Change your dietary habits, build exercise into your daily routine, manage your stress, and see how much better you’ll feel!
Give probiotics a try.
Feed your digestive tract diverse strains of good bacteria: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium & Saccharomyces boulardii. Start slowly to see how they affect your gut. (Try fermented foods like kimchi, too.)
Work exercise into your life.
Exercise daily (even walking fast for 30 minutes) to help prevent countless health problems. For a challenge try high-intensity interval training or weight resistance.
Stock up on sleep.
Sleep loss leads to weight gain and depression, worsens pain, and ups your risk for heart disease, diabetes & other problems. Recharge with 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
Relax on a regular basis.
Put meditation, deep breathing and yoga on your schedule each day. Lowering your stress level can ease/prevent IBS.
Pass up processed food.
Don’t let junk food, sodas, juices & diet drinks impact your sugar and lipid metabolism. Liquid sugar calories contribute most to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Devour fruits & veggies.
Aim for 8 to 10 servings of colorful fruits & veggies daily. Their vitamins, minerals, fiber, nutrients and antioxidants help fight disease.
Don't be afraid of fat.
Choose healthy omega-3 fats (wild salmon, sardines, flaxseed, seaweed), grass-fed/organic animal products and healthy olive, sesame seed & nut oils. Avoid all hydrogenated fat (margarine, processed foods & oils, baked goods).
Feast on fiber-rich foods.
Enjoy high-fiber whole grains, veggies, nuts, seeds & fruit. Their fiber is good for you — and your gut.
Pump up your protein.
Eat protein at every meal to help prevent blood sugar imbalances that feed bad gut bacteria. Choose sustainably raised fish, turkey & chicken, nuts, beans, seeds & tofu.
Don’t let painful irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms get in the way of an active life. Try these functional medicine tips to foster a healthy gut.
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