Top 5 Problematic Gut Remedies

Since your gut is the ‘second brain’ to your body, ensuring its healthy functioning should be at the top of your health regime. A diverse mix of microorganisms in the gut are balanced to form a healthy digestive system.  This balance affects everything from your mood and immunity to energy levels, Vitamin B and K production and toxin elimination in the body.

 

The gut-brain connection

The enteric nervous system is a part of the body’s nervous system located in the gut. This network of neurons, nerves, and neurotransmitters extends from the esophagus, through the stomach and intestines and relies on the same type of neurotransmitters found in the central nervous system. The ‘second brain’ in our gut, in communication with the brain in our head, therefore, plays a key role in certain diseases in our bodies and our overall mental health.

Symptoms that you have an imbalance in your gut bacteria may include food sensitivities, gas, bloating, eczema, fatigue, moodiness, autoimmune disorders, depression, anxiety, joint pain, and concentration difficulties.

Although everyone’s gut microbiome is unique, there are a few general ways in which to keep your gut healthy, and therefore your mind, immune system, and body healthy too. Here are my 5 top suggestions for optimal gut health.

 

1. Take probiotics and eat fermented foods

To reduce gut inflammation and boost beneficial bacteria in the gut, also known as probiotics, you can either take a good supplement or consume natural sources of probiotics found in fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, fermented vegetables, kombucha, miso, and sauerkraut.

 

2. Consume prebiotic fiber

Probiotics feed on nondigestible starches called prebiotics. This activity promotes beneficial bacteria to multiply in the gut. Prebiotic-rich foods include asparagus, bananas, chicory, garlic, onions, and whole grains.

 

3. Reduce stress

Most types of stress whether psychological, environmental or poor sleep can negatively affect gut health and disrupt the balance of microorganisms in the intestines.  In this regard, general stress-reducing techniques are beneficial including regular exercise, adequate sleep, a balanced diet, and meditation or breathing exercises.

 

4. Limit antibiotics

Antibiotics are known to combat harmful bacteria in your body, but in doing so, the good bacteria are also eliminated. Research has shown that antibiotic use can damage good bacterial growth in the gut for over 6 months after consumption, making it very difficult for your body to restore its natural healthy-bacteria balance.

 

5. Incorporate bone broth into a wholefood rich diet

A diet rich in vegetables and wholefoods may improve gut health due to the high levels of prebiotic fiber it contains. Due to the amino acids present in bone broth, drinking a cup daily may be a simple way to enhance anti-inflammatory amino acids in the body.

 

Listen to your body

Since every person’s constitution is unique, it is important to be intuitive to your body’s distress signals. Those with irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, and gut inflammation diseases will not necessarily benefit from a diet high in fibre or whole grains. By making appropriate lifestyle and dietary changes in tune with your body, you can alter the diversity and number of microbes in your gut for the better. Keep in mind that all adults experience a negative shift in bacterial balance in the gut when eating processed foods, aging, traveling to new environments, taking medication, alcohol or drugs, and experiencing stress.

The good news is that there are simple ways in which we can improve the health of our body’s ‘second brain’, contributing to our overall wellbeing, vitality, and let’s be honest, happiness. If you feel like you’ve tried it all and are still struggling to find a healthy solution to a problematic gut, get in touch. I would love to work with you in reaching optimal health.

In general, solving your gut problems will solve many other health issues as well. Have a look here for information on tailored-made wellness programs or contact me here to find out how I can help you.

 

Listen to you gut and stay healthy.

I’m Chenaye and I’ve been hunting the globe for the past 6 years to bring you the latest health news, best solutions and advice to live your greatest, healthiest and most fulfilled life.