Maybe the new year left you wanting to change something and try to be healthier, in whatever capacity. Whether that means taking care of yourself mentally or becoming more active, or trying some new skincare, each of these requires a unique look at approaching it, as everyone is not the same. The way we approach each of these goals takes some learning and studying of the best method that works for you. The same idea goes for your gut health.

Gut health is being researched continuously, and its relationship with the rest of the body is slowly coming to light more. Studies have shown gut health has a connection to one’s mental health, mood, skin conditions, immune system, and more. Its relationship with the rest of the body is undeniable, yet taking care of the gut always gets prescribed a one-size-fits-all solution.

If we throw around the term “gut microbiome,” many people will have a vague idea of what that means. But to simplify it, the gut microbiome refers to the microorganisms that live in one’s intestines. With hundreds of different kinds of bacteria living in the gut, there are plenty of benefits to reap both physically and mentally. So how do you restore your gut health?

The first step is always understanding your microbiome. What bacteria does it have? Which foods work to improve it? Which ones don’t?

If you choose to focus on gut health and improve it, here are a few tips on making that work.

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  1. Test your microbiome.

Thankfully, there’s a company making that accessible for everyone. Viome is a simple way of understanding your microbiome and breaking down what to eat, avoid, and supplement. Their tests connect with an app for your phone that makes the whole process simple to follow and understand. Their tests also include immune system health analysis and stress response analysis to gather a complete picture of your microbiome. They also have personalized supplements to make it easier for you to get what you need.

2. Eat a range of foods

All foods taste different, but they also do different things to your body. Some food can add specific vitamins and others are a great source of fiber, but in addition to these things, foods can also add good bacteria to the gut to improve overall health. Every person is different, so eating a range of foods will help your body learn what it likes and dislikes. Remember, there’s no need to eat anything you don’t like the taste of; there’s plenty to replace it.

 

3. Listen to your body

Many professionals lead with this advice for a reason. It’s easy just to judge your body, but you’ll never be happy with it if you don’t listen to it. Remember that your body is what you put into it; this is not to say that one body type is more beautiful than another. More to analyze the relationship between our bodies and how we feel is aligned with our foods. So, when you eat, pay attention to how you feel afterward. Not just your stomach, but your mind as well. Pay attention to your grogginess, clarity of mind, etc. 

Gut health can be complicated but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re ready to take the first steps in improving your gut health, Viome is a great place to start. In collaboration with CADA, they’re offering readers 10% OFF their first analysis. Just use the code CADAxVIOME10 at checkout. 

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