Our bodies are bombarded with environmental toxins and poor food choices, all of which can impact the natural flora that lives in our gut. After a while, that flora becomes imbalanced. When your gut environment is out of whack, everything suffers from your immune system to your mood. If nature isn’t calling you to the restroom on a regular basis, then chances are your gut is trying to tell you something!
We all know our gut is made up of the stomach, intestinal tract, and colon. The lining of our intestinal track is responsible for pulling out all the nutrients found in the foods we eat. If that lining is damaged (insert the term “Leaky Gut here) or it’s producing too much or not enough mucus, then the nutrients from the foods we eat may not be absorbed. Or worse, in the case of a leaky gut, the intestinal lining is damaged, and small cracks leak bacteria, unprocessed proteins, fats and other toxins into our bloodstream.
I am not going to dig into all the different reasons this happens or the symptoms that occur from an unhealthy gut, that is a conversation best suited for a Doctor. For now, here are a couple of lists to chew on in case you have any tummy concerns.
Top Gut Disrupters
- over use of anti-bacterial products
- poor diet (diets high in sugar & animal protein),
- to little fiber
- to much alcohol
Symptoms of an Unhealthy Gut
- digestive discomforts
- skin problems
- food sensitivities
So how do can you create a healthy belly environment? First try to eat a variety of high-fiber plant based foods every single day as well as some prebiotic foods (prebiotics are loaded with fiber). Fermented foods are a plus! Your belly will appreciate the lactic acid-producing bacteria fermented foods like Pickled Okra or Sauer Kraut. Another popular option is Kombucha tea. Kombucha tea is all the rage right now and is pretty easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Try sampling a few brands before you pass on this easy fermented option.
If you are experiencing digestive discomforts, reflect on your current diet to ensure it is well balanced and not packed with to much animal proteins and sugar. You may want to consider a quick detox if you think your tummy is in need of a cleanse. Check out the Food Matters Detox eBook and learn how simple a detox really is! Food Matters Detox eBook. Take into consideration any recent food discomforts (possible allergies) or if you have recently been on an antibiotic. All of this should be discussed in great detail with your Doctor so that you have an understanding of what is going on in your directive tract.
Having a healthy gut is important to your bodies fundamental processes. The gut is where we process everything that we put into our bodies. If we are making healthy choices our bodies will return the favor by functioning at its best. The old saying, “what you put in, is what you get out” hold true when it comes to a healthy belly!
Gut Friendly Foods
- Think High-Fiber
- Plant Based such as; vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, seeds.
- Prebiotics foods like, onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, asparagus, beets, cabbage, beans, lentils, soybeans, whole wheat, oats, and bananas.
- Fermented foods
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