September 1st, 2016
Gut Week, Time to learn to love your gut!
So here at Yorlife kefir HQ it’s pretty much Gut Week every week. We are fairly obsessed with all that is gut health but this week gets us extra excited as it’s an opportunity to get everyone else talking about their gut health too!
We thought we would mark the occasion by sharing with you lovely folks a few tips for maintaining gut health as if you really make an effort to look after your gut flora we promise it will start to look after you in return.
- Ok so I am going to start with the obvious- take probiotics. It’s so simple yet so many people do not get enough probiotic rich foods and instead suffer because of a poor balance in their bacteria. So get started by drinking kefir daily, whether it’s on the go or you take your time and make one of our delicious smoothie recipes just make sure you are getting at least one 250ml serving per day. You may also find that taking a probiotic supplement can help too but we would only recommend adding this once you have been consuming kefir daily for a month or two as you may overwhelm your body.
- Don’t forget your prebiotics too. We wrote a post last week on the importance of this often overlooked food group which you can read here. You will find that you see much quicker and more noticeable results by ensuring you include prebiotics alongside probiotics. It can be as simple as starting the day with a banana or adding one to your smoothie as they are packed with prebiotics and will aid absorption and efficacy of your kefir.
- I know this sounds silly, of course you chew your food but are you chewing it enough? Eating or indeed swallowing too quickly is one of the biggest causes of bloating as when you eat quickly you often take in too much air which can make you uncomfortable. When we chew we produce saliva which contain enzymes that actually help us break down and properly digest our food. Taking your time over your meal, that means sitting down, preferably not being distracted by our phones or computers (easier said than done I know) and actually taking note of what and how you are eating can help you avoid bloating and encourage you to feel fuller for longer so you avoid those 4pm naughties!
- Walk it off. Take a gentle walk after lunch or at some point during the day to help encourage your metabolism to keep working throughout the day. While high intensity work outs are great for fat burning and cardiovascular health, gentle movement throughout the day is great for your digestion and peace of mind. So when you can, get away from your desk- leave technology behind and get 10-20 minutes of fresh air and movement!
We hope Gut Week gets you thinking a bit about your own gut health and perhaps even gets you on a journey to improving your inner flora!
Happy Gut Week, Yorlife Team x