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I'm a Nutritionist and This is #1 Tip You Need to Know if You are 20s and 30s

Your habits may be impacting your gut health, says an expert. 
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You are what you eat, but also how you sleep. Sam Tahan (@sam.tahan) is a nutritionist and wellness influencer who regularly shares helpful health hacks with her followers. According to the founder of The Well Society, prioritizing your gut health is one of the most important components of overall health, and it involves more than just eating the right foods. "Girlies in their twenties and thirties, listen," she says at the start of the clip. She goes on to reveal an interesting relationship between sleep and gut health. 

Sleep Hormones and Your Gut Are Connected

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According to Sam, there is a direct relationship between sleep hormones and digestion. "Melatonin and your gut are like this," she says. 

Lack of Sleep Negatively Impacts Your Gut

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Sam maintains that sleep issues often lead to gut health problems. "If you aren't sleeping enough, you're going to sleep late, not getting enough sleep, not making enough melatonin, you're going to have stomach problems probably," she claims. 

Her Top Tip: Fix Your Sleep

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This is why you need to focus on your Zs before anything else. "Number one thing that I can tell you is to fix your sleep. Before you do anything else wellness related, fix your sleep," she recommends. 

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Sleep Impacts "Every Single Cell in Your Body"

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The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, elaborates on the relationship between sleep and gut health. "Sleep affects every single cell in your body. It is just as important as air, food, and water," she says. 

Your Body Produces Melatonin

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And, you don't have to take a melatonin supplement – your body produces it. "Melatonin is released by the pineal gland in the brain in response to darkness," she explains. 

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Research Backs Up the Claims


There is some research backing up her claims. One April 2023 study published in BMC Gastroenterology found melatonin effectively treats IBS, improving IBS scores, gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, and quality of life in IBS patients.

💪🔥Body Booster: If you are struggling with your gut health, take a good look at your sleep habits. Try improving them for one week and see if it makes a difference. 

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more