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Gut Feeling: Your Informal Guide to a Happier Tummy

By Bryshan Francis, University of Toronto NUtritionand Chemistry Candidate, 2025

Hi Friends! Let's talk about how to improve your gut health. Yep, we're diving into the world of bellies, bowels, and all things gut-related.

First things first, let's talk about how to give your gut some much-needed TLC. Think of your gut as a bustling metropolis teeming with trillions of bacteria – some good, some not-so-good. The key to a happy gut? Keeping the peace between these microbial citizens. Here's how:

1. Load Up on Fiber: Fiber is like the janitor of your digestive system, sweeping away waste and keeping things moving along smoothly. So, pile your plate high with fruits, veggies, whole grains, and legumes to give your gut the fibre it craves.

2. Probiotics to the Rescue: Probiotics are the friendly bacteria that call your gut home, and they play a crucial role in keeping things in balance. Include probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi to give your gut army a boost. Probiotics are also sold as gut health supplements which can be purchased over the counter and are especially effective at maintaining your gut health when you are taking a round of antibiotics.

3. Embrace Fermented Foods: Fermented foods are like a party for your gut bacteria – they love 'em! So, add some kombucha, miso, tempeh, and pickles to your menu to keep your gut bugs happy and healthy.

4. Stress Less: Did you know that stress can wreak havoc on your gut health? Practicing some stress-management techniques like deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or simply engaging in your favourite hobbies can help to keep your gut in check. Speaking with a licensed therapist is also an excellent way to receive tailored support to meet your needs. Learn more about our therapy services here!

5. Get Moving: Exercise isn't just good for your body – it's also great for your gut! So, choose an activity that brings you joy so you can build a habit of movement that lasts over the long-term.

6. Hydration Station: Don't forget to drink up! Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining good digestion, so make sure to have a water bottle near your workstation.

And there you have it – your informal guide to achieving gut greatness! Remember, it's not about following strict rules or depriving yourself of the foods you love; it's about nourishing your body with delicious, wholesome foods that support a happy, healthy gut. So, listen to your gut – it knows what's up!

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