DID YOU KNOW?
Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates stated that 'All disease begins in the gut. Today, two millenniums later, we know that statement was pretty darn accurate.
While not every disease literally begins in the gut, imbalance of the gut microbiome is linked with many chronic metabolic, autoimmune, and cognitive disorders.
YOUR GUT INFLUENCES EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR HEALTH
SIGNS YOUR GUT MAY BE IN TROUBLE
WHAT CAUSES GUT PROBLEMS?
Anxiety and stress are notorious for bringing on (and in some cases, worsening) gut problems. Stress affects your gut because the gut and the brain send signals to each other through the gut-brain axis. Several studies have shown that stress worsens conditions such as IBS, inflammatory bowel syndrome, peptic ulcer disease, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) .
EATING ON THE GO:
When you eat on the go, you are more likely to eat your meals fast. When this happens, you may not chew your food thoroughly. This, in turn, will affect the process of digestion and the absorption of nutrients, which could lead to digestive discomfort and poor gut health.
Too MANY PROCESSED FOODS
Eating too many processed foods, foods with high sugar content, and foods with high fat will result in gut problems. When you do not incorporate enough fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your diet, you starve your gut bacteria of essential nutrients that they need to thrive.
TOO MUCH SUGAR:
A high-sugar diet decreases the population of good gut bacteria while increasing the numbers of bad gut bacteria. These bad bacteria will then increase your sugar cravings, which leads to a vicious cycle.
Antibiotics work by eliminating disease-causing bacteria or stopping them from increasing in number. However, they can’t tell the difference between the good and bad guys - especially in the gut. As a result, antibiotics negatively affect the gut microbes, lower microbial diversity, and affect general functioning.
HOW TO EAT FOR GUT HEALTH
EAT REAL FOOD!
You canalso incorporate cultured/fermented foods.
LIFESTYLE TIPS FOR GOOD GUT HEALTH
Sleep disturbances have been shown to impact our gut microbes. This is because your gut also exhibits a sleep-wake cycle.
Try improving your sleep quality by setting a regular bedtime routine with relaxation exercises, limiting caffeine after 3 pm and scheduling ‘worry time’ during your day to write down your thoughts and free up your headspace before bed.”
As we already discussed, if you are stressed, that can affect how your gut functions. Mindfulness strategies such as yoga, micro meditations, and journaling can help calm the mind and ease stress.
We all know exercise is good for us - and our gut microbes’ benefit from it too. Exercise helps relieve constipation and increase the diversity of your gut microbes, which is linked to better overall health. Continued exercise is critical, so move your body regularly, getting your heart rate up for at least 30 mins most days.
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