It is April 7th, meaning World Health Day has come around again! World Health Day raises awareness about the importance of global health and promotes efforts towards achieving health for everyone. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the World Health Organisation (WHO).1
This year’s theme, “Health for all,” emphasises the need to ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare services regardless of their background or circumstances. While the theme is broad, it’s important to remember that gut health plays a crucial role in overall health and well-being.
Small Steps for Better Gut Health
Here at The Gut Co, we’re committed to sharing knowledge about the importance of gut health and how it can impact your overall health and well-being. Here are some simple steps that you can take to support your gut health on World Health Day:
A healthy diet
A healthy, balanced and diverse diet can go a long way to ensuring you support your gut health! Although no food is inherently good or bad, some foods are a better choice for ensuring your gut health can flourish.
Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fibre-rich fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and probiotic-rich foods like yoghurt, kefir, and fermented vegetables gives you the diversity of essential nutrients, prebiotics and probiotics that your gut needs to thrive.2
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. On average, humans need 6-8 cups of water daily to maintain hydration levels, although this amount is flexible depending on height, weight, age, activity levels and environment.3
If upping your water intake doesn’t fill you with excitement, don’t fret! Plenty of other options exist to increase your fluid intake and hydration levels. 100% fruit juices, non-caffeinated tea, low-fat milk and raw fruit and vegetables are filled with fluid that can help you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Exercising regularly supports gut motility and overall health, so finding an exercise routine that works for you can help to keep your gut health in tip-top shape. It’s important you enjoy the exercise you choose, or the chances of you sticking to it are drastically reduced.
Exercise helps the good bacteria in your gut thrive and multiply, improving overall gut health. 95% of serotonin is made in the gut, so exercising can help to improve serotonin production and limit your risk of developing mental health issues.4
Studies have shown that whilst exercise helps the gut microbiome, after 6 weeks of no exercise, the gut reverts to its original state.5 Finding an exercise routine you can stick to is key to maintaining the gut.
A high-quality gut health supplement that contains probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes to support a healthy gut microbiome can benefit your overall health. At The Gut Co, we created three gut-boosting formulas containing potent ingredients to support your gut, immune system, skin and overall health. Check out our range here!
World Health Day is a reminder that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare services and the opportunity to prioritise their health. By focusing on gut health, we can take steps towards achieving health for all and improving our overall health and well-being.
What are you going to do to improve your health this year? We encourage you to pick one area you think could use some work and aim to brush up on your knowledge of how to get healthier in 2023.
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