I don’t know about you, but when I was 15 the LAST thing I was worried about was my gut health.
In fact, I didn’t even know what gut health really was. Maybe I had heard of the term a few times at the doctor’s office or on TV. But I never took a deep dive into what it meant.
Little did I know that my gut is the hub for my entire well-being.
That means if my gut isn’t healthy, then I’m not healthy.
This is what I would tell my 15 year old self about gut health and what I can do now to maintain it.
Your gut helps convert the food you consume into the necessary nutrients. It helps food become stored energy and also works the waste out of your body.
Your gut health is directly linked to other aspects such as emotional stress and chronic illnesses. (cancer and diabetes.) It fights bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
The gut just helps our bodies maintain overall well-being. Without good gut health, you could experience many different health issues. For things to run smoothly, your body needs to be able to digest the food you consume properly. Good gut health makes this happen.
What I would tell my 15 year old self is …
If you want to maintain a healthy balance in your gut — make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. Make sure that you’re feeding yourself foods that aid your gut, not hurt your gut.
I would tell her how important it is to maintain gut health. Follow a well-balanced diet (full of healthy fats, nutrients, and vitamins). Exercise regularly — as much as possible. Try to maintain that routine as you get older.
I would tell her how important it truly is to get a good night’s sleep every night. Not only for your general productivity each and every day — but also, because it helps your gut out.
I would tell her to limit the sugary, processed foods as much as possible — and that some candy or ice cream won’t hurt. I would remind her that it’s just important to not make sugary foods the main aspect of her diet.
I would also tell her to add probiotics to her diet when possible. They help promote good bacteria in the gut — allowing everything to run more efficiently and smoothly.
I wish I had someone to tell me all of this when I was younger. By knowing your body, you can only help your health.
No matter your age, it’s important to pay attention to your body and try your very best to maintain good gut health. By following all of the things I would’ve told my 15 year old self, we can, too.
It’s never too late to start healing your gut.
It’s also never too late or too early to start teaching your kids about the importance of maintaining a healthy gut.
The more you know, the healthier you and your gut can be.
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