Sarah Piper, wife of Co Antrim’s top tips for good gut health and less stress
Our guts are a complicated system that requires constant love and attention to ensure that all areas of our health and well-being are functioning as well as possible.
An unhealthy balance in the microbiome (microorganisms residing in the gastrointestinal tract) can directly lead to a myriad of health issues ranging from skin conditions to diabetes, IBS, poor digestion, constipation, diarrhea, to bloating, sleeping problems, heartburn and allergies, to even more dangerous diseases such as cancers, heart disease and liver disease.
Stress also impairs the ability of our intestines to function properly and actually creates a physical impact on our digestive system, which can potentially lead to a number of short-term or even more serious long-term health issues.
So what can we do? Sarah Piper of Regul8 Health Supplements, said her three-step Digestive Tune Up, a pre and pro-biotic is designed to improve the health of your gut, by cleaning, restoring and maintaining the digestive system and supplying our intestines with all the nutrients they need. need to flourish.
The Crumlin woman said: “Imagine your gut like a garden, the weeds are overgrown – how can you expect beautiful plants and flowers to grow?
“Our guts are like that, and while many well-meaning pro-biotics are simply not able to fight weeds, feed the soil and therefore provide the perfect environment for a beautiful healthy garden grows.
“The Regul8 Digestive Tune Up (www.regul8ireland.com) is a great starting point to help you lead a healthier life.
“But of course there are many other things we can all do to help us along the way.
“First, let’s discuss the link between stress and a healthy gut. It’s huge and one of the most important areas of gut health.
“That’s why, alongside Digestive Tune Up, we have a wonderful supplement called ‘Relax’. This is an herbal stress relief formula, made up of a number of wonderful ingredients designed to restore your adrenal function, reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone), it contains adaptogens to ensure your hormonal pathways are working, ultimately helping you sleep better, calm the mind, reduce fog brain and reduce anxiety.
“Stress has a physical impact on the ability of our guts to function properly, and considering that 70% of our immune system is produced in the gut, it’s vital that we do all we can to reduce our stress level.
Sarah added: “Learning to manage our stress is for me a non-negotiable part of gut health, it’s finding what works for you – delegating work, picking up a hobby, going for a walk in the fresh air, playing playing board games with the family or reading a good book – you can’t be at your best without some time to work on yourself.
“Our intestines produce 90% of the serotonin in our body, it’s the happiness hormone that makes us feel good, so it’s worth considering that depression, anxiety and mood issues may actually come from your gut!”
Sarah’s Top 10 Steps to a Healthy Gut….
* Exercise daily, walk, run, gym, swim, dance, whatever floats your boat – your instincts will thank you physically and mentally.
* Regular sleep habits – try to go to bed and get up at a regular time each day, your body will feel better.
A natural stress relief formula such as Regul8’s Relax will also help promote positive sleep.
* Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, eat slowly and mindfully, and above all enjoy giving your body the nutrients it deserves.
* Staying hydrated is a must for a healthy gut, keep a bottle handy at all times, staying hydrated will have a beneficial effect on the lining of the intestines.
* Invest in a great pro-biotic, Regul8 Digestive Tune Up has a unique delivery system that delivers all the benefits to the gut, exactly where it’s needed for your gut to get the full benefit.
*Keep a food diary, you will be surprised at the quantity and quality of food you eat and it will help you make better choices.
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* Reduce your meat intake (especially red), red meat is known to increase the risk of bowel cancer, heart disease and stroke and it causes the creation of an enzyme in the gut that can cause inflammation. but don’t make it a habit!
*Sugar, can eliminate the good bacteria in our intestines causing an imbalance, it can also cause cravings for more sugar and this downward spiral can seriously damage our intestines.
*Aim to eat whole foods, whether plant or animal based, as our bodies are better equipped to break them down, the less processed foods you eat, the less sugar and saturated fats you will consume.
* Cut back on alcohol as it inhibits the production of digestive enzymes and juices, making it difficult for your body to break down, digest and absorb nutrients from your food.