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Struggling to get rid of belly fat? Battling with knee pain? Chances are, you’ve got some low-level inflammation.

Inflammation is a necessary part of our immune system — without it, we would not heal. Acute inflammation is the response in your body you might notice when dealing with a cut on the finger or a sprained, swollen ankle. The best part about acute inflammation is that it goes away.

However, our immune system can go a bit haywire and create low-level inflammation that not only stays but spreads throughout the body. Low-grade inflammation is associated with many chronic diseases as well as faster aging and weight gain.

An important component to cultivating optimal health is to reduce low-level inflammation in the body. And what research is now showing is that our gut is the core center of optimal wellness. The health of our gut flora is crucial if you want to live a healthy, vibrant life.

Here are five key steps that will help you create optimal gut health to reverse inflammation in the body and put you on the path to wellness:

1. Power up on probiotics

We have roughly 100 trillion bacteria in our gut. Unfortunately, because of the types of unhealthy foods the majority of people are eating, our gut bacteria balance favors the unhealthy microbes that are promoting inflammation and weight gain.

Cultured and fermented foods like organic yogurt, kefir, natto, kimchee, sauerkraut, pickles, and cheeses, and a probiotic supplement, like Releaf Probiotics, which assist in improving and normalising the microbial balance in the human intestines, actually “plants” healthy, friendly gut microbes in your gut. This reveres inflammation and boosts your overall health.

2. Don’t forget the prebiotics

Like any garden, your gut needs fertilizer AKA prebiotics. Prebiotic foods contain unique nondigestible plant fibers such as inulin and oligofructose that help your healthy bacteria flourish.

Prebiotic-rich foods include garlic, beans, bananas, artichokes, oats, jicama, avocado, leeks, onions, chicory root, asparagus, or any green leafy vegetables. Friendly bacteria need these specific foods in order to thrive and help reverse inflammation.

3. Nourish to flourish

Further support your gut garden with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, which are powerful in reversing low-level cellular inflammation. Add anti-inflammatory herbs and spices to meals or smoothies such as turmeric, rosemary, quercetin, and ginger.

4. Toss out the toxins

Unhealthy gut bacteria feed off processed foods like sugar and refined grains. Removing these unhealthy, toxic foods from your diet will help you feel and look better, while also reversing inflammation.

5. Add enzymes

Enzymes are critical to every cell and every physiological process in your body, including digestion. Unfortunately, our natural enzyme production begins to decline by age 20, so by the time you reach middle age, your body is operating with much lower enzymatic activity. And what is more, even the healthiest of foods are of little use if they are not digested and assimilated properly. Digestive enzymes not only help promote optimal digestion and health, they also help avert inflammation.

Taking care of your gut, and the friendly bacteria that reside there, may be one of the single most important things you can do for your health. Remember to plant, fertilize, and enrich your gut garden to reverse inflammation.

Check out Releaf’s probiotic range that includes a Probiotic 12-strain, Probiotic Active, Probiotic Melt and Probiotic Kids Chews at your local Wellness Warehouse to get your gut garden growing.

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