Nutritionist Lucy Williamson has shared some top tips for improving gut health.


Nutritionist Lucy Williamson has shared some top tips for improving gut health.

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  • Nurturing your gut health is key to fighting stress.
  • Nutritionist Lucy Williamson shares top tips for improving gut health.
  • These include a healthy diet, exercise, and taking regular breaks. 

Nutritionist Lucy Williamson has shared some top tips for improving gut health to mark Stress Awareness Month.

Get more rest and work on your sleep quality

"Our body heals as it sleeps, and our gut health also thrives when we're at rest.

Eat well

Aim to eat 30 different types of plant-based foods every week to nourish gut health and ensure a good intake of natural antioxidants -- "micronutrients" in plants nourish our gut bacteria and help with everyday natural detox too.

"This isn't as hard as it may sound; the '30 target' includes herbs and spices, as well as fruits and veg."

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Don't rush

Take time to enjoy food slowly and with good company.

"This gives our body time to digest properly. Even before we eat, our mouth is already starting to prepare our digestive system by producing saliva.

"A stressed gut is an unhappy gut."

Take a break

Taking regular breaks to reduce tension is great.

"A short meditation or a box breathing exercise can be really helpful -- breathing more slowly and deeply greatly helps to relieve stress."

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Keep moving

Take regular exercise breaks.

"Just half an hour of brisk walking each day will help."

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