The Key to Gastrointestinal Health

Our gastrointestinal system plays a central role in digestion and also, it has far-reaching effects on our immune system. As the saying goes, "you are what you eat," and this couldn't be truer when it comes to gastrointestinal health. A balanced gut microbiome is essential for overall health and wellness. An imbalance gut health can lead to a variety of health problems. Here are some tips to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal system:

Fermented Food:

Incorporate fermented food like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi into your diet. These foods are rich in probiotics, which can help replenish beneficial gut bacteria.

High Fibre Food:

High fibre food such as leeks, banana, mushroom and asparagus are rich in prebiotics. Prebiotics are indigestible fibres that nourish beneficial gut bacteria.

Limit Sugar and Processed Foods:

Excess sugar and processed foods can promote the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut. Reducing your intake of these items is crucial for gut health.

Stay Hydrated:

Drink adequate amount of water to support the mucosal lining of the GI tract and help maintain its protective functions.

Proper Chewing:

Chewing your food thoroughly aids in the digestive process and ensures that the food you ingest is properly broken down for absorption.

Rest Well & Manage Stress

Getting adequate amount of sleep is essential in maintaining gut health. Studies have found that chronic stress and sleep deprivation can negatively impact the gut health.

Regular Exercise:

Physical activity can help stimulate healthy gut motility and promote overall digestive health.

Chevin nutritionist Ke Qi:

Protecting your gut health could be a long journey but gastrointestinal health is a cornerstone of overall well-being. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can have a better idea in improving your gut health and maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal system.

Nutritionist Lau Ke Qi

  • Taylor's University
  • Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition
  • Master degree in Nutrition University Putra Malaysia
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