Are you a list person?
Like everything you do each day, it’s just easier if you can put it in list format – give it a strong check, and be done with it?
Because if so, same.
I love my lists – they’re easy, quick, and tell me I’m on the right track.
So if you’re looking for a list for your gut health, you are in the right place!
Here are seven simple daily habits you can do each day to improve your gut health!
1. Eat Fresh, Anti Inflammatory Foods
Anti inflammatory is definitely the term you want to be focusing on when it comes to eating healthy for your gut.
It’s not a fad, or just the latest trendy diet. In fact, it’s the complete opposite.
The anti inflammatory diet is one that is reliable, has lasted the test of time, and helps you to eat MORE foods.
These are just simply ingredients that work to heal your gut, instead of hurting it – causing that bloating, inflammation, and/or unwanted digestive discomfort.
Wondering where to start when it comes to eating anti inflammatory?
Be sure to check out below!
2. Hydrate, Hydrate, and Hydrate Again
Drinking water is an essential – an absolute MUST.
This is because water cleanses out our digestive system, eases out toxins and waste, and keeps the healthy balance of gut flora maintained within our gut.
Be sure to keep a water bottle on hand and pay attention to the signs your body is sending (color of your urine).
And drinking water doesn’t have to be a bore, add a splash of your favorite fruit for a healthy, low sugar, refreshing option!
3. Incorporate Easy, Intermittent Fasting
Whenever I used to hear the word fasting, I would immediately resort a strong “No.”
I’m too much of a food lover. Truly.
But what I never realized was how beneficial “fasting” could be, and how it didn’t involve starving myself at all.
In fact, the 8:16 method allows you to eat within an eight hour window, and gives your body 16 hours of rest.
This allows the digestive system to repair itself, and digestive everything in entirety. Think of it like focusing on one task at a time.
16 hours may seem like a hefty amount, but count how many you are asleep for, and the number quickly dwindles.
If you’re interested in learning more about the 8:16 technique, or more fasting techniques, be sure to read about it HERE.
4. Reduce Stress + Be Intentional
So total honesty – I have a hard time with this one because I have such bad anxiety.
But it’s the one I ultimately try to focus on the most since I know it’s where I often struggle the greatest.
Stress is incredibly hard on the digestive system because it moves blood away from the digestive tract.
Over time, this can cause the lining of the gut to become more porous, and result in leaky gut.
But don’t go stressing about your stress.
Simple set intentions about the day and manage what you can.
This could be intentionally meditating for ten minutes a day, closing your eyes and taking deep breathes when you feel overwhelmed, making lists, going to therapy, whatever works for you and your body to find greater peace.
Remember to prioritize you – you are well worth it, and your digestive tract will thank you for it!
5. Exercise Within Reason
On my rough weeks, when my stomach felt as though it had been torn apart, all I wanted to do is lay in bed and do absolutely nothing.
So was that the time to push it through a HIIT workout?
But did I feel remorse for not doing what I felt my body “should be doing”?
Our body works to communicate with us, and if it is overwhelmed, we will feel it. That’s the body truly talking to you – calling for a timeout.
And that’s exactly what we should give it.
But when you do feel up to it, encourage your body to get moving to some capacity – because it helps everything else to push through the body and work efficiently.
My favorite investment has been a treadmill, and I hop on and walk to my favorite TV show.
Yoga and pilates are other amazing exercises to stimulate the body!
6. Incorporate Superfoods
Out of all my experiences when it comes to healing practices to fix my gut, there is one that truly takes the cake – superfoods.
I used to get overwhelmed by what to eat, what not to eat, and listening to my body tell me later “wrong choice” as I sat with my bloated belly.
Then I discovered focusing on anti inflammatory foods – and SUPER FOODS. Which are exactly what they sound like.
They’re like the super heroes of the food industry.
But instead of standing in my kitchen and cutting up Golgi berries, ginger, or ashwagandha – I found super food powders, and they’re game changers.
Plus Your Super comes with a complete recipe blog to give you tons of ideas for how to incorporate them into healthy, tasty eating!
7. Invest in Yourself
When I first started our my gut health journey, I was a broke college kid that didn’t have a dime for ramen – let alone gluten free, gut healthy foods.
And yet, I made it because I prioritized myself and my health.
Take small steps that lead to great things.
Embrace researching all about your gut, and if you want to do it with all the answers in one place, I have already created the 21 Day Gut Health Challenge to assist you!
I never wanted others to struggle to find the answers the way I did.
So I promised myself that if I would ever figure out how to improve my gut health, I would share it with everyone.
If this screams you, be sure to give the gut health challenge a look HERE!
And let me know your thoughts below about what has worked so far for YOU!