These days, more and more of us are experiencing problems with our guts. Whether that involves bloating, constipation or other stomach problems, it can be extremely unpleasant and impact hugely on our everyday lives. While you’re trying to figure out what exactly the problem is, here are a few tips to help you feel better – and have better gut health – as quickly as possible.
Make A Food Diary
First of all, it’s time to start tracking the food that you put into your body. Unfortunately, that tends to entail eating pretty much everything, even if you think your gut might be irritated by it, because it’s important for you to figure out what exactly is causing your feelings of discomfort. There are a few main causes of your gut health going wrong and foods that might be irritating you, and the main culprits tend to be gluten, sugar, dairy and alcohol. If you’ve already cut them all out of your diet, you could try slowly introducing them one by one into your diet again – keep a note of the effect that they have on your body so that you can work out which ones you may be having a reaction to.
Go For Home Made Foods
It’s always a good idea to make your own food from fresh ingredients instead of relying on ready-made food and meals from stores – not only does it mean that you’ll learn some valuable cooking skills that will always be useful and that you’ll know what exactly is in your food, but you’ll also end up saving some money, because pre-packaged food can be a lot more expensive than the raw ingredients. If you make your own food, you can be absolutely certain about what ingredients are in it, which means that they won’t be contaminated by anything like gluten or dairy if you can’t eat them.
Take A Probiotic
The role of a probiotic is to add beneficial bacteria into your gut and re-balance the good bacteria with the bad. You can eat probiotic yogurts or drinks, and you could also try out fermented foods like kim chi which will also help. If you’re concerned about what exactly a probiotic is, make sure you’ve done your research so that you don’t worry, but in short, probiotics are live yeasts and bacterias that have health benefits. If you’re taking antibiotics for another infection it’s even more important than usual to consume probiotics as antibiotics might start to strip even the good bacteria from the gut and it’s important for you to replace it.
Keep Talking To Your Doctor
Finally, don’t try to figure everything out yourself. You’re not a medical expert, so you won’t know everything about gut health – and even if you are a doctor, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion and some more advice. Working with a healthcare professional to try to figure out what’s up and how you can get healthier is the best way to make sure that you feel as good as you possibly can.