Give your Gut a Summer Reset

24th June 2024

As the warm days of summer unfold, there’s no better time to prioritise your gut health. The gut is often called the body's ‘second brain,’ and its wellbeing significantly impacts our overall health. The summer months are the perfect time to reset gut health, enhancing your wellness as you prepare for the transition into autumn with the inevitable winter bugs.

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Nutrition: Seasonal eating for gut health

Embrace fresh, seasonal produce

Summer is a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are packed with essential nutrients and fibre that promote a healthy gut microbiome. Aim to include a variety of colours on your plate, as different pigments offer unique benefits:

  • Berries: Rich in antioxidants and fibre, berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries help reduce inflammation and support digestive health.
  • Leafy greens: Vegetables like spinach, kale, and rocket are high in fibre and prebiotics, feeding the good bacteria in your gut.
  • Hydrating foods: Cucumbers, melon and tomatoes are high in water content, aiding hydration and digestion during hot summer days.

Easy swaps for summer gut health

Making simple swaps in your diet can significantly boost your gut health:

  • Kefir smoothie: Instead of an ice cream, try a kefir smoothie. Kefir is a probiotic-rich drink that supports gut health and is a refreshing alternative to sugary treats.
  • Bread swaps: Replace bread with a Vitality Loaf option to increase your fibre intake, which helps maintain a healthy gut. 
  • Herbal teas: Swap sugary sodas for herbal teas. Peppermint and ginger teas can aid digestion and soothe the gut. You can make a cooler of these for an instant refreshment hit.

Relaxation and stress reduction

Summer offers a perfect opportunity to unwind and de-stress, which is beneficial for gut health. The gut-brain axis highlights the connection between mental health and gut health. Chronic stress can disrupt the balance of gut bacteria, leading to digestive issues and inflammation.

Mindful activities

Engage in activities that promote relaxation and mindfulness:

  • Yoga and meditation: Holistic practices have been shown to reduce stress and improve gut health by promoting a calm and balanced state of mind. Getting outside with your mat can be the perfect al fresco wellbeing experience.
  • Outdoor exercise: Whether it’s a walk on the beach, hiking, or cycling, spending time in nature reduces stress and enhances overall wellbeing, positively impacting gut health.

Catching up on sleep

Sleep is another critical factor in maintaining a healthy gut. Poor sleep can alter gut microbiota and increase inflammation. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night to support your gut and overall health.

Integrating gut health into daily life

Herbal supplements

Consider integrating herbal supplements known for their gut health benefits:

  • Peppermint oil: Effective in relieving a myriad of gut and digestive challenges by relaxing the muscles in the gut.
  • Ginger: Aids digestion and reduces nausea and inflammation.
  • Turmeric: Contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe the gut and support overall digestive health.

Detox and cleanse

A gentle detox can help reset your gut. Opt for natural detox methods like increasing fibre intake, drinking detox teas, and consuming foods with natural detoxifying properties like garlic, beetroots and lemon.

Routine and consistency

Whilst routine can be a little looser in the summer months, establishing a routine that includes regular mealtimes, exercise and relaxation practices can be beneficial to creating habits that will take you into autumn and winter. Consistency also helps maintain a balanced gut microbiome and promotes overall health.

Taking advantage of the summer to focus on gut health can bring significant benefits as your body prepares for the cooler months.

Find out more about the Goodwood Gut Health Retreat taking place in August, here.

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