A healthy gut changes everything. It is the gateway to health and to be empowered about how you feel every day! Your gut is where 70% of your immune system lives. Most people have digestive issues at some point in their life. The goal is to pay attention to what's going awry and to find a way to heal. That's where I come in! For each client, I like to get to the root of the problem. Whether it's stress, an unhealthy lifestyle or just simply a bad way of eating, there are ways to find healing.
Signs your gut is imbalanced:
- Mood swings
- Food sensitivity/allergy
- Brain fog
- Skin issues - eczema, psoriasis, acne
- Sugar cravings
- Autoimmune disorder
"ALL DISEASE BEGINS IN THE GUT.'" - HIPPOCRATES
When your gut is imbalanced you can feel all sorts of symptoms that are what I call "crappy" (pun intended). In an effort to heal, doing an elimination diet is usually the best and simplest way to start figuring out the triggers for your digestive issues rather than just taking an over the counter drug. Remember that OTC drugs are similar to band aids; they help cover up the issue at hand but do not repair the problem. By removing foods such as sugar, gluten, dairy, legumes, grains, corn and eggs you can find out if your diet is to blame. From personal experience, I know elimination diets can be very hard, but they are necessary if you have issues other than digestive.
Eating well is a form of self respect. Think about what you put on your plate every day at every meal. Is there a protein, a fiber and a fat of some kind that agrees with you? Are you making sure you are getting 8-12 cups of veggies a day? I know that seems excessive but plants are powerhouses of nutrients for our bodies. The best way to think about eating is to ask yourself "where did my food come from?" In regards to eating meat, that couldn't be more important to think about! I tell my clients all the time "you are what you eat, but you are also what that animal eats." Choosing organic plants, meats and fats is essential for getting the most nutrients at every meal!
Managing stress on a daily basis is the most effective way to restoring healthy gut function. A healthy lifestyle is just as important as what you eat. It's how you think and feel throughout your daily life that makes the biggest impact on how well you are! Do you enjoy your job, your relationships or your habits?
Paying attention to your daily life/habits and making improvements is an act of self love. Something I believe we all could strive to have more of!
Digestive enzymes are what our bodies naturally make and use to help break down our foods. Many health issues (i.e chronic illness, inflammation, chronic stress) can contribute to the lack of enzymes we need to digest our food properly. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, such as Whole30 or Paleo, can help your body lower inflammation and produce enzymes again by fixing your gut's bacteria. Taking digestive enzymes before or with a meal can greatly improve how your food impacts you. Try taking a supplement and test out dosage according to what feels right for you.
Pre and probiotics are the best ways to repopulate the bacteria that control how we feel every day and how we digest our foods. Yes, bugs down there tell your body what to crave and are the ones creating the gas you just passed. Did you know that 95% of serotonin is created by the bugs in our gut microbiome?! So what's the difference you ask??
PREbiotics are a non digestible fibers that nourish the friendly bacteria that already live in your gut. They are like a fertilizer and combat dysbiosis in your microbiome. The best way to get these into your gut is through diet. Some examples of foods you can add to your diet are jicama, onion, garlic, un-ripe bananas and dandelion greens.
PRObiotics add millions of friendly bacteria to your gut. They line your digestive tract which aids in better absorption of vitamins and minerals from your foods and helps your body fight infection. We already have probiotics in our gut microbiome but having a dificiency has been linked to chronic illness, getting sick often (cold/flu), and digestive issues to name a few.
Both are amazing and helpful in helping your body find healing and feel its best! They boost your immune system and help your flush out toxins! I recommend everyone take a supplement form of probiotics and if you are not eating prebiotics, a supplements form is needed as well. Dosing will depend on what issues you may have. Please contact me or a doctor to determine your best course of action.
Having a well functioning digestive tract will change your life!