Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Importance of Intestinal Health

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We all know that it’s important to be healthy. What many people don’ t realize, however, is that whether you’re healthy or not involves a lot of different components. And, one of the most important of those components is what’s going on with your “gut,” meaning your digestive tract and all the things that make it up. If your gut isn’t functioning properly, then it is almost impossible to be truly healthy, and being “gut healthy’ and, thus, truly healthy is important for all people, but especially for young hockey athletes who push their bodies to the max.   

Something else that may surprise you about your gut is the fact that it and your digestive tract contain countless microbes that can impact how you digest food and even the strength of your immune system. The strength and healthiness of the microbes in your gut will depend on a lot of things like your diet, whether you take medications and what they are, and your level of stress. Generally, the more stress you have, the worse off your digestive system will be and the more likely it is that your system will “act up” and negatively impact your health. Likewise, an unhealthy diet often contributes to problems with your microbes.

Fortunately, there are a lot of things that you can do to improve your gut health and your overall health all at once. One thing that is recommended is to start adding more fermented foods to your diet. Doing so can improve your gut health, strengthen your immune system, and stop inflammation in its tracks. While there are all kinds of fermented foods that you can try, some of the best options are:

·         Sauerkraut
·         Pickles
·         Kimchi
·         Yogurt
·         Tempeh
·         Miso
·         Kombucha
·         Soy sauce
Another thing that you can do is to start taking a probiotic supplement, especially if you find it difficult to eat fermented foods.

If you can follow these tips and strive to live a healthy lifestyle overall, then you should enjoy good gut health and good general health as well.

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