What’s your gut feeling?

One of the most significant aspects of health and wellness is to understand the link between gut health and infectious disease.

During the pandemic time gut study suggests that the gut microbiome of people with and without Covid-19 were significantly different.

What is gut health?

 Gut health, according to S S Shastry, Clinical Dietitian and Nutritionist, Apollo Spectra Hospital, refers to the equilibrium of bacteria in the digestive tract. Maintaining the proper balance of these bacteria is essential for living a healthy life and maintaining physical and emotional well-being. Furthermore, superior gut health can ensure stronger immunity. So, you are as strong as your gut.

What’s your gut feeling?

Here are a few ways to work on strengthening our gut health if one has been hit by covid-19, severe infections or if someone is constantly suffering from Acidity, Bloating and Constipation.

Probiotic and prebiotic foods

While making up for real food with food supplements is the new mantra amongst fitness enthusiasts, it is not as difficult to go for the real while ensuring good health. Fermented foods are a great source of probiotics (Fermented dairy product or vegan, yogurt dairy-free)

Prebiotic foods such as curd rice garlic, bananas, onions, and whole grains are necessary to introduce good bacteria in our system.

Self-medication

While antibiotics are effective in fighting viruses and illnesses in the body, buying drugs over the counter, particularly antibiotics, might cause more harm than benefit. Antibiotics drive toxins out of the body while also flushing out the healthy bacteria. Self-medication on a regular basis can deplete the stomach of numerous beneficial microorganisms that are necessary for a healthy body and mind.

Avoid artificial sugars

Consuming processed foods on a regular basis leads to “dysbiosis,” or an imbalance of intestinal flora. Dysbiosis can also cause acidity, frequent bloating after meals, and sugar cravings (which are more common in women), all of which are signs of nutritional deficiency. As a result, combining vegetable-based sauces with lunch, or eating 1 tsp (teaspoon) of home-made butter oil (ghee) with tortilla, or a tsp of ghee and jaggery after lunch does wonders in terms of preventing deficiencies, sugar surges, and acidity/bloating.

A healthy lifestyle and enough sleep

Most individuals would agree that getting enough sleep fixes the majority of our problems. We rarely get enough rest because of our hectic lifestyles, particularly when we are in need. As a result, setting a bedtime and maintaining a healthy diet are crucial. Bring your bedtime as close to 11 p.m. as possible if you want to improve your immune system/gut health, lose weight, and have healthy skin. Furthermore, according to American norms, “sitting is the new smoking.” As a result, 20 minutes of exercise five days a week (whatever exercise you’re comfortable doing) can produce good benefits.

Yoga Exercise

The ability to re-energize or refresh oneself is found in proper body movement. Yoga positions like ‘Balasana’ (‘Child’s Pose’) can assist relieve physical stress and soothe the mind. It is performed by sitting on your heels and bending your lower hips while extending your arms straight ahead. Another is ‘Trikonasana,’ or ‘Triangle Pose,’ which is good for the abdomen area and helps to stimulate the appetite and improve the digestive system. Standing with both legs wide apart, move the body to the left or right side, and bend on the same end with the other hand above in the air, this is how it’s done.

‘Sukhasana,’ or the cross-legged position, is the simplest of all. At least one meal should be eaten on the floor, cross-legged. The cross-legged position aids in proper meal digestion, absorption, and assimilation. Also, if you’re always anxious about how much you eat, sitting cross-legged will help your stomach understand portion control.