8 ways to improve your gut health

Nov 16, 2022 | Clean Ingredients

Hey Mighty Friend,

Keeping our gut healthy and balanced is something we should all be thinking about, especially considering how much our gut impacts our brain. Click here to read the Harvard study about the gut-brain connection.

This is huge! 

Improving gut health provides the following benefits:

  • Reduced bloating
  • Boosted energy
  • Clearer skin
  • Elevated mood
  • Strong immune system
  • Regulated bowel
  • Absorption of nutrients
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Better sleep

This is why we want to share a few simple tips you can use in your daily routine to improve your gut health.

With a little bit of training and forming new habits, you can start feeling results almost instantly.

There is no secret ingredient!

You don’t need hundreds of dollars for expensive medicine or doctor appointments.

If you follow the 8 simple steps listed below, you’ll be surprised how much of a difference they can make in transforming your life.

THERE IS NO SECRET INGREDIENT!

With discipline and forming new habits, you can start feeling results almost instantly.

1. Eat more vegetables

A diet rich in vegetables and fruits does so much good for us (i.e. reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer). Therefore, it’s no surprise that eating more vegetables will ease digestive problems.

Leafy greens are excellent sources of fiber beneficial to the digestive tract, and they also contain a specific type of sugar that helps fuel the growth of healthy gut bacteria.

2. Avoid artificial sweeteners

Eating artificial sweeteners leads to an imbalance of gut microbes. This ends up adversely influencing our brain, body, and behavior.

It’s also linked with numerous metabolic and heart diseases.

Protein powders are notorious for containing artificial sweeteners. Check your labels for some of these common ones to avoid: sucralose, aspartame, neotame, and acesulfame.

 

3. Eating high fiber foods:

A diet high in fiber keeps the digestive tract flowing smoothly—like a scrub! It also helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

A good way to start is by incorporating more fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds into your diet.

4. Exercise daily

Regular exercise improves heart and gut health by expanding microbial diversity.

It can also decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

5. Sleep well

This recently published study suggests that building gut microbiome diversity improves sleep quality. On the other hand, poor sleep negatively impacts hormones that promote good bacteria in the intestines. Therefore, if you improve your sleep, you will improve your gut and vice versa.

Try to keep your room cool and dark, and turn off devices that generate radiation and stimulus such as TV and cell phones a few hours before bedtime.

If you’re struggling to sleep, think about what mental blockers might be keeping you awake at night—meditation is often a great solution to ease your mind.

6. Drink at least 1/2 gallon of water per day

Drinking water is linked to diversity of gut bacteria—and water sources matter. The best water for gut health is uncontaminated well water.

Unfortunately, most people do not have access to well water, and a growing number of wells are now contaminated with PFAs and other toxins.

One great solution is to make ginger tea, kombucha, or a Mighty Cricket Protein shake out of purified water.

7. Choose organic and whole foods

Whole grains, fruits, veggies, and legumes pack the necessary micronutrients for the digestive system.

However, modern farming often involves using pesticides that leave detectable traces in our food. This negatively affects our gut microbiome.

Choose organic foods whenever possible, find a local pesticide-free farmer, or start your own organic garden.

8. Lower your stress levels:

Chronic stress causes everything in your body to break. It’s vital for your health to maintain low levels of stress.

Stress impacts digestion by influencing the ability to absorb available nutrients and impairs the intestinal barrier.

Sometimes reducing stress requires a major lifestyle change such as finding a new job. However, you can start with small changes like taking more breaks at work, meditating, and practicing yoga.

See?

These are very simple techniques you can start doing today to improve your gut health (and transform your life).

Try out these tips over the next 30 days, and you’ll be on your way to a whole new gut.

Tag us on IG @mightycricketprotein and let us know how you’re doing!

 

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