A well functioning digestion system, aka ‘gut’, is fundamental to your health. If your gut is not functioning efficiently you are not absorbing nutrients from your food and you are not eliminating toxins. This can lead to a vast variety of health issues ranging from anxiety and depression, low energy, poor immune health, weight gain and skin conditions.
Signs your gut health needs to be improved
1. Chronic dental issues
2. Excessive burping
3. Reflux or heart burn
4. Over eating
5. Lack of appetite
6. Bloating, gas and diarrhea
7. Abdominal pain
8. Floating stools
9. Undigested food in your stools
10. Straining to pass a stool, constipation and hemorrhoids
To improve your gut health we need to look at:
· Diet and lifestyle
· Healing your digestive system
· Gut health testing
You need a balance of good quality carbohydrates, protein and fat in your diet. Are you eating enough fiber? Are you getting sufficient vitamins and minerals from your food? Are you reacting to any foods? Are you eating good quality food?
Too much snacking and eating too fast can also have a negative impact on your digestion.
Excess sugar, junk foods, caffeine and alcohol are disruptive to good gut bacteria and lead to nutrient deficiencies.
Good gut bacteria is essential for gut health. Fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kim chi and kvass are excellent sources of good gut bacteria. You also need prebiotic foods, which are food source for the good bacteria. Prebiotics come from foods such as cabbage, sweet potato, artichoke and asparagus and from supplements such as psyllium husks, slippery elm and inulin.
Gut health is also impacted by stress, poor sleep, exposure to environmental toxins, smoking and some medications such as over use of antibiotics and paracetamol.
If your gut has not been working efficient for sometime then you will benefit greatly fro a gut healing protocol. This protocol is designed for your specific health issues and usually takes 6-8 weeks. It involves eliminating inflammatory foods and taking supplements that the gut needs to heal, then a course of pre and probiotics to restore good bacteria. It will ensure your entire digestive system is functioning efficiently so you are absorbing nutrients from your food and eliminating waste properly.
Testing is useful when you have chronic and complex gut health problems. It gives a clear picture of the gut wall integrity, the balance of good and bad bacteria and can identify other issues such as nutrient deficiencies, food intolerances, parasites or yeast over growth. Testing helps improve results and health quickly.
If you have any of the above symptoms your gut needs help. Contact us with any questions you have about your gut health, or your health generally. We are happy to discuss the best options for your health.