Now is the best time to invest in your health
Adjusting to new living and working arrangements is difficult, but can be a great time to create new, affordable, healthy habits.
Viome shares tips on eating the right superfoods for you in affordable, convenient ways and how to support your gut microbiome to improve your overall wellness.
We’ve all had to quickly adjust to new ways of living, working, and creating new routines to keep healthy. With these changes, we’re also given an opportunity to invest in ongoing wellness for ourselves and our families and create new healthy habits together.
Viome, alongside our 100,000 strong community will be providing tips on eating the right superfoods for you in affordable, more convenient ways, and how to support your gut microbiome to improve your overall wellness.
1. Viome gives you a true guide to your gut
Your gut microbiome needs you to feed it specific foods that give it the fuel to work optimally and help boost health, wellness, immunity, and longevity. Getting precise food and nutrition recommendations (such as our Gut Intelligence™ Test results can give you) tells you exactly what your gut needs.
Discover the foods recommended for your unique microbiome with a Viome Gut Intelligence Test
2. Your gut microbiome can help with your immunity
The latest science reveals that our innate immunity relies on a healthy gut microbiome. Knowing which foods are right for you can help boost your overall wellness so you can take care of those you care about. Healthy gut microbiome activity reinforces the richness and diversity of your gut and supports your gut lining so that it's capable of efficiently fighting off sickness and infection. Read more in this article on microbiome diversity and richness, on our Immunity page, and in other articles on our blog.
3. Avoid expensive fad diets that don’t work
Many people try the latest fad diet (keto, paleo, low calorie, low fat, liquid, etc.) and despite sometimes getting good initial results, it doesn’t work out or causes more harm over time. But—here’s the truth; you haven’t failed with fad diets. Diets have failed you and most likely, your wallet.
Fad diets rarely work because the usually generalized information doesn't take into account your unique microbiome's health history or it's current state. They can be exceedingly expensive, from the endless books, fees for coaches, fake shakes, "personalized" prepared meals, and supplements you may not even need.
Ultimately, when it comes to finding what works for you, you must consult your gut microbiome.
4. Wellness, sleep, and your microbiome
One of the most important commodities for good health and wellness is sleep. You hear it daily from nearly every health report, magazine, or news article. Although making sure you stick to a healthy sleep schedule and aim for 8 hours every day is more than just your typical health “craze,” there is much more to managing your night-time routine. Just as you can influence your waking routine, scientists have determined poor night-time practices, as well as a poor diet, can change your gut flora and put you at risk of insomnia.
5. Use your Viome recommendations to build a superfood pantry and freezer that lasts
Many people have been stocking and eating more staple foods like pasta or canned goods. Fresh, whole ingredients are increasingly coming back into stock, however, and when used in the right way, they can be surprisingly affordable. You can help your gut to properly utilize the nutrients found in these foods by remembering to add in your personalized superfoods. Try a few of these tips:
Alternative organic staples - Underused foods like rutabaga, turnips, swiss chard, cinnamon, and turmeric which may be superfoods for you are often relatively inexpensive.
Shopping strategy - Shopping for fresh organics at discount supermarkets like Aldi, Lidl, and Trader Joes can help you save money and still get amazing personal superfoods.
Read the label - Make sure there are no hidden ingredients from your avoid list and avoid highly processed foods with artificial ingredients, high sugar levels or unhealthy fats.
Add in a fresh superfood - Using healthy pre-prepared foods can be fine, if punched up with a fresh superfood from your personalized list like quinoa, leafy greens, or fresh herbs.
Shop the freezer aisle - Freezing can preserve. vitamins and minerals in fruits and veggies. Frozen food can also reduce food waste both in the supply chain and in your pantry.
Make superfood soups - Start with a superfood veggie (or two), cook with herbs, add in a healthy broth and blend until smooth. Soups can last 3-4 days in the fridge or longer if frozen. Easy and affordable.
6. Healthy recipes and meal planning: Our Viome Community Challenge
Cooking from scratch can be a more efficient way to get the exact nutrients you need and is comparatively less expensive versus eating out, especially when you use versatile meal prepping methods.
Our Gut Intelligence Test has over 100,000 users, and an increasing number of them are contributing to recipe ideas, especially for superfoods they may have only just heard about, or never thought of eating before. The Viome Community and the Viome-Inspired Recipe Group are two great places to start. Keep a lookout for our upcoming Recipe Challenge and submit your own superfood recipes to the community!
8. Fitness habits you can adopt at home
When it comes to athletes, gut bacteria play an even more significant role in how well they perform and how quickly they recover. Eating the right foods can help you maintain and improve your fitness routine. You can find out more about the connections between the microbiome and fitness on our blog.
For versatile, home workouts consider buying a suspension trainer (eg TRX) and battle ropes if you have garage or yard space. If you don't home-gym equipment, check out Fitbod, available in the app store. Catch a full list of helpful, convenient, and even some free fitness opportunities for use at home on our blog!
9. Invest now, save later on healthcare costs
Viewing your personal health as an investment may not be an activity that pays back in immediate dividends, but it will certainly pay off in the future.
Technological advances have made it easier to access health information and created new avenues and platforms for a more balanced, well-rounded life. Investing in your own health is an investment in the health of your community and family. Find out more about the truth on healthcare costs on the Viome blog.
10. High-priced beauty products vs. beauty from the inside out
What does food have to do with skincare, beauty care or healthy aging? Everything!
People will spend sometimes thousands of dollars to overcome acne, find that magic bottle of anti-aging serum, and cure chronic skin conditions. Instead of having to focus on applying chemicals to the skin, there is now rising evidence that the foods you eat can affect overall inflammation and resulting skin conditions. Read more in our blog articles on healthy skin and dermatology.
Our Viome testimonials show people who found that switching to the right foods for their microbiome helped in clearing up skin complaints. You can find some of these on the Viome YouTube channel, or Viome My Story page.
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