While healthy skin, healthy hair and a healthy body are all great, lately the buzz seems to be about a healthy gut. But what does that mean exactly and how can health seekers achieve a healthier gut? Traina Foods explores this trend and offers tips for achieving a healthy gut.
What exactly is the “gut” anyway? It used to be that the word “gut” could conjure up images of a bloated belly, but the “gut” actually refers to the gastrointestinal tract, which actually begins with the mouth, and includes the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. This complex system is essential to whole body health, so it’s important to keep this guy running right! The gut breaks down food and absorbs nutrients that are essential for the body’s functions including hormone balance, energy production, mental health and even toxin/waste elimination…
Naturally, improving gut health begins with eating right. This includes focusing on a plant-based diet rich in whole foods, and avoiding artificial sweeteners or heavily processed foods. Eating foods high in fiber is considered a key component in keeping the gut healthy. Dried fruits are high in fiber and other nutrients that are ideal for gut health. In fact, recent research published in The Journal of Nutrition shows that prunes specifically contain nutrients and fiber that may help improve bifidobacteria, which are useful to maintain digestive health, according to the study.
Another reason that dried fruits are so essential to a healthy diet is that they contain polyphenol antioxidants, which improve digestive health as well as blood flow, decrease oxidative damage and reduce the risk of many diseases. In addition to eating foods high in fiber, probiotics and prebiotics are two other crucial factors in obtaining, and maintaining good gut health. These can be taken by way of supplements to balance out the “top three” essentials for good gut health.
Aside from what people put into their bodies, how they treat their bodies can also impact gut health. For example, a high-stress lifestyle can be tough on the gut. Those with stressful jobs or lives can try some stress-relieving methods such as yoga, meditation, using essential oils, decreasing caffeine intake or spending time with loved ones or pets. Getting enough rest can also help improve gut health — most doctors will recommend a solid seven to eight hours of rest per night.
In the name of good gut health, Traina Foods encourages people to try all the delicious California sun dried fruits in the Traina Foods line. For more about all the varieties of sun dried fruits Traina Foods offers as well as recipes and inspiring ways to include dried fruit in any meal, visit www.trainafoods.com.