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Can you stomach it? Taking care of your gut

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What is your ‘gut’ you wonder? It is your intestinal tract, and what goes on in there has a huge impact on your overall health and wellness. Did you know that what goes on in your gut can directly affect your mood? That poor digestion can cause neurological and psychological disorders?

Besides being important to your mental and emotional health, your digestion actually plays a key role in your natural immunity to diseases.

So here are 6 simple tips that will help you take proper care of your gut.

• Take a minute before you eat any meal

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  Eating when stressed is a common cause of bloating.

• Hydrate

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The most effective way to improve gut health is to drink more water.

• Avoid sugar

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Sugar feeds harmful bacteria which then cause bloating and all manner of damage to the gut lining.

• Chew your food well

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Digestion is a demanding task requiring a great deal of energy, especially if it is forced to deal with improperly chewed food.

• Reduce stress

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Take care of your gut health by coping with stress reduction techniques like yoga, meditation, therapy and time in the outdoors.

• Sleep well

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A lack of sleep can not only affect your mental function but it can also have a negative effect on your bowel function, appetite and body weight.