A healthy gut contributes to your overall health, from head to toe. In the gut, a host of bacteria and microbes dwell and, despite them sounding unpleasant, these microbes and bacteria can help you provided you’re taking care of your gut.

For starters, practice stress management. It’s a process that few would disagree is easier said than done, but there are ways you can make it easier. Thankfully, these methods are quite common: exercising, sleeping at least seven to eight hours each night, incorporating healthy foods into your diet, and of course, consuming plenty of water.

Speaking of your diet, you may wish to consider eating meals less frequently to avoid overwhelming the gastrointestinal tract. Provided you’re consuming the right nutrients, unprocessed food, getting enough fiber, and remaining hydrated throughout the day, you may find that while it will take some getting used to at first, you won’t feel the need to consume large meals as often as necessary. Plus, with a consultation from a doctor or licensed dietitian, they can help you come up with a diet solution that will provide the nutrients for those in-between moments when you want to munch on something.

Probiotics are very good at increasing the level of “good” gut bacteria. If foods like yogurt aren’t your thing, there are other options like sauerkraut or kefir, for example.

Remember to always consult with a doctor if you plan on making radical changes to your diet. They can provide invaluable in making the right health decisions.

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