8 simple ways to improve gut health

Gut health is a topic that is all over the place today and with good reason, our digestive systems are in serious need of improvement. With the standard american diet, GMO’s, depleted soil, and over use of antibiotics, our guts don’t stand a chance.

If you are like me, sometimes there is just too much to read on the subject. I am there with you and hate feeling overwhelmed and doomed by all the things you MUST do to heal your gut. However, my plan is to give you a few simple things that can help improve your gut health, without being overwhelming.

Gut health is key to feeling good, here are 8 simple (and affordable) ways to improve your gut health.

 

It’s all about baby steps, you didn’t get to where you are overnight so you must remember that healing takes time. I like to to break things down to simple ways I can improve my health so I see progress. Then, I can work on digging deeper.

It is super difficult to incorporated lots of big changes when you aren’t feeling well. Take some small steps to start improving your gut health so those bigger changes aren’t so overwhelming. 

You also don’t need to break the bank to working on some of these steps. Allow for some healing so then you can figure out what needs more work and where you might invest on the next phase of healing.

8 simple ways to improve gut health

Bone Broth-This is probably one of my favorite ways to help with gut health. Bone broth is easy to make and helps provide minerals and collagen to help soothe your digestive tract.

If you have never made bone broth, it is simple, you can find direction on how to make it from my friend Renee at Raising Generation Nourished.

And you don’t have to just drink it to get the benefits. It is really easy to add to recipes. In fact here are over 50 soup recipe to try or if you are tired of soup, here are over 40 recipes using broth that aren’t soup.

If you need more ideas, here is my pinterest board devoted just to bone broth.

Fermented Foods-Fermented foods are fun to add to your diet because there are so many ways to do it. Fermented foods are also pretty economical.

We love beet kvass and kombucha, both are super easy to make and are very affordable.

You can pretty much culture any veggie or fruit, you can find some great ideas on this pinterest board.

If you don’t have time to make them, you can know easily find kefir and yogurt at most major grocery stores.

Probioitcs-Probiotics are a great way to up the good bacteria in your gut. This is a great option for those of us that are busy and supplements just work better than food items.

You can find a wide variety on the market but my suggestions is to rotate them and try different kinds to see what helps you feel better. Plus, it’s just good to vary up the bacteria you are feeding your system.

Drink enough water-Yes, I know, I say it so often but drink your water! By drinking enough water you are helping your body stay hydrated so your organs function properly.

Water also allows the body to flush things and help keep it clean.

8 simple ways to improve gut health

Stay away from processed foods-This can be a tough one when you are first coming off of the standard american diet but it is so helpful to your gut.

Take it step by step, don’t toss it all out at once. My friend Donielle has a great book for helping ditch the sugar.

Digestive aids-Is your digestion sluggish? Or do you have tummy troubles? You can reach for my natural help to get the digestive juices flowing.

Herbal bitters, HCL, or digestive enzymes can be super helpful when your body is just not digesting food. Read a bit and decide which might help you the most. Both my friend Gwen and Lydia have great articles linked above to help jump start your research.

Avoid irritants-I do this to myself and it isn’t worth it. If you know a food bothers your stomach, stay away from it! I know it is hard, truly, I do.

Time away from it will help. I gave up dairy for quite awhile and am adding it back with no issues now. It is tough but so worth it.

Stay Regular-Yup, not a fun subject but you need to keep those bowels moving. Lots of water and fiber are a great start. You can also find herbs and supplements to help get things moving if needed.

Your entire system will work much more effectively if you keep things moving.

8 simple ways to improve gut health

I know I just touch on each item, but I really want you to see that there are simple steps you can take to help improve your gut health. You know I like simple!

I have often been overwhelmed with research and wanting to feel better. I want to be able to share that this is doable and you don’t have to do it all at once.

If you are looking or more information on wellness, I pin all sorts of articles on this board.  It’s why I love Pinterest…it is a place for me to put things I want to read or reference when my brain is just too tired to do it in the moment.

I’d love to hear from you, what are some changes you have made in your routine that have helped improve your gut health? 


*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Comments

  1. says

    GREAT post Jessica. Gut health seems so daunting to even think about, and this is a great resource to filter people to when they are getting started! (I STILL have the bottle of bitters sitting in my cupboard – I always forget it!).

  2. says

    I still REALLY need to try bone broth! I have tried everything else under the sun and the only things that work for me = digestive enzymes & probiotics as well as a very low/no fiber diet!

  3. says

    Great tips…I need to try to make bone broth. I have been thinking about doing it for awhile and didn’t realize that this was a benefit!

  4. says

    Thanks for the great tips. I try to follow most of them, especially drinking water. It’s amazing how good it is for your overall health.

  5. says

    All great tips, I also try to avoid the elevator by taking the stairs, buying juice that is 100% not from concentrate, cooking with avocado oil, daily flossing, oil pulling and more. It’s all about having good habits and doing the above on a daily basis!

  6. says

    These are all great and important health tips! I carry my 32 oz water bottle everywhere and usually have to fill it twice a day, especially after a workout. After going on a detox diet have continued a moderate diet with no more soda, limited sugar, no dairy, and limiting my white flour intake. I not only feel better but I look better. Amazing what a few changes can do for your health.

  7. Tamara says

    i was a mess. On the toilet 15 times a day. Low blood count, fatigue, pain, heart palapatations. Couldn’t eat anything. Changed diet, ate smaller, blander foods. Also started it works greens and took those starting in April and drank them daily for 9 months. I’m good now. Can eat anything I want (but I still take care of my body!). I do attribute it largely to the greens formula. Not selling it, just letting people know my first hand experience.

  8. says

    I’m picking up chicken feet this week and I’ve got a bag of chicken bones ready (I think — I may need a bit more) before I can make some bone broth. I’m not too into fermented foods – don’t like bitter or sour foods but I do the kombucha so it’s one step at a time and, I think that I will be open to trying more fermented foods over time. Nice collection. Be well! =)

  9. says

    This is a fantastic, very well researched and written post, Jessica. Thank you for sharing all of this! I learned a few new things, too…I didn’t know about herbal bitters! I’m pinning to do some more research.

    Thank you for sharing these ways to hep keep the gut healthy. It’s so important!

  10. says

    This is such a great resource Jessica! I love simple and digestible (hehe 😉 ) information, so you can actually DO something and not feel overwhelmed or daunted by the process. I’ve actually never tried herbal bitters, thanks for that tip, I’m going to have to try that now!

  11. Steve Maricle says

    Thank you so much for the tips! Also, I’ve been doing a diet that’s not a diet called Beyond Diet… I’ve lost 52 pounds since our anniversary June 28th. My brother across the country told me about it and he started it last
    March. He wants to get to 180 by this coming March. He started at 305. So I was convinced when he continued,
    recently going below 200. And now he has passed me… I started at 243.5 and I was in deep trouble and didn’t know it. Now my system is regular, after every meal, and I can run upstairs three times without breathing hard. I couldn’t even walk them very well anymore before that. The diet which is Beyond Diet (google) teaches you
    to metabolize food balancing protein, carbs, and fat. By the way, my brother informed me that between he and his wife they have now lost over 200 pounds together… I’ve learned a lot and love learning more about food so thank you so much for your tips!!! God’s best- -steve

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