We all know how to take care of our gut linage. Eating properly, consuming fermented foods, and even taking the right supplements, all seem like enough effort. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that the effect on the microbiome can come from the most unlikely things, such as weather and temperature.
Summer Heat & Gut Bacteria
According to recent , the summer heat can actually increase the permeability of the gut lining. These studies tested on animal gut microbiomes revealed that high-temperature exposure increases gut permeability and allows toxins to pass through the stomach lining.
In addition, high temperatures can actually cause the bad bacteria in our guts to expand resulting in an increased likelihood of gastrointestinal infections and can trigger or worsen symptoms such as diarrhea and bloating.
So, If you’ve noticed that you’ve been experiencing increased bloating, wind, or any other of the symptoms of an upset stomach, seasonal heat could actually be the reason behind it.
Supporting Your Microbiome During The Summer
All these might sound like bad news in the midst of hot melting weathers, however, there are still a few things that you can do to support your gut microbiome amidst this all:
Drink Water: Besides keeping your body hydrated, water is key to supporting your gut. Water hydrates the membranes of your gut linage. These membranes are the ones in charge of passing nutrients and blocking toxins from your bloodstream.
So if you are dehydrated, besides setting yourself up for constipation, you are also risking your microbiome and overall health.
Increase Probiotic Intake: Nourishing your gut bacteria is key. Drinking kombucha, increasing your greens, and taking probiotics are great ways to support your gut.
Sleep Well: Besides messing up with your hormones, sleep deprivation can also wreck your gut. Lack of sleep increases toxins change your gut microbiome and can increase your chances to get a leaky gut. So improving your sleeping patterns is key to supporting your gut and immune system.
Stay Chill: Stop stressing. Besides messing up with your hormones, stress affects your microbiome. Stress can affect digestion and the nutrients that the intestines absorb. Gas production related to nutrient absorption may increase. In addition, stress makes your gut barrier weaker, which can also set your gut up for leakage.
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