Workouts To Increase Flexibility

Workouts To Increase Flexibility

You’ll get more than just strength training or endurance training at Next Level Fitness in Irvine, CA/ You’ll also work on exercises to increase flexibility. Flexibility workouts help improve your range of motion and can prevent injuries. What are the best flexibility exercises? They’re stretches. Stretching boosts blood flow to the muscles. That can also help increase their size and strength. It also helps improve posture. Here are a few exercises that help.

Static stretching helps boost flexibility.

Dynamic stretching is for warming up, while you do static stretching after you’re warmed up. Dynamic stretching gets blood moving to the muscles, preparing them for more difficult tasks. They include wide lunges and jump squats. Static stretches include touching your toes and the cobra pose. Once the muscles are warm and flexible, these exercises increase your range of motion. You stretch the muscles as far as you can and hold for 15 to 20 seconds.

Yoga stretches can build flexibility and core strength.

The bird dog has many variations. The stretch begins on hands and knees. Start by lifting one arm off the ground as you lift the opposite leg. Straighten the back leg level with the body as you straighten the arm. You’ll need to engage your abdominal muscles to do this, so you’ll be building core strength, too. Hold the position for a few seconds, then lower and lift the opposite arm and leg. Do several repetitions and sets.

The child pose is an excellent yoga pose to stretch.

Once you learn the child pose, you can use it as a stretch and resting position. Start on your hands and knees. Your feet should be together and your hands flat on the floor. Sit back gently with your buttocks on your thighs. The Warrior 1 position also improves flexibility. You’ll open your hips and shoulders. Start with feet wide apart, twist the body to the side until the feet are both pointing to one side and feet are aligned. Bend your front knee as you lower your body and raise your hands overhead. Straighten and twist to the other side.

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and arms extended. From this position you can twist side to side or lower your body to the right side, attempting to touch the side of the right foot or right knee, depending on your flexibility.
  • A cat/cow pose is excellent for back pain. Start on hands and knees. Lift your head and drop your belly for the cow pose. Hold for a second then lower your head and arch your back for the cat pose.
  • Another great yoga pose to relieve back pain is the bridge. Lay on your back with arms to your side, knees bent and feet flat on the floor with your heels as close to your butt as possible. Inhale as you lift your hips, forming a straight line with your body. Hold and lower your body.
  • The core stretch or cobra pose is simple. Lay on the floor with your chest down and hands beside the head at shoulder width. Push your upper body up, straighten your arms, lifting your upper body off the floor as you stretch.

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Reward Yourself

Reward Yourself

If you feel like every workout is punishment and eating healthy is the price you pay for overindulging, you’ll spend every minute getting fit miserable and probably won’t stick with it long. Celebrate every movement, appreciate how good you feel, and reward yourself when you’ve achieved a goal. The reward can be for reaching a goal, completing a tough workout, or sticking with a plan of healthy eating for a month. The celebration can be for accomplishing something hard for you to do, even if it’s easy for everyone else.

Enjoy an afternoon lounging.

Whether it’s taking a long bath, a visit to a spa or sauna, or binging on your favorite TV show, give yourself a break and do something you love, but never have time to do. It should be a guilty pleasure, but not one that involves unhealthy food, especially when you first start. You might play hooky from chores at home and take a walk in the park.

Get a new workout outfit or buy clothing that’s now a size smaller.

You don’t have to love shopping to appreciate how good it feels to get clothing that’s a size smaller. If you can’t afford a new wardrobe or want to wait and purchase an outfit after you make more progress, just trying on clothing can be a reward. Getting yourself a new piece of gym attire, whether it’s just a headband or an entire workout outfit, can give you a boost and reward you simultaneously.

Don’t skip your next workout, do it somewhere else or differently.

Make your reward a workout that’s a change of pace. If you love to go dancing, make that your reward and replace our workout with a night on the town, but make sure you dance the night away. Go to the pool and do laps or take a walk in the park. You can alternate your speed between a fast walk and a recovery pace to turn it into a HIIT workout. Go for a bicycle picnic, peddling your way to a location with friends and sharing a healthy meal.

  • Share your accomplishment with a few friends who understand how hard you’ve worked. Sometimes just the recognition of your efforts is enough.
  • Keep a workout jar to save money. Every time you do your best, pay yourself to do something special. Pay more when you’ve worked extra hard. When you’ve saved enough, use it for your special joy.
  • Go out to dinner at a place that serves healthy food. Many restaurants now offer healthier options. You can normally find their menu online and choose the meal that fits your eating plan.
  • A picture is worth 1000 words. Track your progress by taking a photo every week in the same place and in the same outfit. When you reach a goal, share your progress with friends and family or just enjoy it yourself.

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Reach Your Goals

Reach Your Goals

If you’ve made goals before and never achieved them, don’t give up. Here are some simple ways to help you reach your goals. The first is to write down your goals. Do you want to have more energy, lose weight, or just feel better? Decide how you’re going to do it. Will you change your diet? Get more exercise? Or is doing a combination of the two your road to victory? Having a plan of action is important.

Make a SMART goal.

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. If weight loss is your goal, how much do you want to lose? You can use anything from the number of pounds to the ability to fit into a specific article of clothing. That’s also how you make it measurable. Losing 30 pounds by the next week isn’t achievable in a healthy manner, so make sure your goal is both achievable and realistic. The last letter, T for Timely is the most important. Give yourself a deadline. If you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter, you know how important a deadline can be. Without a deadline, you’ll always be putting off your goal until tomorrow, which never comes.

Break your goal into smaller units that are easier to accomplish.

A huge goal can be overwhelming. If you need to lose 50 pounds, it can look insurmountable and even losing a couple of pounds can feel like failure. If you break down your goal into smaller units and spread it over months, it can bring success quickly and give you a feeling of accomplishment. Losing 2 pounds a week for 25 weeks keeps you motivated and gives you the successful boost you need every week.

Start meal planning.

If you want to stick with any healthy diet, make it easier to do by planning. You plan the meals one day, shop for the ingredients a second day, and do all the cooking the third. Then you just store the food for the week. Every day, just heat and serve. You even plan snacks for the morning and evening. Meal planning saves money and time. It keeps you on track for success.

  • Make your workout an appointment and put it on your calendar. Keep it at the same time every day. Doing it at the same time helps create a habit.
  • Track your workout. Winners keep score. Have a workout plan ready. Include the number of sets and reps. You can see your progress on paper and make workout time a game.
  • Make it a point to be more active. Walk or take a bike instead of driving if possible. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If your work is sedentary, get up and move every 50 minutes. Stand up, walk in place, or do other movements.
  • If you want to lose weight, eat slower. It’s good for digestion and helps your brain catch up with your stomach to tell you you’re full quicker. Make sure you get more sleep. Lack of sleep causes an increase in ghrelin, the hunger hormone.

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Why Exercise Is Good For Your Health

Why Exercise Is Good For Your Health

Why do people exercise? It isn’t natural to make your body work harder or create unnecessary effort, yet thousands of people in Irvine, CA, do it every day. One of the most important reasons, beyond making you feel and look fabulous and that boost of energy, is the fact that regular exercise is good for your health. For thousands of years, man has had to work hard just to survive. It’s only been in the last 100 years that science has lifted the physical burden from the shoulders of man. While science is good and the free time allows even more opportunity for advancement, our bodies still need the grueling effort life used to require to be its healthiest.

We evolved to exercise and exercise helped us evolve.

If you followed a great ape, one of the closest animals to us, your day would be spent eating, lounging, sleeping, and eating again. The other members of the primate family are equally as inactive. Early on, only man was the active one in the group. Chimps eat a high-cholesterol diet and move less than a sedentary person, yet don’t have arterial sclerosis or heart disease. Our physiology developed differently and requires more movement. The constant activity of hunter-gatherers helped build bigger brains and changed all body parts to the cellular level to the point we need far less sleep than other primates and far more activity. In other words, our bodies evolved to stay active, not sit, lounge, or sleep long hours.

Exercise helps to maintain lower blood pressure.

When you exercise, your body creates nitric oxide that opens arteries to lower blood pressure. It increases the effectiveness of the heart, also lowering blood pressure. Increasing your exercise can lower both the top and bottom blood pressure numbers. Even mild exercise like walking or Tai chi can help lower blood pressure. It also helps reduce inflammation, which can cause serious problems, including arterial disease, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Yes, exercise does help you lose weight.

Obesity is a pandemic that is slowly killing millions of Americans. It is the leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, breathing difficulties, and gallbladder disease. A program of regular exercise can help prevent it. Of course, eating healthy is also vital. Exercise can help prevent insulin resistance which causes the body to create more insulin. The more insulin you have, the more weight around your midsection increases, causing the body to be more insulin resistant. When you workout, your muscles use the glucose, and the cells function better, reducing the potential for insulin resistance.

  • Reduce pain with a program of regular exercise. Exercise can help reduce the pain of arthritis. It helps build muscles, reduce weight, and lift the pressure off joints.
  • Exercise improves your posture, which affects many parts of the body. Good posture reduces back pain and improves breathing and digestion by aiding the flow of food through your system and preventing acid reflux.
  • Exercise not only helps build neuropathways in your brain and increase your cognitive function, but it also plays a role in your mood. It can lift mild depression, burn off stress, and help reduce anxiety.
  • Weight-bearing exercise can help reduce osteoporosis and keep bones stronger and denser. It also improves circulation, sending oxygen and nutrient-laden blood to all parts of the body.

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Are Teenagers' Nutritional Needs Different From Adults?

Are Teenagers’ Nutritional Needs Different From Adults?

If you have a teenager, you probably already know how difficult it is to ensure they get proper nutrition. They seem to be constantly on the go, often skipping meals and replacing them with snacks and junk food. It’s even harder when you consider that teens have different nutritional requirements than adults and even from those when they were young children. Their bodies are changing, and they require a balanced diet to ensure a healthy adulthood by providing the support necessary for a healthy growing body and cognitive development.

Teens are going through many changes, including puberty.

Teens undergo significant changes affecting both the body and cognitive functioning. Growth is taking place, which takes more energy. That means teens may need a diet higher in protein, vitamins, and minerals, besides the increase in calories to fuel their higher metabolism. Bone development requires calcium, vitamins K and D, and other changes require a diet higher in B12. Muscle development requires more protein.

Make sure your teen gets adequate omega-3 fatty acids.

Most people probably lack adequate omega-3 in their diet. That can lead to heart disease and a host of health issues. Studies show that low levels of omega-3 fatty acids can lead to ADHD, depression, asthma and increase the risk of diabetes for individuals already at high risk. Studies linking omega-3 fatty acids to mental health have shown that increasing omega-3 reduced the incidence of violent behavior, bipolar disorder, and depression. Adding fish to the diet once a week and having walnuts for snacks can boost the omega-3 in the diet.

Focus on whole foods, but make sure there’s adequate energy provided.

While you might need to stick with a lower-calorie diet, your teen might need to eat more. That’s because of metabolism and level of activity. Most teens are far more active than their parents. If they aren’t, find a way to encourage activity. Each child is unique, so what applies to one, doesn’t always apply to all. A teenage girl requires more iron than a teenage boy, for instance. Ensure they have more iron-rich food like spinach, broccoli, and poultry. Teens generally require more B vitamins for good health. These include folic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, and niacin for a functioning brain and nervous system.

  • No matter what the age of your child, they learn what they live. You need to provide a healthy food environment based on whole foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and a lean protein source.
  • Increased riboflavin can help improve energy production, just as niacin does. Niacin also can boost skin health. Thiamin aids in muscle and nerve functions.
  • A lot of brain development takes place during the teen years. A healthy diet should include nutrients like folic acid, zinc, and iron for improved concentration and memory.
  • Don’t forget fiber. The need for fiber is far higher in teenagers than it is in adults. Fiber can come from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. It can help prevent digestive issues and nurture a healthy gut microbiome.

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The Best And Worst Low-Carb Foods

The Best And Worst Low-Carb Foods

Whether you’re talking about carbs, protein, or fat, there are good options and bad ones. Some of the best and most nutritious foods can be low carb, but so can some of the worst foods. People across the nation, even in Irvine, CA, are searching for ways to improve their health, while cutting carbs and boosting nutrition. Many have turned to low carb diets but forget that just eating fewer carbs isn’t enough. You need improved nutrition to be your best.

What’s a carb?

Most people understand that a carb is a micronutrient, but that’s about it. They’re the fuel for the body that is the basis for glucose that’s used as immediate energy or stored for later in the form of fat. There are three primary types of carbohydrates, sugar, starch, and fiber. Simple sugars are easy for the body to digest and enter the bloodstream quickly, but complex ones take longer. Starches also take a while to break down and enter the bloodstream. Humans can’t digest fiber at all, but the microbes in the gut can digest some types, and while doing so, create important nutrients for the body.

Stick with healthier options, not highly processed low-carb foods.

A healthy keto diet should contain whole foods devoid of many chemicals and unhealthy fat options. While saturated fat can be a healthy option, too much in your diet can negatively affect your health. Prepackaged foods identified as keto snacks or meals, are often high in saturated fat. Diet sodas are low carb, but it doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Studies show that people consuming more diet soft drinks have a larger waist circumference. That means they have more visceral fat, the unhealthiest type.

There are many healthy low-carb whole foods.

Choose above-ground fruits and vegetables like celery, cucumbers, and peppers for snacks. You can even make a dip from sour cream or cream cheese. These options provide fiber–a carb not digested by the body but necessary for good health, and a host of other nutrients. Nuts are another healthy snack. When choosing protein, opt for products from animals that are organic, free-range, and pastured. Stick with whole foods, especially those with plenty of fiber.

  • Avoid highly refined products even if they say low-carb or keto-friendly on the package. Often the sugar is replaced with sugar alcohol and contains ingredients that cause inflammation.
  • Processed meat, low-carb pasta, or processed flour-based foods often are filled with chemicals, as are low-carb pre-made meals. Switch out pasta for eggplant lasagna, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles.
  • Nothing is more delicious than a steak topped with mushrooms sauteed in butter. It’s also a healthy low-carb option. Serve with asparagus or broccoli, a leafy green salad, and berries in whipped cream.
  • When choosing nuts as a snack, remember to choose ones lower in carbs. Brazil nuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts are far lower in carbs than cashews or pistachios.

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Should You Worry About Hormones In Food?

Should You Worry About Hormones In Food?

Organically grown food has become more and more popular. One of the reasons is the potential for hormones in food. Farming has changed dramatically in the past 100 years. Farmers now use new techniques to create higher egg or milk production or to grow faster to maturity. Salmon, for instance, has been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as their counterparts. It took 20 years to get the right to sell these fish from the FDA. While the FDA said they were safe in 2012, there’s still debate whether this genetic change that increased the hormones in the fish or the hormones given to other animals are safe.

Farmers feed cows’ hormones to increase their size and boost production using less feed.

Unless you purchase organic meat, the chances are, you’re getting a dose of hormones every time you eat a burger. Eighty percent of cows in the US have had some type of hormone injection, whether it’s for increased milk production or to bulk up their size. The amount may be small, but the exact effect on humans still needs further study. Many foods from the US have been banned in Europe due to the hormones they may contain. Milk from dairy cows treated with BGH or rBST hormones isn’t allowed in the European Union. Meat from cows and pigs that are given ractopamine, which increases growth and lean muscle is also banned by Europe, Russia, and China.

The Food and Drug Administration says most hormones are natural and not a problem.

Animals are often given at least one of three common hormones, estradiol, testosterone, and progesterone. These are considered natural since they’re found in humans. Other hormones given to cattle include Trenbolone, melengestrol, and zeranol, which are chemically created especially for animals. While the FDA says the amount isn’t substantial, so they aren’t harmful, there’s still an ongoing debate as to their safety.

Some studies show reasons for concern.

Recombinant bovine growth hormone—rBGH—increases milk production. While it doesn’t affect people directly, it does indirectly. It can increase IGF-1, a growth factor that’s similar to insulin when people consume rBGH. The IGF-1 mimics human growth factor. Increased amounts in the body also increase the risk of prostate, breast, and other forms of cancer. It also increases the risk of diabetes.

  • Sex hormones found in cattle may take their toll on children. The hormones are primarily estrogen. Some scientists believe that ingesting the increased hormone may account for the earlier onset of puberty in children today.
  • The use of rBGH has dramatically reduced since public demand has changed. People want more meat products that are hormone and antibiotic-free. The demand has grown substantially, which will ultimately change farming practices.
  • Few long-term studies exist, so the effect of hormones in milk and meat products on children is not fully understood. Adverse effects may be delayed until their adult years, including on children whose mothers drank milk containing rBGH while they were pregnant.
  • If you’re concerned about antibiotics or hormones in your food, opt for animal products from pastured animals. Studies show that milk and meat from pastured animals have heart-healthy benefits and eggs from pastured hens are more nutritious.

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Can Smoking Affect Your Weight Loss?

Can Smoking Affect Your Weight Loss?

Just like most fitness and health issues, the connection between smoking and weight loss varies dramatically from individual to individual. I’ve heard all types of stories from clients at Next Level Fitness in Irvine, CA, which included gaining weight when people quit smoking to people finding it easier to lose weight when they quit. The truth is every person has their own unique experience. Some studies show people who smoke heavily are more likely to be obese. Other studies show that when people quit smoking, they gain weight. What are the reasons for such diverse findings?

Obesity and smoking go hand-in-hand.

While the average smoker may weigh less on average than people who have never smoked, not every smoker is thin. People who smoke more cigarettes daily tend to weigh more than people who aren’t heavy smokers. If smoking made people thin, heavy smokers would weigh far less than others. Studies show obesity and smoking may be genetic predispositions. Smokers may have a bigger waistline. Some believe it’s a gene variant that causes the larger waist circumference and belly fat. Others believe it’s from smoking, which triggers the release of cortisol that may cause an increase in waist circumference.

Does quitting smoking cause weight gain?

If you quit smoking, you may gain weight, at least for a while. Studies show one of every four people who quit smoking never gains a pound, plus they can breathe easier, making it easier to exercise. Other studies compared people who quit to those who continued to smoke. During a five-year study, people who quit gained 5.7 pounds more than those who continued to smoke. It was the average and people who were heavier smokers gained the most. Most of the weight gain occurred in the first three months of quitting.

Does smoking speed up your metabolism?

Most people who smoke feel a little buzz when they first light up, especially if there is a significant time between cigarettes. It’s true that smoking boosts the metabolism, but not enough to make a big difference. What smoking does is keep your hands busy and gives you a boost of dopamine and other chemicals that reduce the desire to eat. Some smokers eat less and smoke instead of eating, which is why they’re thinner.

  • Quitting smoking doesn’t make it harder to lose weight if you make lifestyle changes and stick with them. Whether you’re a smoker, a former smoker, or never a smoker, it’s all about developing healthy habits.
  • The results of several studies showed approximately 16% of the people who quit didn’t gain weight, but lost weight. On the other end of the spectrum, 13% gained more than 22 pounds.
  • Smoking does affect your sense of smell, which then affects your sense of taste. When you quit smoking, food tastes better. It’s much like giving up sugar, which makes naturally sweet food taste sweeter.
  • Following a program of regular exercise and a healthy diet can help prevent any potential weight gain and make quitting smoking easier. Exercise can increase dopamine, which is similar to the boost experienced when smoking.

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Can Rosacea Be Managed By Diet?

Can Rosacea Be Managed By Diet?

If you have rosacea, you’re not alone. It’s a common skin condition that can vary in severity that ranges from a blush to visibly enlarged blood vessels that distort appearance. It can affect many areas of the body, but most commonly affects the nose, cheeks, and neck. It produces enlarged blood vessels on the face that may look like a blush or be significant enough to create a bulbous nose. Small pus-filled bumps on the skin and burning, inflamed eyelids are two other potential symptoms. Each case is different and so is the treatment. Management includes tracking triggers, like diet, stress, or weather.

How does diet play a role in rosacea?

There are a variety of culprits that scientists believe may cause rosacea. An imbalance in the gut microbiome is one. Boosting the good microbes and limiting the population of unhealthy ones may be one way to cause symptoms to subside. Finding foods that trigger an outbreak starts by keeping a food diary. Food that causes inflammation or that dilates blood vessels may be culprits. For some, it’s spicy food. Studies show that spicy food was a trigger in approximately 75% of the cases in females. Spicy food includes food that contains capsaicin, which causes the skin to warm. It includes certain spices, such as oregano and cilantro, and hot peppers.

Other common trigger foods to avoid.

The bulbous nose often associated with rosacea is also associated with the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol is probably the most significant dietary factor. Consumption doesn’t have to be significant, even small amounts can trigger a reaction. It can occur from hard liquor, wine, or beer. Liquor isn’t the only beverage that causes flare-ups. Hot drinks like coffee, hot chocolate, and tea can also start the blushing and redness. Even foods containing cinnamaldehyde, normally associated with cinnamon, but also found in tomatoes, chocolate, and citrus fruits, can trigger flushing.

Increasing intake of certain foods can help reduce flare-ups.

If rosacea is caused by an imbalanced gut microbiome, rebalancing the microorganisms can help. That starts with consuming fiber-rich foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These act as prebiotics to aid in increasing beneficial bacteria. Consuming more probiotic foods, like kefir, sauerkraut, and yogurt can also help. Eating food that contains healthy fat, like salmon or other fatty fish, or using zinc sulfate supplements can help.

  • One survey taken in 2005 found that of the 78% of sufferers who made dietary changes, 95% of them reduced the symptoms caused by rosacea.
  • Besides observation using a food diary leading to the belief gut health plays a role in rosacea, one study found that digestive problems, like IBS, SIBO, celiac disease, and IBD were common in people with rosacea.
  • Certain medications may also cause flare-ups. Blood pressure medication, niacin—B3–supplements, and certain topical steroids may trigger them.
  • Other rosacea triggers include exposure to sunlight, stress, weather extremes, and certain skincare products. Limiting sun exposure and adjusting skin care routines to minimize irritations can help.

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Will Antibiotics Help With Gut Health?

Will Antibiotics Help With Gut Health?

The term gut health has become more popular, but most people don’t know exactly what it means. It’s all about the balance of microbes in the gut—the gut’s microbiome. Most people think of the stomach immediately when talking of gut health, but it’s more about the microbes in the small and large intestines. The microbiome is made up of fungi, yeast, viruses, and bacteria. Its size is estimated to be in the100s of trillions. A lot of things affect gut health. They include your overall health, certain medications, diet, and antibiotics. Not only can an unhealthy combination of microbes cause illness, but it can also affect your mental health.

Antibiotics can kill all types of bacteria, including beneficial types.

Antibiotics can cause an imbalance in the microbiome of the gut, indiscriminately killing all bacteria and leaving yeast to flourish. That can cause Candida and also lead to SIBO. A broad-spectrum antibiotic kills both beneficial and pathogenic bacteria, leaving an imbalance in the intestines. If there’s a void or imbalanced state, it provides the perfect opportunity for harmful bacteria to take over. That can lead to SIBO, an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestines.

Ironically, what causes the problem may help the problem.

If antibiotics caused SIBO, you might be surprised to find antibiotics are often the recommended cure. Unlike the original offender, these antibiotics specifically target the offending bacteria, allowing the beneficial bacteria to resume its place of power. Some symptoms of SIBO include nausea, gas, abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, diarrhea, and abdominal distension.

If you’re taking an antibiotic, prevent problems by making these changes.

Candidiasis—a yeast overgrowth—can be prevented if you’re taking antibiotics and treated if you already have a problem. One of the most significant ways is to add probiotics to your diet or take a probiotic supplement. Probiotic foods include kefir, yogurt, kimchi, miso, and sauerkraut. Consuming prebiotics—plant fiber—feeds beneficial bacteria and enhances the rebalancing of the microbiome. Cutting sugar from your diet, which encourages the growth of yeast, and highly processed food also helps.

  • Stress can create an imbalance, so learning to manage stress can make a big difference in your microbiome health. Stress can be psychological, but environmental stress can also play a role.
  • Being active and exercising regularly can also aid in maintaining gut health. Studies show that athletes have a wider diversity of gut flora than those who aren’t athletes.
  • Don’t forget to get adequate sleep. Not only does a change in your sleep habits, like going to bed late or sleeping late, cause an imbalance, too little sleep also has an effect on your microbiome. If you’re taking antibiotics, make sure you stick with a sleep schedule.
  • Antibiotics can play both a positive role and negative role in gut health. The best way to avoid damage to your gut microbiome is to carefully monitor antibiotic usage and understand they do nothing for viral infections. Living a healthy lifestyle can reverse the antibiotic effects when it’s necessary to take them.

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