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How Your Gut Health Affects Your Happiness?

A healthy gut is a crucial part of maintaining your overall wellness.

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| Contributor Content| UPDATED: December 15, 2017, 10:02 AM IST
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It has been scientifically proven that your gut health boosts your immune system, keeps up energy levels, maintains healthy weight besides keeping your mental wellbeing in a happy state of mind. The microbiome in a healthy gut controls our stress levels. The feel good and happiness hormones dopamine and serotonin are produced in the gut. Therefore it is all the more important to understand how to maintain a healthy gut microbiome that nurtures happiness hormones and controls stress levels.

Experts suggest considering the following two points to maintain a healthy gut:

Number 1 - Diversify your Food Portfolio

Include fiber-rich foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, apples, etc on a consistent basis in your diet. According to experts, you must diversify your choice of healthy foods as the microbiome is diverse and different foods serve the gut in different ways.

Number 2 - Exercise to Control Leaky Gut

Exercising for 30 minutes can help immensely in controlling a leaky gut. Physical workout of moderate intensity if done an hour before consuming your largest meal of the day can help you reduce the effect of leaky gut syndrome triggered by that meal.

Foods that Nurture a Healthy Gut

1. Foods with Probiotics

Foods with probiotics like curd and yogurt, and fermented foods like kimchi and pickles create a healthy environment for the microbiome in your gut. These foods should be eaten on a daily basis.

2. Fiber Rich Foods or Prebiotics

Fiber-rich foods contain prebiotics that helps the gut bacteria to feed itself. A balance should be maintained insoluble fiber and insoluble fiber-containing foods for an easy bowel movement.

3. Bone Broth

Bone broth is full of natural ingredients that seal a leaky gut. The collagen, gelatin, glycine, proline, glutamine, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and minerals content of bone broth help in better absorption of nutrients and good digestion.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle for a Healthy Gut

Though food plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy gut, however factors like stress, sleep time and regular exercise are also important for your gut health that is hugely responsible for your happiness hormones.
First Published: December 15, 2017, 10:02 AM IST
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