Anyone who’s experienced bloating, IBS or constipation probably knows a thing or two about the importance of gut health.
But having a happy and healthy gut benefits more than just your bowel movements. In fact, gut health has a direct impact on digestion, mood, immunity, energy, even the way we think.
“A balanced gut can positively influence your metabolism, support mental well-being, and even impact chronic disease risk,” says Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Activia’s Consultant, Teri Lichtenstein.
Teri says your gut is the organ your other organs depend on for life-supporting nutrition, making it pretty (read: extremely) important. So giving it some TLC is a worthy investment when it comes to your overall health.
Here are 5 ways you can help maximise your gut health with simple changes to your everyday life.
1. Fill up on prebiotic fibre-rich plant foods
Prebiotic fibres are non-digestible carbohydrates (meaning your body can’t break them down) that serve as food for the beneficial bacteria in your gut.
“They help nourish and support the growth of these good bacteria, enhancing the health and diversity of your gut microbiome,” says Teri.
Variety is the spice of life, and one of the easiest ways to nourish your gut is by incorporating a wide range of plant foods into your everyday meals.
“Researchers found people who ate more than 30 different plant foods every week had a more diverse gut microbiome compared with those who ate 10 or fewer plant foods.”
2. Choose probiotic yoghurts
Most yoghurts taste pretty good, but they’re not all created equal. If you’re going to dig into yoghurt as a snack, opt for a probiotic one like Activia, which is scientifically proven to keep your gut healthy. Activia helps improve digestive comfort when you consume 250g daily for more than 4 weeks, as part of the healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.