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Support bacteria. It’s the only culture some people have.
Sorry we aren’t sorry for some duds out there, but at least they have a healthy gut! Do you? It’s time to get really real about your inner workings: your gut (that’s full of healthy bacteria)! Think of it as the dashboard of your body – it controls a lot of functions. It’s vital and you have to take proactive steps to care for it. Your gut is linked to nearly every factor of your health – from immunity to your mood. If you want optimal immunity, digestion, mental clarity, energy, thyroid function and hormonal balance, you must rebuild and maintain your gut health. (Yes – it impacts all of those things!)
Let’s take a quick dive into why a healthy gut microbiome – or gut flora – and functionality is so important. A healthy gut microbiome – those good bacteria and microorganisms your gut calls friends – controls gut health by communicating with intestinal cells, digesting foods and preventing disease-causing bacteria from sticking to intestinal walls. From there, those cells and nutrients from food go on to impact our overall health. So, if your gut isn’t functioning properly, neither will the elements that control most facets of your body. At the same time, if you aren’t giving your gut what it needs to do the job, well, it just isn’t going to do it. So, you see, this is a mutually symbiotic type of relationship.
What are some causes of poor gut health?
- GMOs/pesticide-sprayed foods
- Dietary toxins like wheat, soybean and canola oil
- Diets high in refined carbs, sugars, processed foods, alcohol and coffee
- Diets low in fermented foods (Get that kimchi!)
- Chronic infections (Especially candida/yeast infections.)
- Chronic stress (A stressed-out mind and body usually lead to a stressed-out gut and vice versa.)
- Antibiotics (They wipe out the good bacteria.)
- Birth control pills
So how do we have great gut health? It starts with the foods you eat and how you treat yourself (getting enough rest, finding ways to nurture the calm things in life). Then, we fill the gaps with top-line supplements like probiotics, enzymes and more because we don’t get everything we – and our gut – need directly from the food we eat.
Let’s start to repair, rebuild and flourish together:
- Get rid of foods that damage the gut. You don’t have to do all of this at once. Start by asking yourself, “What can I realistically handle eliminating?” And if that’s one thing at a time, that’s great! Some foods are: coffee (whew, that’ll be tough), alcohol, grains, gluten, fried foods, sugars and legumes. Most people are also sensitive to dairy and eggs, so watch those, too.
- Revive with therapeutic foods. Bone broths, leafy veggies, fermented vegetables, kombucha, hemp, flax and chia seeds, all the fruits, organic meats and seafoods, nuts, and garlic for starters! Just like getting rid of foods, when adding foods into your diet, take it slow and monitor how each new addition impacts your health.
- Repair with healing supplements like digestive enzymes, quercetin, L-glutamine, zinc, fish oil and collagen. Filling the gaps is vital to having a thriving gut. Come visit us to find the right regimen for you! Or, shoot us an email: [email protected]
- Balance with probiotics and prebiotics. Balanced gut flora is key. Your gut needs support from pre and probiotics to build and maintain healthy bacteria and microorganisms for your microbiome. Prebiotics help gut bacteria grow. Probiotics keep the good bacteria healthy and working.
- De-stress! Plain and simple… maybe. We know it’s hard out there right now and life doesn’t really seem to be letting up any time soon. But, we can all try to squeeze 5-10 minutes of time to ourselves each day to do something that calms us and brings us peace. Try some CBD (won’t get you high) or Delta-8 (will get you high) to help you find your zen! Need more info on CBD and D8? Check out our blog HERE.
- If you’ve tried all of these steps and still have issues, we recommend contacting a functional medicine doctor to get tested for possible infections and kick ‘em to the curb! Sibo, candida (yeast), lyme disease, parasites, heavy metals and mold can all negatively impact your gut. If you need a referral, let us know!
Gut it? Good.
Come see us so we can chat more and get you on a fill-the-gaps protocol that fits your body and your life!