There are trillions of tiny bacteria living within your gut. This mini ecosystem is commonly referred to as your microbiome. Like our ecosystem, disasters can occur and run havoc here. Too much sugar, antibiotics, and stress can completely destroy vast parts of the microbiome. These can be as devastating to the microbiome as an earthquake or hurricane can to our ecosystem.
Now with the holidays right around the corner, two things that are not good for your microbiome will be everywhere…. stress and sugar.
Now we’re not saying you shouldn’t take the time to enjoy seasonal foods you love like your grandmother’s pumpkin pie, but you need to be aware of what is happening:
Your microbiome is more than just an ecosystem inside your gut. It’s commonly referred to as your second brain. In fact, when the microbiome is healthy, you’re in a better mood because these bacteria release neurotransmitters that make you feel good. Researchers have even found that taking a probiotic can help manage mental health issues like depression.
Here are three things to do to give your microbiome some love this holiday season:
- Lower stress levels: We understand, family can be stressful. Because of this, it is important to find things that calm you down. Whether it be going for a walk, taking a warm bath, meditating, or taking a nap. Whatever it is, keep your stress levels low this holiday season.
- Consume probiotic rich foods: Whether it’s greek yogurt, kombucha, miso, Good Belly or fermented foods, try to consume at least one of these every day. If there is a day where you eat more sugar or processed food than normal, try to eat these probiotic rich foods at least a couple times to help metabolize the sugar molecules.
- Eat as many raw, unprocessed foods as you can: The meals where you are not eating large amounts with your family should contain raw, unprocessed foods, specifically vegetables. Even by simply adding a salad to your holiday meal will help your microbiome get through whatever havoc that meal will wreck on it.
Keeping these three things in mind will help you get through the holiday season without completely destroying your gut-health. Remember you can still eat the foods you love, just make sure that you’re showing your gut some love at the same time.