Wintry start halts resolutions
How has your gut health been so far this year? Have you managed to shift those extra pounds you put on over Christmas or are you still feeling a little extra weight around your midriff?
If you haven’t managed to get the New Year off to the perfect start then you might be heartened to know you’re not alone. A recent Yakult survey has shown that 73% of Brits have planned a new year health kick but the poor weather in January – the coldest for 20 years – has meant that about a third of people delayed their plans until they were sure the snow and ice had passed whereas one in five have said they would wait until February.
And there’s nothing wrong in waiting if your new digestive health plan is set to be a long term plan. Because the long term benefits will still be achieved. But make sure that you make your goals realistic and achievable. The same way that you may look at setting realistic and achievable goals at work, aim to set the same goals when looking at your health plan.
•1. Nourish with nutrients & top up your good bacteria – The gut processes and absorbs nutrients from food so eating a healthy, varied diet, rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals is crucial. The good bacteria in your gut help your body to break down nutrients and reduce or neutralise the bad. Probiotic products contain billions of good bacteria which top up your natural supply.
•2. Sleep well but keep moving – Sleepless nights and stressful days can affect our bowel function, appetite and body weight so sleep is essential for re-charging our system. ‘Going regularly’ keeps our bowels moving and our digestive system on track. Exercising regularly and not smoking are also big contributors in improving gut health.
•3. Drink plenty of fluids – Drink 8-10 glasses a day. Drinking sufficient fluid keeps us hydrated and helps to prevent constipation.
If you’re committing to start again in 2010 why not share your stories with other Love Your Gut followers? We’d love to hear how you’re doing and also any advice you may have for others.