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5 Tips to Help You Restore and Maintain Your Gut Health

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1. Take a Quality Probiotic
In 1907, Nobel Laureate, Elie Metchnikoff introduced the concept of probiotics. He published a groundbreaking study that linked longevity with consuming fermented milk that contained Lactobacilli, a bacterial strain that produces lactic acid and helps maintain healthy intestinal microflora.[10][11] Today, probiotics supplements are available at health food, grocery, and online stores. When choosing a probiotic, look for these qualities:

Probiotic supplements should contain 5 to 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units).
Encapsulated pills are better than liquids because they help the bacteria survive the acidic stomach environment.
Multiple strains of bacteria (different strains offer different benefits — some help with digestion of fiber, some help with vitamin absorption, some help promote bowel regularity).
Floratrex™ is the probiotic I recommend. It’s a blend of billions of live and active cultures from 23 probiotic strains and contains prebiotics for extra support.

2. Avoid Overuse of Antibiotics
Antibiotics kill bacteria. Although that includes the bad bacteria that can make you sick, it also includes the good bacteria your body needs. This disruption of intestinal harmony can cause a lack of diversity among bacteria that’s sure to affect your health.[12]

3. Incorporate Fermented Foods Into Your Diet
Fermented foods can introduce good bacteria to your gut but know that it’s better to make your own. Store-bought options are usually pasteurized, which kills good bacteria. Some of the best fermented foods for promoting gut health include:

Sauerkraut
Yogurt
Kefir
Kimchi
Soy Sauce
Tempeh
Fermented Tofu
Kombucha
4. Eat Less Refined Sugar
Among the many problems caused by refined sugar (inflammation, weight gain, hormonal imbalance…), it also promotes the growth of bad bacteria and upsets gut flora balance.[13]

5. Lower Your Stress Levels
Much like the spinal cord, neurons cover your intestinal wall where they send information throughout your body. The existence of the brain/gut connection makes it clear that stress can be linked to gut health.[14][15] When stressed, your brain sends messages to your gut in the form of chemicals. These chemicals affect how well your gut works.

5 Tactics to Reduce Stress and Support Gut Health
1. Meditation

It’s amazing how much better you can feel about things if you just take some time to stop, breathe, and concentrate. If you need to use a mantra, go for it!

2. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy harnesses the power of plant-sourced essential oils. Many people attest that this ancient, traditional practice helps them manage stress.

3. Exercise

Physical activity affects stress and mood.[16] If you’re feeling stressed, being active can help you overcome it!

4. Diet

What you eat can have a significant impact on your gut health. Stress-relieving foods can help.

5. Laughter

Laughter can relieve stress by producing endorphins and lowering the stress hormone cortisol.[17] Find a funny friend or turn on a comedy to produce a relieving chuckle. Your gut will thank you!

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