There is no shortage of nutrition and health-related resolutions at the start of each year. Eat better, exercise more, sleep longer, and while all of these things are important, what is even more helpful is assigning specific parameters for each goal. The who, what, where, when, why and how applied to each goal makes you more likely to follow through compared to setting a very broad goal without thinking through the steps to get there. For instance, “I want to lose weight” is a very broad goal, but you can make it more specific by saying “I want to lose 1 pound per week by exercising 5 times a week and reducing my dinners out to 1 per week”. See how the more specific goal can help set you up for success? One way to do this is with S.M.A.R.T goals, where each letter in the acronym will help you think through your goal in more detail. For example:
Goal: eat better to improve digestive health
Specific: Increase the amount of pro- and prebiotics consumed in order to improve digestive regularity and reduce constipation and, potentially, future digestive disease.
Measureable: You can measure this by paying attention to bathroom habits and noting improvements in digestive symptoms, like bloating, distention and abdominal discomfort.
Achievable: Yes! You can definitely improve your digestive health by increasing dietary probiotics and consuming enough prebiotics to help them flourish.
Relevant: Digestive health is absolutely relevant to overall body health and well-being.
Timed: You may see your digestive symptoms improve in a couple of days, or, over several weeks as your “good” bacteria build up with the help of prebiotics.
True to the statements above, focusing on prebiotics is one of the best ways to improve the quality of your nutrition because it has a cascading effect, meaning, improving gut health can positively influence many different processes in the body. Although humans cannot digest prebiotic fiber, it is fermented and serves as food for beneficial probiotics in the gut, specifically in the large intestine. These probiotics play a number of important roles in your body, none of which can be fulfilled unless the probiotics have ample prebiotics available.
While you can consume prebiotics through foods, like legumes, chicory and oats, one of the most convenient ways is through the BiomeBliss supplement. Providing 20% of your daily fiber need, this prebiotic supplement is versatile, made from quality ingredients and DELICIOUS.
Do yourself a favor in 2020, and pay more attention to your gut, choosing food and supplements that benefits you and limit those that detract from your digestive health. Pick up your BiomeBliss here and let me know how you incorporate it into your daily routine!
Melissa is a registered dietitian living and working in NYC for over a decade. While she is a dietitian by profession, Melissa believes that being healthy does not just mean from a dietary perspective. To her, health encompasses eating nutritious foods, exercising, and balancing mental well-being.