A HEALTHY gut is important for good health as it controls stomach and digestion (gastrointestinal) function, and is a major part of our immune system and metabolism. An unhealthy lifestyle, chronic stress, excessive use of antibiotics and bad nutrition – such as a diet high in sugar, processed foods and re fined carbohydrates – all contribute to an unhealthy body. Nutritional consultant Vanessa Ascencao of aHmv.vdanutrition.com, said: “The gut is a tube that runs from the mouth and ends at the bottom. It’s there to let in nutrition and keep out harmful substances.” Here are some tips to help you keep your gut healthy:
- Chew food properly.
- Follow a diet that cuts back on junk and highly processed foods. These include refined grains, sugar and processed soy.
- Avoid sweetened foods.
- Watch out for spicy foods because they can irritate the stomach lining and intestines.
- Eat plain, low-fat yoghurt.
- Limit coffee and other caffeinated drinks to the morning only – none in the afternoon. Your belly does a lot more than tell you that you’re hungry it’s also a critically important part of your immune system protecting / the rest of your body