We’re just beginning to understand HOW critical belly bug balance is to our overall health. And if you’re like a lot of folks these days, you’ve already made some moves to support your OWN gut flora.
Things like eating right, including plenty of bacteria-rich foods such as yogurt. As well as taking a daily probiotic supplement.
Which is why you might think you’ve covered your bases. And that you already have the right balance of bacteria in your gut for proper digestion and overall health.
But the truth is, even if you do all of those things… and more… it’s likely still NOT enough.
Because there’s one more vital step you need to take each and every day. A critical task that you need to complete to ensure a healthy population of good bacteria.
The good news is it’s 100 percent free. And even better, it’s 100 percent effortless too. The bad news is that almost NO ONE is doing it right.
I’m talking about sleep.
It turns out most of us are falling short. And the latest research reveals that it can have a significant impact on stomach bacteria and digestive health.
Good sleep linked to better belly bug balance
The new study looked at what’s called microbiome diversity.
In plain talk, that’s the overall balance of the TRILLIONS of tiny creatures living inside every one of us right now. It includes bacteria, viruses, funguses, and protozoa.
Many of the teeny tiny critters are there to help you. You can consider it their way of paying rent.
And in general, the more of these guys you have on board – and the more variety you have – the better off you are.
And that’s because more diversity, in general, means a lower risk of a wide range of health problems including…
- digestive issues
- autoimmune disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
The new study used sleep tracking devices to check on how much time folks spent asleep as well as their sleep quality. And in short, people who got the best sleep also had the healthiest and most “diverse” microbiomes.
The findings help to explain why people who sleep well also have better overall health.
Shield your gut bugs to turbocharge health
If you’re not getting enough quality shuteye, it’s time to get back on track. Natural therapies, such as melatonin, could help.
But when it comes to your microbiome, sleep is just one piece of the puzzle. Just about all the choices we make each day can play a role.
Most of us know taking an antibiotic can wipe out bacteria – including the good bugs –throwing our whole system out of whack. But many folks don’t realize “hidden” antibiotics and chemicals in our food and water can also kill off some of our healthy bacteria.
And as I shared just last week, other drugs – including common meds for everything from heartburn to diabetes – can also wipe out bunches of essential bacteria.
To shield your gut bugs, and turbocharge your health, start with getting better sleep. But don’t stop there.
It’s also important to eat healthier organic foods, filter your water, and work with your doc on non-drug options to treat illnesses whenever possible.