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Basic Ways to Support the Gut

By Emily Lindholm

The gut has been coined by health enthusiasts as the "second brain."  The complexities of the gut fully explained in the vast detail that they encompass have filled many books.  Here, I'm laying out some key factors that support the overall health of the gut.  Benefits of a healthy gut include more energy, improved memory, better digestion, less inflammation, and an elevated sense of joy! 

Here are some basic ways to support the gut.

Drink More Water

Staying hydrated is the number one step to begin achieving the benefits of a healthy gut.  Begin your day with at least 16 ounces of filtered water right upon waking.  Add a pinch of sea salt. The sea salt will add electrolytes and minerals to your water.  Try squeezing a lemon in there for the added benefits of antioxidants in the morning.  Continue drinking water throughout the day.  Try carrying a large water bottle with you everywhere you go and take drinks every time you think of it.  If you're craving some flavor, play around with adding things to your water, such as mint leaves, cucumber, lemon, and limes.  

Probiotic Foods

Probiotics are a necessity to the gut.  They help keep our microbiome flourishing with good bacteria.  Eat probiotic foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and yogurt.  Kefir is an excellent probiotic drink to have in the morning before breakfast.  Once you've had your 16 ounces of water for the day, have a shot of kefir to follow.  Kefir can be found at the store and comes in many non-dairy varieties, as well.  There are also many probiotic supplements on the market.  Ask your healthcare provider which ones are the best.  

Pre-Biotic Foods

Pre-biotic foods are a bit different than probiotic foods.  Prebiotic foods contain a type of fiber that feeds the healthy bacteria in our guts.  A few of these common probiotic foods include garlic, onions, leeks, bananas, and asparagus.  Along with eating probiotic foods, eat these up so that the good bacteria that live in your gut feel happy and thrive.  

Ginger

Most of us have heard that ginger is good for digestion.  This is because fresh ginger helps us to produce more stomach acid and promotes the process of digestion.  Add freshly grated ginger to your cooked meals, or use it to make a tea.  Just simply pour hot water over it and add some honey or lemon if you prefer.  Try this before eating a meal and see the difference.  

Nourishing the gut can certainly go much further than this, but using these secrets as your base for sustaining a healthy gut may provide some excellent benefits to your health.  You may also try making some bone broth, switching to an anti-inflammatory diet, or try cutting out any foods that make you feel more tired after eating.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Texas

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