Hey there my lovelies! Today we are gonna be talking all about our guts. It took me so long to really understand the idea that your gut effects every part of your body. After a ton of research on leaky gut syndrome, ways to make sure your gut health is on track, and how to eat properly for your gut, I wanted to talk about my findings with you. Since there is a ton of information out there, I wanted to break it down for you in simple terms, And tell you what has worked for me! Let’s get started,
Why are we worried about the gut?!
Your gut is home to a ton of bacteria, if you are eating properly, taking probiotics and taking care of your guts health then you will always have a re-growth of good bacteria to prevent bad bacteria from growing, this is called “equilibrium”. If you have an over growth of bad bacteria, this is when things become off balance. An over growth of bad bacteria, can cause Crohn’s disease, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and more. In the simplest of terms bad bacteria growing in your gut can effect every organ in your body including your mental health. Doctors have now discovered that gut health can be linked to depression, anxiety, as well as chronic pain and more.
Steps to improve gut health
The more research I did the more I started to get worried about my gut health. The first step I took was ordering a probiotic. Probiotics can be found in a ton of different places, from food items like yogurt or kimichi, to a digestible capsule form. Probiotics are used to restore the balance of good bacteria in your gut, and make sure your gut is in “harmony” so to speak. Probiotics are living microorganisms that, when ingested, provide numerous health benefits. A few other ways to improve your guts health is by things like exercise, intermittent fasting, a healthy sleep cycle and of course your diet.
Choosing the right diet for your gut!
Each persons digestive system is different, therefore, you need to eat foods that fit your dietary needs. There are obviously food known to help improve your guts health, such as yogurt, which is filled with probiotics. I do know however that not everyone can eat yogurt, whether your lactose intolerant, or have cut out dairy that isn’t an option for you. Balancing out your guts health is a very personal thing, some choose to eat probiotic filled foods, some become vegan or vegetarian, some start a Paleo or Keto diet and so on. You have to do your own research and start a healthy diet that fits your needs. If you are a beginner to improving your guts health I suggest you start with taking a probiotic supplement, as well as eating probiotic enriched foods. . If you don’t feel comfortable taking a probiotic in capsule form, then try balancing your gut by having a probiotic rich diet.
Balance the gut with nutrition
There are three different ways to balance your gut, Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Phytobiotics. Prebiotics are foods that contain carbohydrates and fiber, that are fermented and can be easily digested by the gut. Prebiotics are foods that are used as fuel for the body these foods include: asparagus, bananas, garlic, onions, leaks and so on. Probiotic foods contain live good bacteria, which is important for mental health and wellness. Like I mentioned earlier, probiotic enriched foods are things like yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso soup and so on. The last category is Phytobiotics, which are foods that create a healthy livable environment for the good bacteria to grow in your gut. It protects the growth of healthy bacteria. These foods include: apples, grapes, dark chocolate, and other berries.
What probiotic do I take?
I started doing research on gut health last year. I ran across an article talking about how your gut health can effect your mental health and vise versa. Your mental health can cause lots of stomach and gut issues. I took a few different probiotic supplements before I found the one I am using today, which I love. I will leave a link for the one I use down below, I order them on amazon and they run be about $15 a bottle, for 60 capsules. The I take not only helps keep my gut healthy and good bacteria growing, but it also helps with urinary and vaginal health. Which as a women is very important for me. Everyone’s gut is different, therefore you must do your own research, a supplement that works for me might not work for you. Don’t be afraid to try different things in order to find what works for you.