Body – Part Three
“All diseases begin in the gut”
Have you ever suffered from a bloated stomach, irregular bowel movements and indigestion?
Just like the remainder of your body muscles and joints, the stomach can suffer from inflammation.
This is typically the result of poor gut health and the breakdown of gut flora that adorns the stomach wall. This breakdown occurs because of the presence of bad bacteria’s in the stomach that have arrived via sub-optimal nutrition and poor body maintenance.
These symptoms generally spread throughout the body, even making their way into the brain to cause various other issues that present themselves as unprovoked bad mood swings, general crankiness, lethargy and eventually anxiety and depression.
In addition to this, an unhealthy digestive system can have a profound effect on weight gain and your ability to burn fat due to the body’s metabolism grinding to a halt.
The Benefits of Having Good Gut Health
The health of your gut is extremely important to your overall well-being. The stomach is largely responsible for the critical functions of the body’s digestive and immune systems which directly correlate into weight loss.
Healthy bacteria in your digestive system has the ability to positively affect your body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, digestion, vitamin production, immune response, and ability to eliminate toxins, not to mention your overall mental health.
The Process of Improving Your Gut Health
Often when we go on weight loss diet, the improvement of gut health is overlooked. When we set about on fad diets, we inevitably fall short of our expectations because we bypass the basic foundations in creating optimal health by seeking the shortest route to our weight-loss goals.
Improving gut health can be a lengthy process that is dependent on the condition of your stomach and, it can take anywhere between 6-18 months to reach optimal condition. However, creating this foundation by adopting several habits can set you up for a longer term success.
To improve the condition of your gut, I recommend adopting the following guidelines to project your gut health towards optimal levels:
Remove wheat and gluten containing products from your diet. Wheat is a major cause of inflammation in the stomach. When your stomach becomes inflamed, your digestive system slows and stress is placed on the bowels and intestines.
Remove all possible sugars and processed foods from your diet. It’s important to note that most fruits do contain healthy and natural sugars. They contain a vibrant source of carbohydrates, fibre and should remain in your diet.
Eat fermented foods Food and drink such as sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha high in healthy gut strengthening bacteria and probiotics that promote optimal gut health. Bone broth is also another great source of gut healing properties and contains an abundance of healthy bacteria’s.
Supplement your diet with daily probiotics. Probiotics are a great supplement that introduces healthy microorganisms and fibre into your body to promote a healthy microenvironment in your stomach.
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