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In human anatomy, the intestine is also known as the bowel or gut. It is that part of the gastrointestinal tract that extends from the pyloric sphincter of the stomach to the anus. The gut is a part of our digestive system. As such, it works hand in hand with other organs to ensure that the nutrients in the foods and drinks we consume are broken down to bits that the body can easily absorb and use for growth, energy and cell repairs. Now, we cannot see the gut because it is an internal body organ but we can take care of it and we can monitor it to know if it’s functioning well. One way to do this is to look at the shape, colour, consistency, frequency and ease of our poop. If our periodic checks reveal that all is well with our gut, we need to do our part to ensure that things remain that way. Below are six ways that we can take care of our gut.

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  1. Eat Healthy Meals:
If you want to improve your gut health then, you should reduce the quantity of processed meals that you consume. These processed meals are broken down easily into sugar and this can negatively affect your gut health. Eat more fresh meals. Make fruits and vegetables a vital part of your meals. It’ll help keep your bowel movement regular and it’ll lower the risk of constipation. Also, eat whole grains, beans, and legumes. They all play a role in boosting gut health.

2. Chew your Food Properly:

Eating food quickly once in a long while is not a problem. But if you’ve made a habit of wolfing down food, then, my dear, I’ll advise you to unlearn this habit. I have two reasons for this. The first is that one tends to consume more when one eats food quickly. This may eventually cause weight management issues for the consumer. Secondly, when food is consumed quickly, it may not be chewed properly; in some cases, it may not even be chewed at all. Now, the process of digestion begins in the mouth. If the mouth fails to perform its function, more work is created for the rest of the digestive organs.

3. Stay Hydrated:

How many glasses of water have you taken today? Now, are you aware that we are all encouraged to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day? Water aids digestion by helping to break down the nutrients in the food we’ve consumed. Besides, those who drink water frequently experience less digestive issues like bloating and constipation.

4. Watch Your Alcohol Consumption:

Most of us can’t go a day without alcohol. Some of us cannot relax or have fun without it either. But research indicates that a strong link exists between alcohol and poor gut health. Thus, you may want to stick with the current health recommendation of one day, one alcoholic beverage for women and one day, two alcoholic beverages for men. This will go a long way in promoting good gut health.

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5. Eat Foods that are Rich in Polyphenols: Polyphenols are a type of compound that is naturally found in plant foods like cocoa, beans, nuts like almonds and walnut, red onions, and green tea. These compounds give colour to fruits and vegetables. They also aid digestion by supporting the growth of good bacteria while driving off harmful ones.

6. Cut Down your Sugar Consumption:

The average Nigerian does not read labels. They either buy brands that do more PR or those that offer tastier foods. As a result, they unknowingly consume a large quantity of added sugar daily. The bad news is that these refined sugar break down the lining in the gut. They promote the growth of bad bacteria too. The resulting imbalance in gut flora can cause inflammation, constipation and other negative digestive health issues.

In conclusion, if you want to take better care of your gut, you’d have to be intentional about the things you consume.


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This article was first published on 4th April 2022


Udevi, Obiamaka Angela holds a Master of Arts degree in History & International Studies. She's a freelance writer with a passion for food and healthy living. She can be contacted through her email address,

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