7 Ways To Manage Gut Health During Winter
Yes, winter has arrived! The season brings cooler and more pleasant weather and also a host of health problems. Not only are breathing problems, sore joints, and muscle or skin infections, but even stomach problems are rampant during winters. For the uninitiated, gut health is about the balance of microorganisms that reside in the digestive tract. Thus, ensuring the right balance of these microorganisms and supporting gut health will help improve overall well-being. Did you know? Bacteria, yeasts, and viruses in the gut can be called the gut flora or the gut microbiome. It is therefore essential to take the utmost care of the gut, especially on cold days when the digestive system takes a hit.Also Read – Health Tips For Pregnant Women: Try These Safe Upper Body Exercises During Pregnancy, Here’s How | look
It is a known fact that gut health can be compromised during these cold months. Poor digestion can lead to many health problems. Yes, you heard right ! One may experience belching, gas, abdominal pain and bloating. In addition, there will be discomfort which can cause nausea, vomiting, and discomfort. So, it all depends on gut health. Not taking care of the bowel will lead to serious problems in the near future. Thus, one will encounter problems like ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or even gallbladder disease. It will be essential for everyone to take care of their diet during the winter season to facilitate digestion. Here we offer some foolproof tips for staying healthy during the winter and managing gut health with ease. Also Read – Health Benefits of Lemon Water: Here’s Why You Should Drink Lemon Water During Winters | Watch the video
- Eat well: It is essential to stick to a well balanced diet during the winter. It is the need of the hour to include all the essential nutrients in the diet. Favor sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, beets rich in vitamin C and strengthen the immune system during the colder days. It will also be a good idea to eat green leafy vegetables. Try to include kale, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, fenugreek, and spinach in your diet. These items can also be part of your curries and soups. In addition, these elements can also be included in the stuffing mixture in the parathas. Green vegetables are packed with fiber and can regulate bowel movements and aid digestion. This will help you feel fuller and avoid junk food. So stick to these foods and improve your overall well-being.
- Herbs and spices: May improve digestion and the immune system. Try adding these things to tea and hot drinks like soups, drinks, and vegetables. Adding cardamom, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to soups can also do the trick. But remember not to overdo it as it can be problematic.
- Adding probiotics to the diet: Including them in the diet can maintain the balance of good gut bacteria. Even adding fermented foods will also help.
- Avoid processed junk food and fatty foods: You will need to reduce the amount of sugar, processed foods, and alcohol if you want to keep your digestive health in check. These things can upset the balance of good bacteria in the gut, lead to stomach issues, and rob your peace of mind.
- Stay well hydrated: Fluid intake tends to decrease when there is a sudden drop in temperature. Drinking enough water will help you flush all toxins from the body and negatively impact the immune system.
- Have a good night: Not getting enough sleep can make you lazy and exhausted.
- Reduce stress: Stress can have harmful consequences on the digestive system. So, try to relax by doing yoga, meditation, or other exercises like walking. You can also do whatever you like to reduce stress. Try activities like listening to music, cooking, taking pictures, or even dancing.
(Written by Dr Roy Patankar, Gastroenterologist and Director of Zen Multispecialty Hospital, Chembur, Mumbai) Also Read – 5 Foods That Help Manage Anxiety, Suggests Nutritionist