We hope you had a wonderful time welcoming the new year. With all the partying, foods and drinks to celebrate, it can be overwhelming for your gut.
Here are a few tips to help get your gut back on track:
1. Drink plenty of fluids
With all the festivities, it is easy to have a few more drinks than usual and forget about the water. Increased levels of alcohol intake coupled with our hot Australian summer can put you at risk of dehydration. Make sure you stay hydrated by including plenty of unsweetened, non-alcoholic fluids. Drinking adequate fluids can also help you achieve and maintain healthy bowel movements.
2. Include a variety of fibrous foods
Fibre can help your gut move regularly and comfortably. Some fibres help keep your bowels moving, while others assist with the ease of its movements. Therefore, it is important to include a wide variety of high fibre foods in your everyday diet such as vegetables, fruit, lentils and legumes, wholegrain breads, pasta and grains.
3. Keep moving so your bowels can too
Staying active can help with healthy digestion and reduce symptoms of bloating. This is not limited to only structured exercise. Find ways in your everyday routine to slip in some extra physical activities. For example, park further away from the destination or use the stairs instead of the lift.
4. Restore balance with a probiotic
Changes in our diet can quickly impact the bacteria in our gut. Taking a probiotic can help restore the balance of good and bad bacteria to maintain a healthy digestive and immune system. Drinking 1 bottle of Yakult a day is a tasty way to achieve this.
From all of us at Yakult Australia, we hope you have an AMAZING 2018!