Friday, November 3, 2017

Gut Health

When Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut” thousands of years ago, he really was on to something.Talking about gut health is not a sexy topic and many people will not even take the time to read this, however if you feel that you can learn something about your gut health, keep reading!
I hear complaints all the time from people who are struggling with digestive issues and unable to find relief. Many have been given the label of IBS, only to never get to the root cause of what’s really going on. And while digestive issues like cramps, bloating, and acid reflux, are all uncomfortable, they are only symptoms of a larger problem, that if let go can lead to even more serious health issues down the road.
A compromised gut is the breeding ground for inflammation, and as a result can directly impact your overall health, be it physical, mental, or emotional. Whether it be food sensitivities, autoimmune disease and other chronic illness, skin problems, hormonal imbalances, or anxiety and depression, all of these issue can be linked back to poor gut health.
When talking about gut health, it's important to look at the bacterial composition as well as the integrity of the lining. An imbalance of good to bad bacteria can impact the way your body metabolizes food and even increase appetite, among other things. So if you look at it that way, it’s safe to say that an impaired gut can even make it more difficult to lose fat.
Contributors to poor gut health include antibiotic use, chronic NSAID use, environmental toxins, diets high in refined carbs and inflammatory oils and low in fiber, stress, and even over training.
However, by following the steps I mapped out, it is possible to restore proper gut function, or prevent it from even becoming an issue in the first place. Here is what you need to know about repairing your gut health:
1-Eat a variety of fruits and veggies. The more micro nutrients you have in your body, you will have a better chance at creating a positive environment for healthy gut bacteria to do it's job.
2-Eat the right kinds of healthy fats in your diet. You should never be below 30 grams of fat daily for hormone purposes. Try to add in coconut oils, avocado, nut butters and oils.
3-Learn your body and what works well with you. Do you have a gluten intolerance? Do you feel tired and sluggish after eating carbs? How is your energy levels throughout the day? All of these things can be uncovered with experimental dieting.
4-Stress kills, no really it does. Find ways to manage your stress levels and to make sure you are getting adequate sleep. If your body is stressed, it becomes compromised with fight or flight responses. This can link to a higher cortisol production and increase in stress levels. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night is important for recovery and a decrease in stress.
5- Take a probiotic or drink foods that are fermented like Kombucha. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.
If you have any questions on the suggestions I gave, don’t hesitate to ask. This is some important stuff that everyone needs to take seriously. It may not be sexy to talk about but it can make your life a whole lot easier to manage!

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