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There is nothing that feels more taxing on the body than aging – too many ailments that come with it. One morning, you wake up and you feel sluggish, your bloat is a little more permanent and for the love of Christ, your flatulence is crazy, and you feel extra gassy. 

Gut health has become a buzzphrase and an equally increasingly popular topic in recent years – a healthy gut is essential for maintaining a strong immune system, absorbing nutrients, and even regulating our mood and mental health. The health benefits of a healthy gut include everything from a better mood to a strong immune system. 

If you suffer from indigestion, IBS, flatulence, and bloating as I do, here are a few easy steps you can incorporate into your daily routine to support your microbiome and promote optimal digestive function:

1. Probiotics and Prebiotics 

Probiotics are what you need, it’s the good bacteria that help keep you healthy. Kombucha is a sparkling fermented tea that is a great probiotic that contains beneficial live microorganisms that can help improve your gut health. This is a great way to make that soda switch, it’s lower in sugar and even better for your gut. In a simpler way, you can find the probiotics you need in fermented foods like Greek yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut. Prebiotics can be found in dietary fibers that serve as food for the beneficial bacteria in your gut. These can be found in everyday foods we consume such as bananas, onions, garlic, and asparagus. Alternatively, you can consume it in liquid form with the Rawbiotics Daily Balance. 

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2. Kiko Vitals Debloat + Gut Glow Capsules 

If you are like me and are a picky eater that doesn’t enjoy a lot of natural probiotics or high-fiber foods, then the Kīko Vitals Debloat + Gut Glow capsules are your best bet. They are an all-natural vitamin, packed with organic fruit enzymes and calming anti-inflammatory ingredients. The benefits are incredible – they alleviate bloating, reduce water retention, aid digestion, support gut health, and prevent gas. 

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3. Get Enough Sleep, Manage Your Stress Levels, and Keep Hydrated

A tale as old as time… Sleep plays an important role in regulating many bodily processes, including digestion – aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night and prioritize good sleep hygiene by avoiding screens before bedtime, establishing a regular sleep schedule, and creating a calming sleep environment (a good cup of tea before bed goes a long way). 

Chronic stress can negatively impact gut health by altering the composition of the microbiome and disrupting digestive function. To support a healthy gut, it’s important to find ways to manage stress and promote relaxation. Some effective strategies include meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, and regular exercise. 

Drinking plenty of water is important to maintain proper digestion and promote regular bowel movements. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day – include other hydrating beverages like herbal tea (a good cup of peppermint tea always does the trick for me). 

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