Are you tired of feeling horrible every time you eat a certain type of food?
That feeling that everything you eat feels like a bulk in the stomach creating certain anxiety and frustration that just made you decided not to eat anymore?
Our gut is our gastrointestinal system (GI Tract), which is generated by the levels and types of bacteria in our digestive and intestinal tract.
When we eat, our GI Tract digests and breaks down the food, and the important nutrients are absorbed through our gut wall and transported through our bloodstream. For our body to regulate this process, our gut uses hormones, nerves, and bacteria.
The bacteria are the most important aspect of this process, they form a mucosal layer that makes our gut wall stronger, this is why is so important to have a healthy digestive tract since it helps balance the good and bad bacteria.
Bad gut health not only affects our digestion but can also affect our mood, immune system, heart, and our brain.
Many factors affect our gut health, from genetic history to stress and diet. When we have bad gut health our body cannot process food the way it’s supposed to, it can’t give us the energy our body needs, doesn’t flush out toxins, and can’t fight back diseases.
Here are some of the typical symptoms you can feel from having bad gut health:
- Abdominal pain, gas, and bloating
- Lack of energy
- Lack of sleep
- Food intolerance
- Extreme food cravings (especially sugar)
- Weight gain or loss
- Skin irritations
- Mood swings
- Bad immune system
Let’s keep our gut healthy by following some of these tips to boost those good bacteria!
- Add probiotics to your diet – they promote the growth of good bacteria. You can find them in vitamin form, but I prefer the natural source found in kefir, yogurt, or kombucha.
- Eat slowly – this helps digest your food so your GI Tract can absorb the proper vitamins and nutrients our body requires.
- Limit processed foods and sugar – they cause the growth of bad bacteria and inflammation in our bodies.
- Be aware of your food intolerances and eliminate them – not all people are sensitive to the same type of foods but have a food journal to track what you eat that causes bloating. This is a good method to attack the cause of an upset stomach.
- Drink plenty of water – it helps your overall body health.
- Exercise – moving your body has many benefits, one of them helping keep have regular bowel movements.
- Get plenty of good quality sleep – since it can cause stress-causing hormone imbalance, aim for 7-8 hours of sleep.
- Try to reduce stress – it’s almost impossible to live every day without some amount of stress but being able to manage it, can prevent us from developing IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), so try to find ways to reduce stress, meditating is a good way to control the amount of stress we have.
The most important is to talk to your doctor if any symptoms are getting worse so they can treat the problem from the root.
Our health is the most important aspect of our life and something we should always take care of it.
Listen to your body and treat it with compassion and respect.
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