All Disease Begins in the Gut. Feed It Well.
Why Is a Healthy Gut So Important?
Gut health has become all the rage lately and is widely discussed and studied. But, do you really understand all the hype? It may be time that we all start listening to what is now being called our “second brain” (otherwise known as our gut) and what it’s trying to tell us on a daily basis.
Gut health refers to the balance of micro-organisms that live in the digestive tract. Healthy bacteria and immune cells are the main components of a healthy gut that ward off infectious agents like bacteria, viruses and fungi. In addition, a healthy gut also communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones, which aids in maintaining overall health and well-being.
Diet and lifestyle factors, including poor sleep quality, alcohol consumption and inactivity, can harm your gut bacteria. Alternatively, living a healthy lifestyle characterized by regular physical activity, low stress and a variety of whole foods is the best way to ensure a healthy gut flora.
So, how do you keep your gut healthy?
- Aim to eat whole, unprocessed foods with plenty of fiber. For example, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. In addition, eating foods high in probiotics like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, tempeh, kimchi, pickles, kefir and miso add beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your gut.
- Leave all junk food and high levels of processed sugar behind.
- Some of us may experience food sensitivities which can dramatically affect the gut, therefore trying an elimination diet such as cutting out gluten, dairy, yeast, corn, soy and eggs for a week or two may shed some light on symptoms you may be experiencing.
- Take digestive enzymes with your food.
- Taking a probiotic is very beneficial in adding healthy bacteria to your ecosystem.
- To help with inflammation in the gut, take extra omega 3 fat supplements.
- Supplements like glutamine and zinc are nutrients that are useful in healing the gut.
What can we experience when we heal the gut?
- Better moods
- Hormonal balance
- Reduced inflammation & pain
- Better energy
- Fewer food sensitivities
- Enhanced resilience to stress
- Less anxiety and depression
- Clearer skin
- Reduced seasonal allergies
- Lower risk of disease
- Improved cognitive function
- Improved absorption of critical nutrients
Good gut health has been linked to pretty much every organ in the body including the heart, skin and brain. Have you shown your gut some love today?
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