5 Ways to Boost Your Gut Health

Hello lovely ladies! 🌟

If you're starting to think more about your overall well-being, you're not alone. As we go through various life changes—whether it’s the journey of motherhood, the rollercoaster of perimenopause, or simply navigating the fabulous fifties and beyond— things change. One area that deserves special attention is gut health. A happy gut is key to overall wellness, and we've got tips to keep yours in shape.

Let's go...

1. Incorporate More Fibre into Your Diet

Fibre is your gut's best friend. It helps keep things moving smoothly and supports the growth of good bacteria in your digestive system. Think of it as a workout for your intestines!

Try this: Our favourite fibre packed vegetables are broccoli, avocado, pears and beetroot. Add more portions in to your diet to improve your gut health.

2. Stay Hydrated

Water is essential for our body to function, and the gut is no exception. Staying hydrated helps maintain the mucosal lining of your intestines and keeps things moving through your digestive tract smoothly.

Try this: Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. If plain water isn't your thing, herbal teas and infused water with slices of cucumber, lemon, or mint can be incredible alternatives, and really refreshing in summer. Staying hydrated can give your skin that lovely glow, too!

We REALLY like Mother Cuppa Tea's herbal blended teas. We use the Hydrate tea in the office all the time.

https://mothercuppatea.com/products/hydrate

3. Enjoy Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, which are good bacteria that can help keep your gut flora as it should. A healthy gut microbiome can improve digestion, boost immunity, and help enhance your mood. Mood swings helloooo... We would love a little help there!

Try this: We are LOVING Kefir at the moment. Not only does this pot of yoghurt help your gut, but it also has 30g of protein. Deb is vegetarian, so this is a massive win for her.

Sauerkraut, kimchi, and miso are also good ones to add into your diet. These tasty options can easily be added to your meals—think a dollop of yogurt in your morning smoothie or a spoonful of sauerkraut on your salad. Your gut will thank you!

Claire is a HUGE fan of Kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea which gives similar health benefits as a probiotic supplement. There are many Kombuchas, mainly in supermarkets that are not produced in the most health efficient way, but here are some of our tried and tested favourites.

Left Field Kombucha

Go Kombucha

4. Reduce Stress

Stress can wreak havoc on your digestive system, leading to issues like bloating, discomfort, and even changes in your gut microbiota. Finding ways to manage and reduce stress is crucial for gut health. Look how we just made that sound so easy! 

Try this: Regular exercise, mindfulness practices like yoga or meditation, and taking time for hobbies you love can significantly reduce stress levels. Here at Amazing Jane, we really believe in the power of moving more to boost both physical and mental well-being. So, why not slip into your favourite pair of our high-waisted leggings and head out for a brisk walk or a gentle yoga session? It’s a fantastic way to unwind and give your gut some TLC.

Maybe this is where you try something new. Let us know if you do!

5. Get Enough Sleep

We cannot stress (see what we did there) enough, the benefits of good sleep. It's like the holy grail of functioning well. Your body gets to repair, your cells get a good clean out and everything resets. Poor sleep can lead to an imbalance in gut bacteria and disrupt your digestive health.

Try this: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Try and get in to a relaxing bedtime routine, avoid screens at least an hour before bed, and make your sleeping environment as comfortable as possible. Cosy pjs and a calming atmosphere can do wonders. 

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