How our bowel movements are and what our digestion is like, are not typically day to day topics of conversation. What we don’t realise is that both are crucial to our overall health. If your digestion isn’t working, then the rest of your body can be impacted.

The body is ripe with bacteria, most of which lives in our gut and has a huge impact on our overall health. Your microbiome regulates inflammation and immunity throughout your entire body. If you look after your gut you can help improve your overall health. Here’s just a few simple steps to boost your gut health going forward…

1. Remove the toxins 

Removing toxins from your body will allow your body to heal itself and help maintain a healthy gut. You should look to eliminate what could potentially be causing damage, this can include refined sugar, gluten, dairy and most processed foods. Refined sugar is the worst offender because it feeds the negative gut bacteria and depletes the positive bacteria that support a healthy microbiome.

2. Focus on food 

We hear this time and time again, but eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables allows the gut to get the vital vitamins and minerals it needs to heal. Consume lots of dark leafy greens, easy-to-digest grains like quinoa, and healthy fats like avocado, flax, hemp, pumpkin seeds, almonds, raw coconut and walnuts. These foods reduce inflammation and support gut health.

3. Bring back the good bacteria

By giving your body good bacteria it can combat the detrimental elements affecting your gut. Fermented foods like kefir, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi and tempeh are all full of good bacteria, as are probiotics. Although eating these foods are beneficial to the gut, they are not as potent as taking a food supplement to enhance the effects. Try KIKI Health Body Biotics, they contain live and thriving SBO’s (soil-based organisms) and re-populate the intestine with a beneficial balance of friendly bacteria.

4. Get more sleep

Sleep has a major impact on the digestive system. Sleep allows the digestive organs to rest, repair and restore. Each person requires a different amount of sleep, but aim to get 7 to 8 hours a night to ensure a restorative sleep cycle.

5. Keep yourself alkaline 

The stress of modern life can make our bodies become acidic which inhibits our digestion. By restoring your bodies natural pH level it can neutralise the effect of acid on your body, allowing it to repair and heal. Try KIKI Heath’s Alkaline Infusion, the alkaline minerals help to naturally balance the pH levels in the body.