Ways to keep healthy through the holiday season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – So often have we hear the advice, “go with your gut,” but the importance of gut-health, especially during the holidays, is underestimated.

There are 100 trillion bacteria in your body, and most of them are in your intestines. What you eat determines what kind of bacteria enters your gut; it needs a lot of TLC, how you treat it, what you put in it will determine your overall health. This morning, Jared Koch from CleanPlates.com stopped by our studio to break it all down for us.

3 key things to keep your gut healthy:

1. More probiotics (and prebiotics)

  • Prebiotics: Indigestible plant fiber that probiotics eat: root veggies, raw garlic, raw onions, slightly green bananas, Jerusalem artichoke (dip)
  • Probiotics: Fermented Foods (yogurt, kefir, kombucha, raw cultured veggies like sauerkraut and pickles and kimchi, cottage cheese, sour cream)

2. Less sugar (sweets, alcohol, cinnamon to balance)

  • Excess sugar in the gut can create an environment for unwelcome bacteria and can cause inflammation and compromised immune systems.

3. Less stress (right balance/mindset, sleep)

About Jared Koch and Clean Plates:

Jared Koch is a certified health coach and nutritional consultant who founded Clean Plates in 2009, which has grown to a lifestyle brand online that offers advice on living a health, whole life to 1.3 million unique readers per month. He is a wellness industry thought leader who speaks frequently on the topic of nutrition and wellness at such organizations as Google, Bank of America, Sony, WellPoint, Merrill Lynch, MTV and Time Warner. He has also appeared on such shows as Access Hollywood, Today in New York, and Good Day LA. Jared believes in offering individuals and groups that are committed to living a more conscious, healthier lifestyle the education, inspiration, resources, and support to be able to do so.

To learn more, go to CleanPlates.com

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