1. The health of your gut microbiome can affect your chances of successfully falling pregnant.
No-one really talks about this, but we want to change it… Are we saying that you will definitely fall pregnant if you get your gut health in order? No…we wish it was that simple…BUT, there is PLENTY of evidence to suggest that the state of your gut microbiome has an impact on your fertility.
Given that having a healthy gut microbiome is also
linked with a whole bunch of other health benefits, we think that it’s worth pursuing a healthy gut either way…2. You really don’t have to be overly restrictive to have a healthy gut microbiome!
So many people ask me, as a nutritionist, ‘What is the one food you would recommend I ate every day to help my gut health?’…But, the truth is, this is the OPPOSITE of what I recommend!!! I want you to eat LOTS of different foods!!! Variety in plant foods (fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes) is the key to a diverse and resilient gut microbiome…which is exactly what we want!!3. You don’t need to fork out hundreds of dollars for a ‘Microbiome Map’ to know if your gut is healthy…
One of the quickest and easiest ways to check your own gut health is to pay attention to your poop. Not many people do this!! Is it runny? Weird coloured? Are you not feeling like you’ve ‘finished’ properly? Do you only poop once a week? Ask yourself these questions and you’ll have a pretty good idea of whether your gut health is on the right track…That being said, your poo is not the only
indicator…Your mood, energy levels and general wellbeing can also all be signs of whether your gut health is doing ok.4. No amount of expensive supplements will make up for a poor diet.
As a nutritionist I see so many people who are after a quick fix…and I get it! We’re all busy…We just want to be able to swallow a pill that will fix everything… But poor diet can not be outrun. Start by addressing diet first, and then use supplements as they are intended….to *supplement* to your healthy diet!5. It’s not just about what you eat.
Yes, your diet has a really big affect on your gut microbiome, but don’t forget the other important factors when you’re trying to get your gut health in order! Your stress levels have a massive impact on your gut… Have any of you ever experienced a ‘nervous poop’ when you have a big event or public speech coming up? That’s your gut reacting to stress! But chronic low grade stress is also a downer for gut health, and definitely one to manage.
The way you exercise and the amount you sleep also has an impact on your gut health! Tip: Try to move your body every day, and get 6-8 hrs of sleep every night to give yourself the best chance at a healthy gut.
Your gut health is pivotal to your overall health, and the health of your babies! Discover the importance of nurturing your gut, plus how to nurture it, in our online course ‘Healthy Gut, Healthier Baby’.
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