Gut feelings  - You should listen to them

Want to spend fewer days sick? Lose weight? Have more energy? Be more productive? Then the first thing you need to do is make sure you are looking after your gut health, which can affect everything from your mood to your performance. 

The gut is now referred to as the second brain 

Here are some things you can to do improve your gut health: 

Take probiotics: Probiotics restore life to your intestinal tract. They play an essential role in immune modulation, control unfriendly bacteria in the gut, nutrient absorption-metabolism and hormonal regulation. 

Eat resistant starch: There are certain bacteria in your gut that can only feed off resistant starches. If you are eating a low carbohydrate diet, it is important to still include resistant starch, such as sweet potato or small amounts of brown rice. 

Avoid foods you don’t tolerate well: If something gives you gut symptoms such as bloating, distention, abdominal discomfort, gas or GI pain it’s time to eliminate it from your diet. The most common things that people are intolerant to include gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, prawns, shellfish and whey protein. 

Take fish oil: The omega 3 it contains decreases inflammation and helps improve gut integrity. 

Manage your stress: Stress will make any food intolerance or allergy you may have worse, so reduce your stress levels to decrease your cortisol and inflammation. 

Performing and feeling your best comes hand in hand with maintaining good gut health. More and more research is highlighting the link between gut health and mood disorders. Even with your best intentions, if you are not feeling well your performance and energy will suffer. Make 2018 your most productive year yet by looking after your gut, staying healthy and improving your overall wellbeing.