The health of your gut can have real, visible and lasting effects on the health of your skin, your nails and even your mental health and overall wellbeing.
There's so much more to gut health than just cutting a few foods from your diet- but improving your gut health is actually surprisingly easy to do.
It's time to make your gut health a priority. Read on to discover our 5 top tips for good gut health today.
1. Eat a balanced diet
Enjoying a diet that is rich in wholegrains fibre is a great (and delicious) way to nourish your gut microbiome. Your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of microorganisms, most of which are bacteria that live in your intestinal tract. If your gut microbiome is unhealthy, you may find yourself with an upset stomach, bloating and weight changes, skin irritation and fatigue. Ensuring your diet is full of good bacteria can help you to combat chronic inflammation, weight gain, metabolic issues and even disease.
The best foods for gut health also include legumes and wholegrains in addition to fresh produce like apples, onions, mushrooms, garlic and carrots, so try to eat a variety of these each day. While you're at it, avoid refined sugar and saturated fats wherever possible.
2. Aim for a daily dose of probiotics
Probiotics are good bacteria that balance your gut flora and ensure that the aforementioned microorganisms in your gut function correctly and in the right quantities. Even if you are eating a balanced, fibre-rich diet for gut health, it's worth adding probiotic supplements into your routine to ensure that intake is high enough. I love the Ethical Nutrients Inner Health On The Go capsules and the Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies.
3. Use a beauty powder
Adding an inner beauty powder into your routine is a simple way to meet your skincare goals while supporting your gut health. Think of it as your inner beauty moisturiser or the ingestible equivalent of your topical skincare, working to give your skin a glow from the inside, out.
I love The Beauty Chef GLOW Inner Beauty Essential Powder, a beautiful berry flavoured supplement that can boost your gut health and give you radiant skin and strong, shiny hair and nails.
4. Get moving
Regular exercise can seriously improve your gut health in more ways than you might think. While regular exercise can help reduce your waistline, it also works on the inside of your body by improving your gut microbiome and supporting your digestive regularity. To really reap the benefits of exercise on your gut health, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity every day.
5. Try diatomaceous earth
If you're a long time reader of this blog, a listener of my podcast or a Nourished Life shopper, you will be well aware of how much I love the Supercharged Foods Love Your Gut Powder. This cleansing fossil shell flour works to remove toxins and impurities from your digestive system, sweeping your gut of bad bacteria and replacing it with good bacteria.
This mineral-rich powder can help maintain healthy energy levels and bodily functions beyond your gut, and can simply be dissolved in food or drink of your choice. If you don't want to work another powdered supplement into your routine, I recommend trying the capsule form for a handy on-the-go option.