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Why A Healthy Gut Can Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

January 04, 2017

Why A Healthy Gut Can Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

You may be under the impression that the gut’s chief function is to digest food but there is so much more this amazing organ does. It’s also considered a key player in regulating inflammation, immunity, hormones and PH levels.

Most of us don’t think about it this way, but a healthy gut is the foundation of wellness. It’s an incredibly important barrier between your body and the outside world and your first line of defense between you and the harmful bacteria you ingest on a daily basis.

 Bacteria Within The Gut

Your gut is full of living bacteria also known as microflora. It’s composed of both good and bad organisms. The good bacteria are the unseen heroes that keep things functioning smoothly. They communicate with the immune system and convey whether things are balanced or dysbiotic. For that reason, it’s crucial to consume probiotic rich foods to keep enough good bacteria in the gut- sauerkraut, kimchi and coconut kefir are great options or you can opt for a probiotic supplement.

Effects of Too Much Bad Bacteria

Thanks to the standard American diet (S.A.D.), antibiotics, overuse of prescription drugs and an inactive lifestyle, most people’s microflora is unequally balanced with more bad bacteria than good, resulting in an overworked, inflamed gut which can lead to:

  • Systemic inflammation
  • Loss of vitality
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • Stomach ache
  • Food sensitivities
  • Decreased serotonin production
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Sickness
  • Immune system imbalance

How To Heal Your Gut

Maintaining well-balanced microflora begins with your diet. A great place to start is adding in the good foods: healthy fats (avocados and coconut oil), cold-pressed juices, organic vegetables and organic meats. Trash the sugary drinks and replace them with water; if flavorless doesn’t suit you, add some organic fruit pieces to your glass and enjoy.

After you’ve added healing foods to your diet, the next step is eliminating toxic foods, i.e. sugar, wheat, dairy, soy and all artificial ingredients. Don’t freak out, these are all replaceable. Replace sugar with raw honey or coconut palm sugar, wheat with coconut or almond flour, dairy with nut-based products like almond milk, coconut yogurt and cashew cheese, artificial sweeteners with raw honey, vanilla extract or stevia and artificial ingredients with real foods, spices and herbs. Get creative and find a good paleo blog online. You won’t have any trouble finding delicious recipes that’ll make your gut and your palate happy.

Move! All forms of exercise keep the gut stimulated so you can poop regularly. Physical activity also increases the production of feel-good hormones (serotonin and dopamine) and gives you an overall sense of well-being.

Lastly, don’t neglect the importance of supplementation. It’s nearly impossible to consume a perfect diet in today’s fast-paced society. Supplements fill the nutrient gaps in our meals. A few of the top recommendations are: probiotics, digestive enzymes, aloe vera, chlorophyll, support for adrenals and superfoods (moringa, acerola cherry, milk thistle, kale spinach etc.). Pro Alpha Greens is an easy way to get all these essentials in one drink.

 

If you want more information on gut health, join us at our FREE event, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirk Johnson or Dr. Jonathan Wiggins or email us with any additional questions.