Did you know – your gut bacteria LOVE a good routine? Bacteria like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus rely on you getting enough nutrients1https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k2179, sleep2https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article-abstract/45/6/zsac020/6509073 and exercise3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5357536/. So it’s never too late to start putting in place regular morning habits that will keep your precious gut bugs happy!
Here are our top 4 morning habits to get started with this year:
1. Drink a glass of water 🥛
Staying hydrated is the best way to start your day. It can improve your concentration, energy and reduces pathogenic bacteria in your gut.4https://www.ncoa.org/article/10-reasons-why-hydration-is-important5https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/152/1/171/6395031 Make sure to drink a full glass of water every morning – even before your coffee.
2. Get your Kefir smoothie in 🍹
Kefir is one of the best probiotics available, which can help boost your mood, energy and aid in digestion.6https://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/health-wellbeing/what-are-the-benefits-of-kefir/ It also goes perfectly in a morning smoothie. See what our Gut Health experts add to their morning smoothies here.
3. Move your body 🤸
Exercise is great for your gut microbiome and will help wake you up in the morning. Start your day with a 15-minute yoga stretch or a gentle walk. This will get your digestive system moving too!
4. Fix yourself a nutritious breakfast 🥗
Whether you’re a breakfast person or not – it doesn’t actually matter! The important thing is to make sure that your first meal of the day is packed full of good carbs, protein, fats and fibre. Why not try our Prebiotic Baked Oats to get you started?
Remember that every morning is a new opportunity to work on your gut health. It’s not too late to pick your gut-healthy resolutions for the rest of 2023 🎆
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