Experts share simple tips you can follow to take care of your gut health this summer.
As the temperatures go rising, the need to take care of your health also increases. Your gut, especially, demands that bit of extra attention during summers. It is important to stay hydrated, eat well and include a set of particular food items in your diet to ensure good gut health during summers. Otherwise, you may witness an array of issues like food poisoning, diarrhea, dehydration, bloating, constipation, acidity and more.
WHY IS GUT HEALTH IMPORTANT
“A healthy gut contains an optimum amount of good bacteria & immune cells that discards infectious agents like viruses, fungi and bacteria. Gut health describes the balance and function of gut bacteria in several parts of the gastrointestinal tract that help us eat, digest food and absorb nutrients properly, without any discomfort,” said Sakshi Suri from the brand Dr Morepen.
“Gut health is closely linked to the immune system, mental health, mood, endocrine disorders, autoimmune disease, hormone disorders, skin conditions, and even cancer,” she added.
TIPS TO TAKE CARE OF GUT HEALTH IN SUMMERS
STAY HYDRATEDStay hydrated! (Photo: Pixabay)
Increasing your water intake during summers is super important for your overall well-being. “Drink more than your usual quantity of water and add coconut water and buttermilk,” said Dr Rajeev Agarwal.
“Coconut water, bael sherbet, ginger and celery juice and cold watermelon salads are also great options for keeping inflammation in check and giving some relief from the heat during summer months,” said Nupur Arya, consulting nutritionist, Nutrimend.
EAT MORE GREENSAdd green vegetables and fresh fruits to your diet. (Photo: Pixabay)
Add lots of green vegetables and fresh seasonal fruits to your diet. Stay away from spicy and heavy meals. You need essential nutrients and fiber to ensure your gut bacteria work more effectively.
ADD PROBIOTICS TO YOUR DIET
“Consume natural probiotics like yogurt and fermented food. A probiotic supplement can be extremely helpful in keeping good gut bacteria alive and healthy. It is better to opt for strain-specific supplements that have high CFUs and good encapsulation technology that improves bacteria survival rate in the gut,” said Sakshi Suri.
Nupur Arya also emphasises adding probiotics to your diet during summers. “Having plenty of probiotic-rich drinks like Kombucha, yoghurt lassi or smoothies, kanjhi water and fermented rice water can be helpful in keeping your gut healthy as well as providing hydration in this scorching heat,” she said.
GET ENOUGH SLEEPIt is important to sleep well. (Photo: Pixabay)
Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every day, not only for the proper functioning of gut bacteria but for your overall well-being.
KEEP YOUR STRESS LEVELS IN CHECK
High stress levels can have a direct impact on your gut health. “Go for a walk, play with your pet, perform Yoga or exercise in the gym to reduce stress,” Sakshi Suri further suggested.