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Bad Habits for Your Gut

By Sara Butler

Are you concerned about your immune system? Well, if you are, then it's also about time you were concerned about the health of your gut. The trillions of bacteria that call your gut home, also known as your microbiome, helps to regulate your metabolism, get rid of waste, digest your food, and fight off viruses and infection. It's vital to keep your gut healthy, but there are a few daily habits that may be making that harder than you think. Here are some habits you may need to reexamine for the health of your gut.

You're Stressed Out

There is a lot of evidence that suggests that emotional stress can impact the health of your gut. If you live life in the fast lane and feel stressed a lot, then you need to take some steps to reduce stress in your everyday life.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Mitigate the stress - Look into relaxation exercises such as breathing techniques, meditation, or yoga
  • Talk to the chiropractor - Your chiropractor may have some suggestions to help you reduce your body's response to stress in your daily life, so ask
  • Seek therapy - If you're struggling to control stress in your life, then it might be time to reach out to a therapist who can help

Watch What You Eat

Refined sugar is the enemy of the bacteria in your gut. It's been found that the average American eats about 130 pounds of sugar per year. If you're one of them, then it's vital to try to cut as much refined sugar out of your diet as possible. This can help the good bacteria in your gut to flourish and have a positive impact on your overall health too.

Drink More Water

It's essential to ensure that you're drinking enough water each day. Dehydration can be tough on your gut health since it makes it more difficult for waste products to be flushed from your system. If you can stay well hydrated, then you can encourage the growth of good bacteria in your gut as you help the intestinal lining to be healthier.

Need some tips to get more water each day? You should try:

  • Set reminders - Set a reminder on your phone or laptop to drink a glass of water every hour or so. It helps to keep it on your mind all day so you don't become dehydrated.
  • Find a good water bottle - A good water bottle that you enjoy drinking from can make all the difference plus having water easily accessible all day is a good way to up your intake
  • Bring your friends and family into it - Challenge your friends and family to stay hydrated with you and keep track of your daily intake to compare and possibly win a bet

Questions? The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fontana, Calif.

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