Summer’s over and it’s back to the fast paced life of school, work and probably less sleep, less than ideal meals and lots of hectic moments.
It’s just the world we live in right now. The effects? A compromised gut.
Hippocrates once said “All disease begins in the gut.” He was a clever man!
Since about 80% (ish) of our immune function (and emotional function according to more recent research) relies on us having the ideal amount of good bacteria residing in our gut we need to be aware of some signs that all is NOT well in the gut.
Gut health is critical to overall health.
Here are some signs of an unhealthy gut…
1. DIGESTIVE ISSUES LIKE BLOATING, GAS OR DIARRHEA
This is classic sign that the ol’ gut is not functioning how it’s supposed to. Your body needs a LOT of and a wide variety of good bacteria in your gut, intestines, stomach and colon.
2. SUGAR CRAVINGS
the bacteria try to get us to eat foods that they thrive on
The bacteria we have in the gut try to get us to eat foods that they thrive on. So, if you eat a lot of sugar you feed the unhelpful bacteria that love it and they secrete the proteins to make you crave sugar more. It’s a vicious cycle.
3. BAD BREATH
Bad breath is a sign your gut flora isn’t optimal
In most circumstances, halitosis stems from odor-inducing microbes that reside in between your teeth and gums, and on your tongue. It can also be caused by bacteria linked to gum disease. Having less-than-optimal gut flora can make you vulnerable to health conditions linked to bad breath such as kidney infections and poorly managed diabetes.
4. FOOD ALLERGIES OR SENSITIVITIES
If you suffer from food intolerances such as gluten or dairy, this is almost always a result of leaky gut.
When the intestinal barrier becomes permeable i.e. leaky gut syndrome, large protein molecules escape into the bloodstream. Since these proteins don’t belong outside of the gut, the body mounts an immune response and attacks them. This immune response shows up as food intolerances.
5.MOODINESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Your ability to use serotonin (your happy hormone) and Vitamin D will be affected by a compromised gut.
The majority of serotonin and about half of your dopamine is made in your gut. If you have leaky gut, your body will lose much of the serotonin and dopamine it produces.
6. SKIN PROBLEMS LIKE ECZEMA
A common sign of food intolerance is eczema.
Research is now showing the health of your microbiota can give clues as to whether or not you have type two diabetes. Recent studies
have found people with type 2 diabetes have different gut bacteria than those without diabetes.
8. AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE AND SUPPRESSED IMMUNITY
The link between leaky gut and autoimmune health concerns is huge. A healthy functioning gut can go a long way toward supporting healthy body systems.
SUPPORT A HAPPY HEALTHY GUT:
This isn’t entirely your fault, while you might be the one controlling what goes in your mouth there are other environmental things (toxins) in play that are also contributing to the situation.
THE GOOD NEWS…
You can improve it all. My approach to life and health has always been do as many little tiny, seemingly insignificant “better for you” things every single day. CONSISTENTLY. Most people go bonkers to correct where they are… do massive cleanses or very restrictive diets, or they start out doing a ridiculous amount of exercise that is never going to be sustainable.
All that’s needed to get BIG improvements is to PICK ONE THING TO MODIFY. And do it CONSISTENTLY.
That’s it. One thing at a time. You can always add a new healthy habit once you’ve mastered the first one.
Here’s a LIST that you “could” do to improve the function of your gut.
- Eat a diverse range of foods. (can lead to a diverse microbiota, which is beneficial for your health)
- Eat lots of vegetables, fruit, legumes. (Many fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. Fiber promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, including Bifidobacteria)
- Eat fermented foods. (these foods enhance microbiota function and reduce the abundance of disease-causing bacteria in the intestines.)
- Don’t eat artificial sweeteners. (may negatively affect blood sugar levels due to their effects on the gut microbiota)
- Eat prebiotic foods (promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, especially Bifidobacteria)
- Breastfeed for at least 6 months. ( helps an infant develop a healthy microbiota, which may help protect against certain diseases in later life)
- Eat whole grains. (contain non-digestible carbs that can promote the growth of beneficial bacteria within the gut microbiota. These changes to the gut flora may improve certain aspects of metabolic health)
- Eat a plant based diet. ( and less meat)
- Eat foods rich in polyphenols (Polyphenols can’t be digested efficiently by human cells, but they are efficiently broken down by the gut microbiota. They may improve health outcomes related to heart disease and inflammation)
- Take a probiotic supplement. (may improve microbiota function and help restore the microbiota to good health)
But if that overwhelms you and makes you just want to go lay down … why not keep it simple and just take Life 9 for about 90 days?