The “gut”. The beginning and the end, the source of all chronic health problems. If you have been researching the topic, you know about the incredible role played by your gut bacteria and the impact of a leaky gut on your health. Studies have described the structure and functional capacity of the bacterial microbiome in the healthy state and in a variety of disease states. Gut dysbiosis is blamed for problems like food sensitivities, bloating, thyroid conditions, fatigue, joint pain, headaches, skin issues, digestive problems, weight changes and food cravings. Programs to heal the gut are popping all over the Internet. Most of them have great merit and many people have seen drastic changes in their health by following them. This blog post is not meant to be a step by step approach to healing the gut, but rather a general outline to get you started on your healing journey.
1- The most important step anyone could take to improve any health problem is to eliminate processed foods and replace them with colorful whole foods. Cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens and bone broth are particularly beneficial to the gut.
2- Eating consciously (smelling the food causes the stomach to produce hydrochloride acid and chewing well prepares the food) will improve your digestion and facilitate mineral absorption.
3- Listening to your body and noticing how it reacts to certain foods through journaling will allow you to adapt your diet to your needs.
4- Dealing with stress by controlling your thoughts, eliminating stressors when possible and ensuring you get time to wind down is one of the most crucial points that will help improve your health.
5- Making sure you maintain a sense of purpose will increase your overall well being. The mind gut connection is well accepted and having a purpose in life is essential to happiness. This doesn’t mean that you have to find a grand reason to be alive, but finding meaning in the little things will foster a sense of purpose.
6- Keeping hydrated will help detoxing and ensuring your bowels are moving. Just one caveat: I have seen health professionals advise that urine should be clear when one is properly hydrated. That is simply not true. Light yellow is what you are aiming for and just pay attention to your body signals and be aware that thirst can be confused for hunger.
7- Various supplements and herbs are promoted for gut health, but I will keep it simple: probiotics in the form of fermented foods and a reliable supplement as well as aloe vera juice. This is why Plexus offers a multivitamin that includes Aloe Vera , among other beneficial minerals and vitamins.