A healthy gut and bowel movement is a lot more important than we thought. An unhealthy gut leads to many consequences such as fatigue, skin irritations and acne, weight changes, and even eventual food allergies.

This all sounds bad, but they are some simple steps you can introduce to your diet and daily routine that can make a positive impact on your stomach, mood, and overall health. So here are five great tips to make your gut happy!

Tip 1: Eat lots of fiber
A high fiber diet means consuming a healthy amount of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains daily. This allows you to stay full longer and less likely to suffer from constipation or diarrhea. Your bowel movements will become more consistent (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29902436) and will most likely help you relieve any digestive issues you may have had in the past.

Tip 2: Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated during the day is extremely important for gut health. Basically, drinking water helps your intestines pass stool better and more efficiently, while also helping getting rid of any toxins in your system.

Tip 3: Take probiotics
Probiotics have been used to treat and prevent any gut issues for decades. They’re jam-packed with healthy bacteria that are already in your digestive system, which allows you to digest medicines, combat stress, and poor diets.

In addition to this, probiotics have been proven to strengthen your immune system, and help you absorb nutrients better. You can take probiotics daily merely by eating good sources of them, such as natural yogurt or sauerkraut.

Tip 4: Exercise
Exercising regularly keeps your body moving, which ultimately allows to keep your gut moving and digesting faster and better. Exercising regularly also helps improve your gut bacteria and enables you to maintain a better weight and a flatter stomach.

Tip 5: Get enough sleep
Not getting a good 7-8 hours of sleep daily can have a very negative impact on your gut health! Many studies prove that your gut bacteria play a big part in fighting insomnia, stress, and depression. Not getting enough sleep will impact the balance of your gut bacteria.

Bonus tip: Avoid coffee
This last part may be hard, but caffeine intervenes with the healthy functioning of your gut, leading to severe problems such as diarrhea, and heartburn.