In this article, Dr. Harpreet Arora- founder of Aahar Vihar clinic, reviews the causes and solutions of Bad Gut Health.
Dr. Harpreet Arora (B.A.M.S., M.D.) is a general physician and an Ayurvedic consultant. A founder of Aahar Vihar, Amritsar, she has been spreading good health by prescribing comprehensive changes in diet, exercises, and lifestyle to her clients across the globe in India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, and U.A.E. for over 20 years. Aahar Vihar, a culmination of hundreds of years of knowledge in Ayurveda, focuses mainly on debunking the existing dietary myths and creating a bespoke diet plan for its clients, serving their body and mind and still not depriving their tongue.
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Why do we need to focus on our gut health?
- Are you also a part of this rat race?
- Do mood swings affect you?
- Are you also struggling to lose weight?
- Does dry and dull skin bother you?
- Does thyroid pose a problem?
- Good shampoos and expensive conditioners still don’t curb your hair fall?
- Do Constipation, Irritable bowel syndrome, and IBD trouble you?
Well, there is no need to panic. You do not need a handful of medicines to resolve these issues. All we need is to understand gut health. Knowledge, they say is the foundation for understanding.
Gut health refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. Trillions of these organisms regulate our metabolism, protect us from infections and, strengthen our immune system. Our immune system strengthens the lining of our gut & maintains tolerance to the food we consume.
Good bacteria & bad bacteria.
When it comes to great gut health, we are talking about healthy gut flora & we need to keep good bacteria alive & healthy. The reduction of good bacteria in our gut becomes the reason for our ill health.
Biological agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi cannot survive in a healthy gut populated by healthy bacteria and immune cells. In addition, a healthy gut communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones, which contribute to overall health and wellness.
Now let us understand the reason for the reduction of this good bacteria.
- Poor lifestyle habits like consuming too spicy & oily foods, waking up late, sleeping for less than 7 hours, and having too much stress and anxiety.
- Our so-called “weight loss” fad diets, Not taking seasonal diets,
Consuming packaged the “dead” food instead and consuming food at the wrong timings and in an inappropriate manner.
Use this essential first step of digestion to improve gut health & immunity & believe it or not it will help in reducing weight
Yes, it’s true!
Chewing your food properly can help in smooth digestion and nutrient absorption.
Sleep provides essential support to the immune system. Poor sleep can lead to long-term problems with memory, blood sugar, blood pressure & obesity.
Ayurveda promotes rising before sunrise to connect with nature, curb negativity and depression and increase mental clarity.
Moreover, certain other Ayurvedic tips to improve gut health include:
- Stop the consumption of white sugar as bad bacteria thrives on refined carbohydrates and sugar.
- Start consuming fresh & seasonal fruits and seasonal vegetables.
- Freshly prepared legumes are desirable. It is desirable to take 50 to 100 GMs of fiber/per day.
- Stop believing in fad diets to reduce weight.
- Keep a check on your portion size. Eat until you are 80% full.
To sum it up according to Ayurveda, simple lifestyle changes and eating seasonal and local food freshly prepared in your kitchen with the help of digestive herbs improve your digestion and overall health.
Remember, a good gut helps in improving your immune system. Enjoy your life. Enjoy your food. Enjoy your desserts. But all in a balance.
Lastly, a golden ayurvedic concoction to improve your gut health from my pandora box:
- Take equal amounts of ajwain(Bishop’s weed); Saunf ( fennel seeds); Zeera (cumin seed).
- Dry roast and grind. Now, add a bit of hing (asafetida) to the mixture.
- Take a bit of this mixture with warm water after your lunch & dinner (40 mins after meal).
Make the changes, and find the difference because Ayurveda delivers side benefits and no side effects.
Stay healthy. Stay happy.
A diet rich in prebiotic foods (whole grains, bananas, greens, onions, garlic, soybeans, and artichokes) facilitates the growth of healthy gut bacteria. Yogurt is already loaded with good bacteria thanks to its probiotic properties.