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Tips To Start 2023 With a Healthy Gut

Introduction

New year, new you. Or at least that's what we keep telling ourselves every January. But sometimes it's challenging to remember how to take care of yourself when life gets busy and your schedule is jam-packed with work, family obligations, and social events. That's why we've assembled some simple tips to help you stay healthy in the new year:

Exercise

Exercise is a smart way to start the year off right. Not only does it help with your physical health and immune system, but exercise also helps with mental health and overall well-being.

  • Exercise can help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Taking time to work out on a regular basis can increase overall happiness by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is known as the “feel good” hormone because it produces feelings of pleasure and satisfaction when released into the body during exercise or other activities that cause positive emotions such as eating delicious food or spending time with loved ones.
  • Exercise has been shown to improve sleep quality by reducing insomnia symptoms caused by stress, anxiety, or depression. Sleep deprivation has been linked to increased appetite which makes it more difficult for people who suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia or restless leg syndrome (a condition where one feels an overwhelming urge to move their legs). Regular physical activity helps regulate hormones related to hunger so you won't feel hungry all day long after opting for a run at night before bedtime.

Eat vegetables

Vegetables are healthy for you and contain many nutrients, including fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. They help with digestion as well as weight loss. Vegetables are also low in calories so you don't have to worry about overdoing it on your diet. They can be cooked in a variety of ways too!

Get more sleep

Do you know how you feel after a full night's sleep? You're refreshed and ready to take on the day. But what if you don't get enough sleep? According to research from the National Sleep Foundation, not getting enough sleep can put your health at risk—it increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, affects your ability to learn and remember information, increases irritability, impairs concentration and decision-making skills, makes it more difficult to lose weight…and the list goes on. The good news is that there are things we can do (or avoid) in order to help us achieve better rest at night:

  • Get into a routine so your body knows when it should start winding down for bedtime. This might mean reading at the same time each night or listening to soothing music before turning off all electronic devices. This will ensure that they don't interfere with sleep patterns during the evening hours.
  • Stick with an early bedtime no matter how tired you feel! If it takes some time for this change in schedule to become comfortable (and make sure you're getting enough exercise during daylight hours), try taking naps during the day instead of sleeping late into the afternoon where possible."

Don't smoke

You may want to consider quitting smoking. You'll look better and feel healthier, and you'll also help your body work more efficiently. Smoking is linked to lung cancer and heart disease, as well as respiratory problems like asthma. It can also lead to diabetes, infertility, and strokes.

Relax more

You shouldn't have to be an expert to start relaxing more, but it's worth noting that the benefits of relaxation are many. Research has shown that when you relax, your heart rate and blood pressure drop, your body releases natural painkillers like endorphins, and your central nervous system becomes more calm.

Relaxation techniques include deep breathing exercises (inhale through the nose while holding out a long exhale as long as possible), visualization (think of a place or the person who makes you feel relaxed), meditation (focus on one thing in order to clear your mind), guided imagery (think about what it would be like if everything were okay), progressive muscle relaxation (relax each part of the body from head to toe), or even simple things like taking baths or reading fiction books instead of nonfiction ones for fun!

Avoid stress

Avoid stress. Stress has been shown to cause digestive problems, anxiety and depression, headaches and back pain, poor sleep and a host of other symptoms. Stress can also make you eat more unhealthy food or drink more alcohol than usual.

Make time for yourself

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, it's important to take time for yourself. As a busy person, this can be difficult to do. If you're having trouble setting aside time for yourself, try making regular appointments with yourself and honoring those appointments as much as possible. It's also wise to try not to let stress or anxiety get the best of you over the next few weeks!

Health is a gift, and you should try to keep it.

Health is a gift, and you should try to keep it.

  • You can get more exercise, eat better, and relax more.

Conclusion

There isn't a "one size fits all" solution to keeping your gut healthy. Everybody is different, and there are many factors that could influence how well you do in this quest. But with these tips, we hope that you'll be able to start making some changes today! While they may not seem like much at first glance, they're all small steps toward bettering yourself and keeping your body happy for years to come.



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