Exploring the Connection Between Gut Health and Meditation


What is Gut Health

The bacteria and other micro-organisms in your gut are known as your gut microbiome. The bacteria help to break down food, turning it into nutrients your body can use.

Your gut microbiome impacts both your physical and mental health.

Many factors, including the foods you eat, can impact the type and balance of bacteria found in your gut.

Signs of an unhealthy gut


Too little sleep

lack of physical activity

Eating too many ultra-processed foods

Smoking and drinking alcohol

Taking antibiotics

How to improve your gut health

You may be able to improve your gut health through lifestyle and diet changes.

Wholefoods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains and nuts,may prevent the growth of some bacteria linked to diseases and inflammation.

Our lifestyle, for example physical activity, good sleep and stress reduction are also good for gut health.

Gut health and diet

Your gut bacteria are influenced by what you eat. It is important to give them the right fuel to have a balanced gut microbiome.

The best way to maintain a healthy microbiome is to eat a range of fresh, wholefoods, mainly from plant sources like fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts and wholegrains.

Meditation's Effects on Gut Health

Meditation practices, ranging from mindfulness meditation to deep breathing exercises, deliberately induce a state of relaxation and focused attention

Stress is a well-known aggravator of gut dysfunction, impacting gut motility, barrier function, and the microbiome

Meditation, through its stress-reducing effects, can positively influence gut health by modulating these stress-related changes

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