Five ways to help your gut health

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Do you know how to take care of your gut?

If you’re anything like us, we really have no clue where to start. And we really need to know how to mind ourselves! As they say, health starts in the gut.

In fact, approximately 70 per cent of your immune system is in your gut. So if you keep getting sick maybe you need to look at your tummy – yes seriously!

Nutritional Therapist Jessica O’Dwyer who runs her global clinic from London, works closely with Irish stress-care brand Ethos has shared her top tips on taking care of your gut health.

Jessica O’Dwyer

Increase Hydration

Make sure you are drinking the right amount of water for your body type. Calculate your weight in kg and multiply by 30-35 mls. This is the amount of water you should drink daily.

Adequate hydration plays a key role in keeping a healthy balance of good bacteria in our gut.

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Increase Fibre

Next is fibre. It’s not just about keeping things moving smoothly in our digestive system; fibre is a real powerhouse when it comes to feeding the good bacteria in our gut.

Consider incorporating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds into your diet. Certain supplements, like Ethos Good Gut supplement, which I helped to formulate, contain digestive fibres such as inulin.

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Probiotics & Prebiotics

Probiotics and prebiotics play a key role in the digestion and absorption of nutrients. They also help to strengthen our immune system and gut barrier function – particularly beneficial to those living a busy lifestyle needing additional gut support.

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Exercise isn’t just great for your muscles and mood, it also plays a crucial role in keeping your gut microbiome healthy. When you’re active, it boosts the diversity of bacteria in your gut.

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Investigate SIBO

If you struggle to tolerate probiotics and prebiotics consider investigating a Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). This is a condition where there is an abnormal increase in the number of bacteria in the small intestine, which can lead to symptoms like bloating, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and nutrient malabsorption.

It’s quite common among those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Working with a Nutritional Therapist can be a game-changer if you’re dealing with these issues. This isn’t about a ‘one size fits all’ solution; it’s about creating a plan that’s as individual as you are.



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