Healing the Gut for Healing the Body

An unhealthy gut may cause mental illnesses, weight lose or gain and skin issues. To deal with unhealthy gut related issues, opt for a healthy routine and healthy foods consisting of fiber, probiotic and prebiotics features. These features of food will help you heal your gut.

From intaking the food through our mouth to leaving the undigested food as feces through rectam, a process being involved between them and in this process many bacteria help our gut. Trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi live inside of us and maintaining them to balance is useful for us. Inside our body there are 10 trillions human cells which make our system and 100 trillions microbial cells are inside our gut itself, these microbial cells population is known as Gut microbiota. Gut microbiota is responsible for controlling weight, mental health status, immune system and changes of autoimmune disorder. The microbiota may have a role in inflammatory disorders that contribute to the global epidemics of obesity, depression, and mental health issues. These changes in modern culture include diets higher in sugar, salt, and saturated fat, bad behaviors and unhealthy lifestyles.

In this article we will talk about the symptoms of an unhealthy gut and prevention for it.

In our daily life people observe many things happening around us but people less notice our body problems and this unnoticing behavior may cause big problems related to our body. Many factors that affect our microbiomes like environment and medication (antibiotics) but diet has become one of the main factors for our gut health. We can manipulate this factor by paying attention to what we eat.

Healing the Gut

Symptoms of unhealthy gut

  1. Frequent and chronic stomach discomfort and Bloating and acidity problems

    Our body is an automatic machine which works everyday and if something happens wrong inside of us, the body’s immune system will automatically start its job but beyond one extent it signals to our body to work manually and we feel discomfort then and acidity starts, We need to take medicine for this.

  2. Weight changes

    Without changing the diet chart/plan, the body loses weight or gains weight is a sign of an unhealthy gut.

  3. Skin problems

    If one’s body is healthy from inside it will be healthy from outside also, but if unhealthy from inside, shows signs of skin problems outside. When our gut becomes leaky gut, it starts reacting with blood and hence skin problems occur.

Prevention for becoming unhealthy gut

  1. Diversity in diet

    Different foods are good sources for various micro and macronutrients, so a diverse diet ensures nutrients adequacy in the body. A diverse diet can solve the problem which people don’t recognise usually, to meet this unknown requirements human body needs nutrients that come from diverse diet.

  2. Include prebiotics foods

    Food that feeding the microbes present in the gut which in turn helps us to maintain good health.

    Prebiotics foods characteristics is found in banana, potato, sabudana (sago), rice etc.

  3. Include Probiotic foods

    Probiotics are microorganisms that are beneficial for the body when consumed. They can be found in fermented food also, so having fermented food in your diet means indirect intake of bacteria that helps in digesting food. Many microbes in probiotic foods are similar to microbes that naturally present in our body. Food like Curd, pickles, idli, paner etc.

  4. Include Fiber

    The fiber in fiber in your diet the more probiotic bacteria will be there, which means you are less likely to have bad health or chronic disease. Fibers are both soluble and insoluble, soluble fiber becomes gel when meet with water and this gel can be consumed by gut bacteria. On the other hand insoluble fiber helps to pass feces. Foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts seeds and so on are rich in fiber.

Dish/foods heal your gut

Food you should add in your diet so that you have a good and healthy gut.

Curd (dahi): It has a property of healing your gut. It basically comes after fermented boil milk. In curd good bacteria are present which helps the body digesting system.

Khichadi: It is said to be Satvik bhojan for a healthy gut. Prebiotic and probiotic both elements of microbes are present in khichdi. If anyone wants to add vegetables, nutrients will increase and help you to heal your gut.

Vegetables and fruits: Vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber and other nutrients. Cabbage, banana , brokoli, carrot, papaya, coconut, beetroot, spinach, raspberries, grapes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, Peas etcetera should be added to your diet in order to heal your gut.

Buttermilk (Chhanchh): It results from the process of churning cream. A non-fat, thin, slightly acidic residue is left behind when cream or milk is churned into butter. This is how traditional, homemade buttermilk (referred to as chhaas in Indian families) is typically described. Buttermilk contains probiotics, or live bacteria, which is useful to heal your gut. Probiotic meals and beverages can be used to treat irritable bowel syndrome.

Legumes and pulses: From the research it is found that Proteins and carbohydrates from legumes are major components of the human diet and have been reported to exert beneficial effects in gut health. Pulses have characteristics of prebiotic, preferred food of our gut bacteria which contributes to good gut health.

Eg. Lentils (moong daal), Soybeans, Peanuts, Chickpeas, Vigna_mungo (urad), Gram, pigeon pea (toor),  lobia dal etc.

The importance of a good and healthy gut and its association with physical and mental health can’t be ignored. Many dieticians and nutritionists believe in healing the gut for healing the body. Be healthy by your gut and so be healthy by mind.

We know that it is important for a healthy microbiome to have a variety of bacterial species. Some help to digest the food and some help to pass the undigested food in stool form, so to get a healthy gut you just need to follow a proper diet and healthy routine.

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