prebiotic or probiotic
Our bodies are full of bacteria. This bacteria is part of our microbiota, which is made up of all the bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in our body. The bacteria in our body actually outnumber our body’s cells 10 to 1, and much of it is found in the digestive tract. This bacteria is essential for overall health.
When your gut bacteria become imbalanced, often due to lack of good bacteria or an overgrowth of bad bacteria, you can see side effects like constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas and more. Balancing out your gut bacteria starts with probiotics and prebiotics.
Probiotics are the good bacteria while prebiotics are the good bacteria promoters. They work in synergy with each other, so your gut needs both of them to keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy.
Adding a prebiotic or probiotic supplement to your diet may be a great way to improve your gut health. A spoon of natural, organic yogurt every day will help.