Updated: Dec 30, 2022
If you are reading this, then perhaps you are seeking answers.
You want to know why your energy levels are so low, you're always feeling sick, or you can't seem to lose weight. Others may say there's nothing wrong with you or it's just "in your head." However, it may be possible that the symptoms you're experiencing all stem from an unhealthy gut.
As a health and nutrition coach, I know that most people don't realize the importance of a healthy gut. It is very important for everyone to find out how their gut health affects every aspect of their life and some potential actions you can take to feel better.
So if you want some answers, keep reading to know why a better gut leads to better health.
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Better Gut Better Health: Why should you take care of your gut?
What does the gut do, and why is it important?
Your gut is important, but what exactly is it, and what does it do?
The gut or gastrointestinal tract is a tube that runs from your mouth to your anus . The gut also contains your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. It begins with the first bite of food and ends with either absorption of nutrients or elimination of undigested matter. The gut breaks down your food into nutrients your body can use.
The gut houses trillions of bacteria. These bacteria are called the gut microbiome and play an important role in your overall health .
The gut is also called your "second brain" because it is home to a network of nerves communicating with your brain constantly. This network of nerves helps you feel full after eating, helps you digest food, and aids in the absorption of nutrients from food. The gut also helps your immune system fight off infections by alerting your body when foreign bacteria enter from outside sources like food or water.
What causes gut health problems?
When you have poor gut health, it can cause various problems. Common symptoms include bloating, diarrhea or constipation, migraines, lack of sleep — even changes in your mood! 
While there may be many different causes for these conditions — including lifestyle choices, stress levels, and medications. One thing remains true: your diet plays a vital role in maintaining good health throughout all parts of your body (including your gut health).
The bacteria in your gut are responsible for breaking down food into nutrients your body can use. If the harmony of good and bad bacteria is disrupted, it can lead to health problems.
Signs of Unhealthy Gut
Extreme food cravings (ex. excessive sugar intake)
Unintentional weight changes
How can you improve your gut health?
Eat a healthy diet
Consumption of a balanced and healthy diet is one of the best things you can do to improve your gut health. Eat nutrient-rich foods, especially fiber, as it helps keep the gut healthy by preventing constipation and diarrhea and improving digestion.
Best Foods for Gut Health 
Prebiotic foods and Probiotic foods
High fiber foods
Leafy Green Veggies
Get enough sleep
Poor sleep quality has been associated to several gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Getting enough sleep at night will help ensure that your body has enough energy to heal when you are sick or need repair.
Exercise regularly — but not too much
Stress can have an adverse effect on gut health if left unchecked over time. Regular exercise can reduce stress levels and help you to get better sleep. Having an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to improve overall health and well-being.
However, excessive exercise can also cause damage if done incorrectly. So be sure to listen to what your body tells you also, speak to your doctor if you are brand new to exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise for adults, including two muscle strength ingredients activities .
Benefits Of A Healthy Gut
A healthy gut means a healthy body. If you're not taking care of it, you're not taking care of your body, and you only get one.
Here are some benefits of a healthy gut:
Lowers risk of obesity
Better mood and mental health
Fewer food sensitivities
Reduced risk of gastrointestinal issues
What to do next?
I hope this article has helped you learn more about the importance of gut health and a few ways to improve it. If you’re interested in learning more about improving your health, book a complimentary clarity call with me today, and let's chat. I’d love to help.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What foods should be avoided for gut health?
According to Harvard Health, the worst foods for gut health are the following:
Processed foods & processed meats
Foods With Antibiotics
Food with chemical additives
About the Author
Co-Author: Irish Doton
Alexa Hanshaw is a health and stress management coach who helps women be the CEO of their stress. She empowers her clients to push past the confusion of the health and wellness industry to create lifestyle habits that bring them energy and work with their bodies instead of against it.
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