Most of us are familiar with the most popular functions of a HEALTHY GUT like digestion, nutrient absorption & eliminating waste & toxins.
But an unhealthy Gut, imbalanced bacteria and a Gut with more harmful bacteria can cause:
Weight Gain & Obesity
Development of Heart Disease
Blood sugar imbalances and the development of Diabetes
Deterioration of Brain health, increasing chances of conditions like Autism & Alzheimer’s disease
Weaker immune system making it harder for you to fight off short term illnesses as well as chronic conditions like autoimmune disease.
Higher Cancer risks
Psychiatric disorders like depression
Liver & kidney disease & failure
NOT SURE IF YOUR GUT IS HEALTHY? Let’s check out a few COMMON symptoms that if prolonged & gone uncheck may be the symptoms of an Unhealthy Gut:
Your bowel movements aren’t regular.
Infrequent bowel movements are easy to brush off as “normal” for you but passing a stool every day is super important to make sure your body is eliminating toxins and keeping things moving.
Frequent upset stomach, heartburn, gas, and bloating, which all indicate that the gut is having difficulty digesting food and eliminating waste.
Eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and acne. These can all be linked back to the gut (though they can also be caused by other things, so a thorough health evaluation is warranted).
Food intolerances or sensitivities
Are also signs of dysbiosis or imbalanced gut bacteria.
Weakened immunity and/or autoimmune disorders.
Gut bacteria plays a huge role in the strength of our immune system, and research shows that an unhealthy gut can lead to a weakened immune system.
Wanna keep your GUT HEALTHY?
Avoid High sugar diet.
Add pre and probiotics in your diet.
Avoid Repeated exposure to toxins.
Limit the use of antibiotics.
Ready to IMPROVE your GUT HEALH?
Implement a diet that is rich in fiber and probiotics.
Focus on whole foods first, with supplements being secondary.
Fiber rich foods are beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, & veggies and foods rich in probiotics include yogurts, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kombucha.
Avoid, reduce or eliminate processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and foods high in sugar.
These types of foods can contribute to inflammation of the gut and interfere with digestion.
They offer no nutritious value and have no role in a healthy gut.
Reduce & Manage your stress.
Stress can cause a wide variety of conditions, and poor gut health is definitely one of them.
Focus on self-care and boundaries so that your needs are taken care of. You can’t pour from an empty cup!
Improve Sleep Hygiene & Prioritize getting enough sleep.
Adults need between 7-9 hours/night.
You should not operate on less.
Sleep is when the body, including the gut, restores itself.
Avoid distractions while eating, eat slower.
Chew food thoroughly and aim to take at least 20 mins for larger meals,
Doing this helps promote better digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Hydrating supports proper digestion and elimination.
Your goal is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day (i.e.: 150 lb. person would need 75oz, or about 9 cups of fluid per day) to help keep things moving through.
I know it may seem challenging to improve your Gut Health, but it’s really all about clean eating and the 80/20 RULE, and those are the principles I teach in The Food for Fat Loss 30-Day Coaching Group! The next group start June 1st and will help you improve your gut health, quality of life & physique. JOIN NOW!