Figuring out how to support your digestive system and knowing the signs of a healthy gut are essential to improving your overall health. After all, having a well-balanced microbiome is linked to living longer, having less anxiety and depression, and having a lower chance of getting chronic diseases.
According to a gastroenterologist, here are 3 positive signs of a healthy gut that you may be overlooking.
3. Your morning routine includes a regular BM
Everyone has different ways to start their day. Maybe you meditate or drink a warm glass of lemon (or lime) water to stay hydrated. Mark Pimentel, MD, an associate professor of medicine and gastroenterology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, says they should all have in common to go to the bathroom.
He says, “People often don’t know what ‘normal’ is when it comes to bowel movements, but you should—in an ideal world—wake up in the morning and have one.” “It’s absolutely critical. We call it a diurnal pattern, meaning it’s on the clock. The physiology of the gut is designed in a way such that when you wake up in the morning, the colon wakes up, contracts, and gets all the material from yesterday in a position in which it can be removed.”