How to Optimize Digestion & Restore Gut Health

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How to Optimize Digestion & Restore Gut Health

Did you know 70 percent of the immune system is housed in the gut?

Your body is constantly communicating with you. It's time to start listening! Stop ignoring your fatigue, dry skin, constipation, brain fog, acne, etc.

Understanding how food works in our bodies is SO important! Especially when it comes to our gut health and how food works for you or against food can either break you down, stress you out, and cause inflammation.. or it can support you, nourish you, and build you up🌻

Your gut may not be a literal voice, but it’s functions communicate in a form of code.

Here are some common ways your body will signal an unhappy gut:

▪️Digestive/tummy issues - bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity/constipation

▪️Food intolerances or sensitivities - you may not even realize you are intolerant to certain foods as you eat them daily and live with symptoms that are not optimal

▪️Anxiety, depression

▪️Mood swings, irritability

▪️Skin problems like eczema, rosacea

▪️Autoimmune disease, thyroid issues

▪️Allergies, seasonal allergies

Brain fog, poor memory and concentration, ADD or ADHD

There are ways you can help restore your gut - but like all dietary changes - start slow. It takes about 3 months for a full-turnover of our gut biome. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results right away - consistency always pays here!

Remove the ugly - Inflammatory foods, such as alcohol, cafeine, drugs, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and sugar, can lead to food sensitivities. This includes all packaged/processed foods!

Processed foods are filled with artificial ingredients and often stripped of micronutrients (the good vitamins and minerals) to keep it shelf stable.

Your gut may not recognize what you’ve eaten as digestible food and instead interprets the presence of foods like high-fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients as an “attacker” and thus causes inflammation.

This sets off an inflammatory response in which our bodies are literally fighting these foods as if they were an infection. Sticking to more whole foods, such as whole fruits, veggies, and unprocessed meats, can lower the stress this creates on your body.

It is important to not that there are some whole foods that also causing gas & bloating:

▪️Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage

▪️Asparagus, mushrooms, onions, garlic

▪️Beans & lentils

>>> Remove those for 2 weeks then introduce back in 1 at a time for 3-5 days to see how you feel. 

Supplements to check out:

▪️Digestive Enzymes - OptiGreens50 (@1stphorm)

▪️Probiotics (@gardenoflife )

▪️Bone Broth (@kettleandfire)

▪️Collagen (@sportsresearch )

▪️L-Glutamine (slowly inc dose up to 5g daily)

▪️Eat more fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi)

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