Healthy gut is such an ugly sounding term, but the more I read about it, the more it sounds like a surprisingly beautiful thing. As far as I understand it, we’re not as much individual organisms as we are ecosystems. About half of the cells of our bodies aren’t “us”. Instead, they’re bacteria, fungi, yeast, and other microorganisms, most of which aren’t just harmless but are vital to our lives.
Variety in nutrition is as important to being healthy as changing our routines, trying new things, and doing more than moving one part of our body as our workout. I have certain foods that I like a lot, so I find it very easy to slip into a routine of very similar things all the time. However, I also know that if I give myself a range of different ingredients throughout the week, I’ll also be giving my body lots of different nutrients. Still, for me, it’s more than that.
As much as supporting our own nutrition is extremely important, taking too many supplements can do far more harm than good. Importantly, that mistake is easier to make than many of us realize. We – particularly as seniors – want to make sure we’re not missing out on what our bodies need to be at our healthiest. We know what it is to experience aches, pains and other health problems, so if some can be avoided with nutrition, we want to do our best in that area.