- A healthy gut can help you have a stronger immunity
- It can help in preventing indigestion
- Practice mindful eating for a healthy gut
Gut health is more important than you think it is. The food you eat is ultimately broken down in the gut, so that it can enter the blood stream and provide nutrient to the body. A healthy gut is directly proportional to a healthy digestive system. A healthy gut contains healthy bacteria and immune cells which can help in warding off infection causing bacteria, viruses and fungi. Also, the gut and brain are connected through chemicals and neurotransmitters that control feelings and emotions. Serotonin, for instance, is the neurotransmitter which contributes to feelings of happiness.
"What you eat can determine how you feel, act and even behave. Hence, keeping your gut happy is very important!" writes clinical nutritionist Ishi Khosla in her Instagram post.
She recommends three simple steps to keep your gut health in check
1. Plan ahead
Make it a habit to plan your day with respect to food, peak hunger time and exercise. Address nutritional deficiencies and consume a nourishing balanced diet. Practice mindful eating and avoid binge-eating and sugary foods. Maintaining a food diary can help you with all this.
2. Consume sufficient protein
Kholsa recommends that you should eat protein twice a day. Pair them vegetables in order to improve your gut health.
3. Eat gut-protective foods
Your diet should include plenty of raw or cooked vegetables, fruits, nuts and sprouts. At least one meal of the day should include this food group. Eat foods rich in probiotics and prebiotics like yogurt, curd, kefir, kimchi, kombucha, etc.
Apart from these tips, it is also important to get adequate sleep and exercise regularly. Chew your food properly and avoid gulping down food. Limit intake of deep fried food to just once a week. These two practices can help in preventing indigestion, acidity, gas and bloating.
(Ishi Khosla is a practicing clinical nutritionist, columnist and author)
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