Time for a gut reset: Steps for a gut-healthy spring

Flowers are blooming, leaves are unfurling, and the last of the snow is melting: spring is in the air. As nature starts to renew itself, many people do some spring cleaning inside, too. But what about your actual insides? Spring is the perfect time for a gut reset, and Fody (and our low-FODMAP recipes and ingredients) are here to answer all your questions about designing a healthy gut reset. Time to spring clean your microbiome! 

What’s the first step to a gut reset?

Embrace fresh, low-FODMAP foods. Spring is the perfect time to fill your plate with fresh, seasonal produce that won't upset sensitive stomachs. Incorporate low FODMAP fruits and vegetables like strawberries, spinach, carrots, and zucchini into your meals. These gut-friendly foods provide essential nutrients and fiber without triggering digestive issues.

Does hydration promote gut health?

Yes! Hydration is key to maintaining a healthy gut, but what you drink matters. Opt for the best low FODMAP beverages like water, herbal teas, and water infused with cucumber or mint. These options help keep you hydrated without introducing high FODMAP ingredients that may cause discomfort, like those often found in soft drinks and alcohol.

Is fiber important for a gut reset?

Absolutely! Fiber is essential for supporting digestion and promoting gut health, which in turn promotes overall physical health and even mental health! Choose low FODMAP fiber sources like quinoa, oats, brown rice, and seeds like chia or pumpkin. These gut friendly foods help regulate bowel movements and promote a healthy gut microbiome. Wondering why our gut microbiome matters? Check out this article to learn more.

Is sugar bad for your gut health?

To support your gut reset, steer clear of high FODMAP foods and sugary treats that can disrupt digestion. Opt for low FODMAP alternatives to sugar like maple syrup, stevia, or small amounts of dark chocolate for a sweet treat without the discomfort.

Should I use probiotics to reset my gut?:

Probiotic-rich foods can help maintain a healthy balance of beneficial gut bacteria, and can help you successfully reset your gut. Look for low-FODMAP options like lactose-free yogurt or kefir, tempeh, and fermented pickles. These foods provide beneficial bacteria to support digestion and overall gut health.

Does exercise help improve gut health?:

On your marks, get set…take advantage of the spring weather by getting outside and moving your body. Engage in low-impact exercises like walking, gentle yoga, or tai chi to support digestion and reduce stress. Spending time outdoors can also improve mood and overall well-being, improving your overall health, on top of your gut health and your microbiome.

Does mindful eating promote gut health? 

Mindful eating is a valuable tool for supporting gut health, and it’s a good place to start when you’re wondering how to do a gut reset. It’s also simple. Start by slowing down and savoring every bite of your low FODMAP meals, paying attention to hunger and fullness cues. Choose simple, nourishing dishes that are easy to digest, such as grilled chicken with roasted vegetables or a quinoa salad with fresh herbs.

Can my stress levels impact my gut reset?

Yes, managing your stress matters to your gut reset. Chronic stress can negatively impact gut health, and practicing stress-reducing activities like meditation, deep breathing, or spending time in nature can help your overall wellness, mental health and, yes, your gut. Choose  stress-relief techniques that support overall well-being and promote a healthy gut-brain connection.

Our final advice: listen to your body's needs:

Finally, tune in to your body's signals and adjust your diet and lifestyle accordingly. Pay attention to how different foods and activities affect your digestion and overall well-being–that’s the key to a happy, sustainable gut reset. By prioritizing low FODMAP food choices and mindful practices, you can build and support a healthy gut microbiome this spring.

From Fody Foods to you,  here's to a happy and healthy season!

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