How to Manage Your Gut Health

How to Manage Your Gut Health

Since beauty starts from within, let’s take a look at how we can manage our gut health.

What is Gut Health?

Gut health is described by the function and balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. The bacteria located there help you to breakdown food and transform nutrients into energy your body can use. There’s good bacteria and bad bacteria, the good bacteria keep the bad bacteria in check so you won’t develop a digestive illness. Which is why it’s crucial to manage your gut health.

Signs of an Unhealthy Gut

When the bad bacteria exponentially multiples, it becomes difficult for the good bacteria to keep it under control. Some signs of an unhealthy gut are gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and heartburn. The good news is that there are many steps you can take to keep those symptoms under control and manage your gut health.

How to Manage Your Gut Health

Here are some of the ways in which you can balance your gut health:
  1. Drink more Water

Drinking more water can promote the balance of the good bacteria in the gut and fight bloating. Water also protects the intestines and helps you to digest food better.

  1. Develop Healthy Eating Habits

Processed food and foods high in sugar and fat can really disrupt the microorganisms in your digestive tract. Adding some more veggies and other plant-based foods in your diet can help to promote a healthy gut. Additionally, fiber is one nutrient that we sometimes forget about. Getting enough of fiber in your diet can lead to a healthy gut microbiome.

  1. Stop Stressing!

Stress can impact your health negatively in many ways but in the gut, stress can increase sensitivity, cause an imbalance of the bacteria, and reduce blood flow. To reduce your stress, try meditating, working out and doing some deep breathing exercises.

  1. Support the Good Bacteria in Your Gut

Since probiotics are made up of good bacteria, taking a probiotic supplement can really help balance your gut’s microorganisms and improve your overall health.

Ancient Nutrition’s SBO Probiotics Ultimate

The best probiotic I’ve come across is Ancient Nutrition’s SBO Probiotics Ultimate by Dr. Axe. I have always said beauty starts from within so I decided to take the gut type quiz on Ancient Nutrition’s website and found out I had a ‘yeasty gut.’ I knew it was true since I was craving sugar over the holidays. Ancient Nutrition sent me a concrete action plan for what I should be eating (and avoiding). Since I started following the recommendations and taking the probiotics my cravings have diminished and I’m feeling a lot better.

This wonderful product is a soil-based probiotic which means that it’s hardy and more resistant to harsh environments. These probiotics do not have to be refrigerated and can survive the high heat of your digestive tract. The SBO Probiotics Ultimate even have prebiotics in them for the probiotics to survive and thrive in your gut. With 2 capsules daily and following a healthy diet, you will get all you need to feel great inside out! Take Ancient Nutrition’s gut check quiz to find out your gut type!

A healthy gut can process food better and eliminate waste with less difficulty. So, learning to manage your gut health is vital to living a long and healthy life!

Dressing for the Job You Want Even in Lockdown

Dressing for the Job You Want Even in Lockdown

Should you be dressing for the job you want even in lockdown? Can what we choose to wear while working at home affect our mood, behavior, and productivity?

The adage “dress for the job you want not the job you have” encourages people to look their best in order to project a persona of confidence on the people around them. However, due to coronavirus a lot of people don’t feel the need to dress up or make an effort to look presentable since they won’t be leaving the house.

I believe in looking your best at all times. The act of dressing up itself, is an act of self-love and appreciation. Looking presentable should not just be reserved for impressing those around us or posting on Instagram. Dressing for success boosts your confidence and helps you to be productive as well so why not do it for ourselves?

How the Lockdown Affected Our Dressing Sense

As the pandemic hit us hard, the government mandated lockdowns across the nation. Everyone had to transition from going to the workplace every day to working at home – a unique situation for most of us. As there was no need to look well-dressed to others due to all of the virtual meetings, a lot of people began dressing more informally and some even stayed in their pajamas. Perhaps to cope with all of the changes the pandemic brought on, most people sought comfort.

With comfort in mind, loungewear and activewear were the two types of clothing styles being marketed to the public. Although, those styles of clothing make us feel cozy, do they inspire us to work hard? Or does dressing down affect our mental-health?

dressing for the job you want even in lockdown

How Your Attitude is Affected by What You Wear

Ever notice whenever you try to look your absolute best you feel so good about yourself? When we wear what makes us look and feel beautiful, the act instantly enhances our mood. My maroon coat paired with black dress pants and a pair of leopard-print shoes make me feel chic, trendy, powerful and ready to take on the world. Even if I have nowhere to go, how I feel when I dress well motivates me to accomplish even more.

The clothes we choose to wear can definitely influence our mental health. Since people have not been able to leave the house for a while now, it’s easy to feel miserable and just live in sweatpants. But that does not have to be the case. We can take steps to feeling better just by trying to look put-together. Psychologists suggest sticking to your pre-pandemic routine during lockdown to help cope with all of the changes. So, try wearing a professional trendy attire to breakfast with your family and your zoom meetings. Your mood will instantly improve and might even make you want to work harder during those virtual meetings.

dressing up for the job you want even in lockdown

Why You Should Dress Up

Setting aside an outfit and your favorite accessories the night before can boost your self-esteem in the morning. As you start dressing up for the job you want even in lockdown, you will begin to feel empowered and confident. This can propel you to work towards your full potential and say yes to more opportunities. So, when you dress up every day like it’s a special day, you feel better and when you feel better you do better.

Dressing Up

What do you think? Do you feel inspired to dress up now?