Next time you’re feeling under par, start by examining your intestinal health. While a healthy diet is incredibly important, so is your body's ability to digest and absorb.
As a past chronic fatigue sufferer part of my recovery and transformation to buoyant health, involved addressing what was taking place in my gut.
OUR GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT CONTAINS MICROBIOME, WHICH CONSISTS OF BACTERIA. AND RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THE STATE OF OUR MICROBIAL POPULATION IS LINKED TO THE QUALITY OF OUR HEALTH & WELL-BEING.
Here are 7 steps that you can take to improve your gut health.
Go with your gut instinct - Pay attention to how you feel after you've eaten. Certain foods are more inclined to irritate our digestive tract than others. Typical offenders include: gluten, dairy and sugar. If you suspect something isn’t right for you, then it’s worth eliminating it from your diet for a trial period.
Test one food at a time - to identify what could be contributing to your health or well-being issue. Remove it from your diet for 8 weeks. During this period note any changes or improvements to your physical, emotional and mental well-being.
IF THERE'S A BENEFIT FOR REMOVING A SPECIFIC FOOD THEN FIND ALTERNATIVES TO REPLACE IT WITH. THIS MAY SEEM DRASTIC, BUT REMEMBER IT'S NOT NECESSARILY FOR EVER.
Although clients often tell me that they couldn't go back to their old eating habits once they discover foods and ways that work better for them.
Watch out for returning symptoms if you decide to reintroduce a suspected offender at a later date. You may find the irritant was temporary and related to my next tip.
Find foods that suit you best - This can differ between seasons, shifts in lifestyle patterns, hormonal changes and age. The digestive system is crucial to your overall health and wellbeing, so it’s in your interest to keep it functioning at its best with foods that you can tolerate well.
Hone in on those cravings – Cravings are a sign of a chemical imbalance in your body. If you long for a particular food, then that’s a signal to remove it from your diet.
Choose fresh, whole foods – Eat organic fruit and vegetables where possible to reduce pesticide and chemical consumption. These toxic sprays together with hormones, artificial preservatives and additives in our food are irritants to our intestines.
Make life easier for your digestive system – We take breaks from work to switch off mentally and rest our tired bodies through relaxation and sleep, but there’s rarely any let-up for our poor digestive system. So choose easily digestible foods, chew them well to slow down digestion and don’t over-eat, or graze on snacks throughout the day instead of eating at mealtimes. These simple adjustments will help your digestive system function better.
Take a quality probiotic – It’s a scary thought, but we are made up of more bacteria than human cells. So arm your gut with healthy microbes.
If you use a probiotic that contains sugar you’ll be feeding the bad guys, which will cause more harm and no good. The purpose of taking a probiotic is to promote healthy gut flora and force out unfriendly bacteria. It will also aid proper digestion, nutrient absorption from your food and strengthen your immune system.
Want help to clean up your gut health, Contact Me to learn how you can experience improved digestive harmony and better well-being.
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