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October 08, 2021 4 min read

What is gut microbiome?

We know you’re not here for a science lesson, but please bear with us as we nerd out for a moment ‘cause dang, biology is cool!

So, the human body is made up of trillions of living things (microorganisms,) like bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Most of these microorganisms are beneficial to our health, but some can contribute to illness or disease.

The densest number of microorganisms are found in the large intestine. This is referred to as thegut microbiome orgut flora.In healthy people, all these diverse microorganisms – or microbes—coexist peacefully to help you break down food and turn nutrients into things your body can use.

But while this is all going on quietly in your stomach, you may be inadvertently altering your gut microbiome without even knowing it. Read on to find out all the ways to improve your gut microbiome and keep this crucial ecosystem in tip-top shape!

Benefits of a healthy gut microbiome

Believe it or not, science shows that the gut microbiome is intrinsically linked to overall health and that the bacteria found in your digestive tract can help support a strong immune system, a healthy heart and brain, improved mood, better sleep quality, and metabolic and digestive functions. In fact, you may be hard-pressed to think of any health function thatisn’t impacted by this microbiome! The Benefits of a Healthy Gut Microbiome are well established.

That said because this is a relatively new field of study, scientific evidence varies considerably from one benefit to the next. What we do know to be true (and what is collectively agreed upon by the scientific community,) is that maintaining a balanced gut microbiome will ultimately help to maintain good overall health. 

What affects gut microbiome

A thriving gut microbiome is in part created by your DNA and in part by your nutrition as you grew up -- everyone’s gut microbiomes are different. But that balance can also be tipped by your current lifestyle choices. The foods we eat, our stress levels, and our sleep patterns are just some examples of how we can inadvertently affect our gut microbiome health and therefore our overall health.

How to restore gut microbiome?

We get it, what you really want to know is how to improve your gut microbiome. Luckily the solutions are just a matter of incorporating some simple changes into your daily routine.

Eat a varied diet of diverse, healthy foods

This sounds like a no-brainer because we all know that healthy eating helps just about everything, but the additional key here isdiversity. Your gut microbiome requires diversity to thrive so consider switching up your usual go-to meals for something (healthy), new and exciting. And hey, maybe you’ll just find a new favorite!

Catch some zzz’s

We know, of COURSE, you wish you could sleep more! But this actually could be a chicken and the egg situation. When our gut microbiomes are out of whack, it can negatively affect our sleep patterns but when we don’t sleep enough, our gut microbiome may also suffer. Much like the rest of our bodies, it too needs some time to rest. If you are struggling to relax after a long day, try consuming reishi mushrooms or mushroom powders. Reishi is known for its ability to help people sleep, and a daily ritual that includes reishi powder can help calm the mind so that you can relax for a restful night.

Move more

It might not be rocket science, but daily physical activity is so important for overall health, including your gut microbiome. You can start slow – even 30 minutes of walking a day can make a difference for your gut health! And as an added bonus, daily physical activity could also help you de-stress which is another factor in restoring or maintaining your gut microbiome. Check and check!

Include pre-and probiotics in your diet 

Probiotics and prebiotics can be game-changers when it comes to your gut health, and how to improve your gut microbiome. A recent study suggests that “manipulating gut bacteria in the microbiome, through the use of probiotics and prebiotics, has been found to have an influence on both physical and emotional wellbeing.”

You can choose to add pre-and probiotics by including food that contains them or by including a supplement in your diet. You can find these supplements in the vitamin aisle, or you can choose a blend, like Rritual’s Mushroom Adaptogen Enhanced Elixirs, which contain a prebiotic superfood mix of inulin derived from the agave plant and lucuma fruit.

How to keep gut microbiome healthy

Long story short: unfortunately, there isn’t a one size fits all approach to how to improve your gut microbiome. But not all is lost! The more you learn about your gut microbiome, the more likely you are to pay attention to how it affects your health – and that is a great thing! Read even more about the best foods to support your gut health.

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