Brand New Beauty – Gut Health

For this week’s Brand New Beauty topic, I chose to focus on wellness, specifically gut health. I am fairly interested in wellness, and love to stay updated on the new wellness trends. A topic that’s recently been on the rise in the wellness industry is gut health, as I keep finding more and more influencers touch upon it. I’ve decided to dip into it and take the steps to improve my own gut health, after hearing so many people speak strongly on it. Implementing habits to show my gut health love has definitely increased my overall well-being and solved simple wellness problems that I had never found the answer to. 

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, society is now focused on health more than ever, making wellness a booming, trending industry. There have been many wellness trends circulating around, due to social media and lifestyle influencers, and it can be tricky to figure out which wellness trends are nonsense, and which are worth implementing into your daily routine. One term you probably heard of on wellness TikTok recently, maybe “gut health”. You may be wondering just how important gut health is, but there are many benefits to improving your gut health. Doing so is easy, and can be done through small habits, so let’s get into it!

So what is gut health? In short, gut health is the function and condition of bacteria in the GI tract, contributing to many of our bodily functions. Good gut health makes for proper digestion, increasing comfort in our daily lives. Digestive issues are a very common health concern, and getting your gut health in check will significantly improve your digestion. The gut microbiome, which is the organisms inside your gut, are not only connected to immediate gut concerns, such as digestion, but also mental health, mood swings, the immune system, autoimmune diseases, and skin conditions. Poor gut health can have harmful effects on your body and lifestyle, such as creating issues sleeping and causing fatigue- both things we don’t need to worry about as college students. A healthy gut means comfortable living, mentally and physically, and here are some practices to achieve a happy gut. 

If you want to invest in supplements, taking a prebiotic and probiotic is essential to gut health, as both of them will help to balance your gut’s bacteria. It’s easy to confuse the two, but the two function differently to work hand in hand for your gut health. Probiotics are living strains of bacteria that increase the population of good bacteria in your gut, while prebiotics is plant fibers that serve as food for your gut bacteria, allowing the good bacteria to grow. Probiotics are essential for good digestion and keeping your body free of bad bacteria while creating beneficial vitamins. There are a lot of probiotics on the market, and here are some of the best. 

  • The Seed Daily Synbiotic supplement has both a probiotic and prebiotic to support GI and overall whole body wellness.
  • Hum’s “Gut Instinct” provides all the essential strains of bacterias needed in a probiotic at a cheap price point.
  • The Probiotics Kit by Love Wellness will fill all of your gut health goals with three different probiotics 

You can find a plethora of probiotic options in your local health food store, including a cheap option at Trader Joe’s- I’ve been using one for women I picked up from them, and it gets the job done. As for prebiotics, here are some options.

Supplements are an investment each month, as they usually have to be repurchased, which can potentially take a toll on your budget. If you don’t want to incorporate supplements into your budget, many foods contain the essential pre and probiotics. Fermented food and drinks, such as yogurt, pickles, and kombucha contain probiotics and are easy to slip into your diet. Some foods that are high in prebiotics are basic ingredients such as onion, garlic, banana, and whole grains. If you feel like your gut health might need some special treatment, cook yourself a meal full of prebiotics!

Besides pre and probiotics, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to further improve your gut health. Reducing environmental and psychological stress, getting the proper amount of sleep, regular exercise, and avoiding red meat can all contribute to good gut health. Not only will doing these things improve gut health but will also improve your overall mood and wellbeing. 

Remember though, balance is key, and nobody should have to sacrifice the things that make them truly happy, such as a late-night out with friends or their favorite dessert, just to fit into the wellness industry’s standard of good health. Prioritizing both your happiness and inner wellness is key to living a happy, healthy life, and concentrating on your gut health will only help that.