Seven Ways To Improve Your Gut Health
Do you know that your gut is known as your second brain and there are ways to improve your gut health? I was surprised to hear that but not as shocked when I listened to the doctor explain my son’s damaged gut ecosystem. I needed to find out how to improve your gut health asap.
You see as a young adult my son suffers tremendously mainly because he has chronic asthma and the medicine that keeps him alive day in and day out is also destroying his health!
Your gut guides your overall health, it’s the center of your well-being, and by that, I mean your mental and physical health. It’s no wonder that if you have digestive issues, this one aspect will impact your entire vigor and stamina.
Not everyone who has a digestive issue has a “leaky gut” like my son, and not everyone will need to go on a month long elimination diet.
But most of us will benefit from some changes in our diet especially if you suffer from obesity, diabetes, allergies, autoimmunity, depression, cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia, eczema, and asthma.
Your second brain can impact the health of disease.
The links between chronic illness and an imbalanced microbiome (or gut bacteria) keep growing every day. So, having a healthy gut is bigger than just a little heartburn or bloating.
Your gut became central to your whole health and connected to everything that happens in your body. So, focus your energy on your digestive health and watch in amazement how you start to feel better…
What is going on in your gut?
Your stomach holds trillions of bacteria, some of it is good and some of it bad. We need bacteria to process our food, fight disease and produce nutrients. We need a suitable balance of bacteria, but when the bad takes over the good, there is a raging war occurring on your turf.
The bad bacteria will cause problems like infection and inflammation. Why is this bad? It’s bad because this imbalance causes health issues such as candida, allergies, headaches, arthritis, constipation, depression, and autoimmune diseases.
The food you eat can improve your gut health
Lend your tummy a hand by feeding it whole based food that is nutrient dense. Also, start or continue to practice a healthy lifestyle that supports the good bacteria and keeps the harmful ones at bay.
Interestingly, about 60-70 percent of your immune system lives in your gut, so you want to make sure you have the correct balance of good to bad. The only thing standing between your gut and your blood stream is healthy bacteria that lines your stomach wall.
Seven ways to improve your gut health
- Eat unprocessed, unrefined foods. One of the best ways to maintain gut health includes saying sayonara to sugar and refined carbs and increase gut-supporting fiber.
- Take a probiotic supplement daily. A probiotic will boost the good bacteria in your gut and keep the bad ones away.
- Eat probiotic foods such as fermented foods. Fermented foods contain a significant amount of good bacteria. Sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, and miso contain good amounts of probiotics so your healthy bacteria can get happy and multiply.
- Eat prebiotic whole foods. These food include plant-based, fiber-filled foods like raw onion, garlic, nuts, artichokes, and bananas.
- Remove inflammatory fats from your diet. These fats, such as vegetable oil, are loaded with Omega 6 and are not good for you at all. Replace these with healthier oils like extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
- Add more coconut to your life. Studies demonstrate anti-inflammatory and weight loss benefits from adding Medium Chain Triglyceride or MCT oils according to Dr. Hyman. One of my favorite fats, coconut oil, and coconut butter, contains these fabulous fat-burning MCTs.
- Drink lots of water. Did you know a good rule for staying hydrated is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day? Your gut needs water to flush the bacteria and waste through your digestive system, which prevents bloating and constipation.
Let’s sum up how to improve your gut health.
The recommendations above are not miracle cures. But following these guidelines will lead to normalizing gut function and flora through diet, increased fiber, daily probiotic supplementation, and the use of nutrients that repair the gut lining. Why wouldn’t you give it a try?
My program Hello True Food digs in deep into the wellness health plan that is necessary to battle and win the leaky gut problem.
Wishing you happiness & health,