7 Simple Practices to Love Your Gut (Beyond Clean Eating)

7 Simple Practices to Love Your Gut (Beyond Clean Eating)

7 Simple Practices to Love Your Gut (Beyond Clean Eating)

Digestion Check-Point

How is your digestion?

Feel constipated?

Bloated?

Skin breakout?

Afternoon energy slump?

Insatiable craving for sugar, artificial sweetener or caffeine?

Find yourself holding in gas or burping after meals?

Brittle nails or dry hair?

Frequently stiff joints or joints that pop and click?

Mentally sluggish or reduced initiative?

ADD or difficulty focusing?

I’ll ask again: How is your digestion—really?

It can be incredibly easy to experience any one of these symptoms daily—and simply go about the day—passing them off as “normal.”

Newsflash: They are NOT.

Sure, we will all experience gas, bloating and constipation at SOME point in our lifetime, BUT JUST LIKE eating Big Macs and red-dyed Gatorade is technically NOT NORMAL for humans to consume (but we do anyways), so are these symptoms.

In short: You can feel more amazing than you currently do.

GUT CHECK

Your gut IS the gateway to health.

What does this ACTUALLY mean?

Of ALL organs in your body, your digestive system (from your mouth to your pie-hole) is the ONE system in your body responsible for giving your entire body life and nourishment.

Your brain cells, heart cells, hormones, immune cells, muscles and beyond all depend on your gut to deliver the essential nutrients they each need to function in tip top shape.

If there are any kinks along the way in your digestive tract—these other body parts can take a hit.

For example: If you NEVER eat green things (nutrient deficiency), then your cells miss out on super-nutrients like Vitamin K, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin C and Magnesium.

Or: If your gut lining is irritated, and becomes “leaky” or permeable then undigested food may easily into your bloodstream and provoke an inflammatory response (like skin breakouts or allergies).

Or: If you are LOW on stomach acid from stress (physical or mental), then bloating is more likely, along with nutrient deficiencies since your food can’t be broken down as easily (leading to poorly-fed hormones, brain and attention-span cells, heart cells, and more).

It is ALL connected.

I’ll ask again: How is YOUR digestion? (i.e. How is your HEALTH)?

Chances are if you’re not feeling on your A-game—a root to your imbalance points back to your digestive system.

BUT I EAT HEALTHY

“But I eat healthy!” you say.

“I am gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free…”

“I eat clean.”

“No matter how clean I eat, I still get constipated (or bloated, or horrible PMS, or feel sluggish, etc.).”

Eating healthy IS a BIG piece to the “gut health” puzzle—but it is NOT the whole story.

How are you SUPPORTING YOUR DIGESTION?

LOVING YOUR GUT

Beyond food and healthy eating, healthy daily gut management & lifestyle practices are EQUALLY important to “feeling good” in your own skin (and could perhaps be an answer to helping you banish the bloat, manage the constipation, STOP passing gas, or improving other health markers—like your energy, concentration or cholesterol—i.e. inflammation).

If you’re “eating clean,” but still don’t know how else to “love your gut” or “support your gut,” assess whether or not you are integrating these 7 Simple Practices for Loving Your Gut (Beyond Clean Eating)

7 Simple Practices for Loving Your Gut (Beyond Clean Eating)

  1. Redefine “Clean Eating.” What is your definition of eating clean or healthy eating? According to a recent survey of Americans, 80% of all Americans report being completely confused about what “healthy” (eating and lifestyle) ACTUALLY means. After all—there are SO many definitions. In short “healthy eating” means:
    • Eating real foods that your body was wired and shaped to thrive upon the majority of the time (Meat, fish, veggies, fruits, plant and animal fats; one-ingredient foods).
    • Eating foods that work for YOUR body (not someone elses’). Sally may be able to nosh on almonds all day long, but almonds leave you bloated or trigger a binge. Henry is intolerant to any sort of grain—but you actually digest some white rice, or steel-cut oats just fine. You know apples are healthy—but every time you eat them you feel bloated. Listen and nourish yourself with the foods that fit for you.
    • Not eating based on calories, grams or rules, but eating based on hunger, fullness and how food makes you feel (energetic vs. sluggish; bloated vs. digestive ease; etc.)


(Also, it’s important to define what healthy eating is NOT: Healthy eating is NOT…Artificial sweeteners, Diet Cokes, Lean Cuisines, no carbs, low-fat, no protein, soy protein, conventional dairy and meats most of the time, processed whole grains, hidden-sugar granola bars, Special K cereal, avoiding social situations or vacations over food or stressing out all the time about food—80/20 balance people!).

  1. Slow Down. Breathe. Be. Optimal digestion occurs in a rest and digest mode. Prepare your body to digest by taking 1-2 minutes to just sit, and breathe—in through your nose, out through your mouth. Once meal time begins: Are you slowing down at meals? Or eating rapidly on the go? Put down your fork between bites to cue you to take a chill pill.
  1. Along with slowing down…Are you being present with the food before you. Tasting your food? Savoring the flavors and scents? Focusing on the textures and nourishing experience? Or are you distracted, working, stressed or numbed out—watching Netflix or catching up on social media?
  1. Chew Your Food. Digestion begins first and foremost IN THE MOUTH. How well are you chewing your food? Is that chunk of chicken still a chunk of chicken when you swallow it? Hello indigestion or bloating! Chew your food thoroughly.
  1. How much water did you drink today? Have you been drinking water throughout the day? If you’re feeling less than stellar in your gut—check in with your water intake.
  1. Fermented Foods + Probiotics. Are you regularly taking probiotics and eating fermented foods? Both essentials and sources of good, healthy bacteria to support a healthy gut micro biome overall—and fend off the bad guys? Fermented foods consumed in a medicinal dose daily do a gut good—including 2-4 oz. low sugar kombucha, beet kvas, full-fat organic grass-fed plain yogurt or kefir, sauerkraut and fermented vegetables. As for probiotics, take 1 to 2 capsules such as one in the morning and one at night before bed—and keep in mind, quality matters.  Check out my favorite “Prescript Assist” in my “Love Your Gut” portal here.

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    1. Address Stress. Stress is the #1 driver of all disease and imbalance—including gut-related imbalances. Gut check:
      • How are you managing your stress?
      • Are you saying “yes” to everything?
      • Making time for you?
      • Burning a candle at both ends?
      • Skimping on sleep?
      • Pushing yourself harder in the gym—or neglecting fitness at all?
      • Not talking about it?
      • Frustrated, annoyed or constantly thinking and obsessing?

Stress + gut connection is the real deal (p.s. Fun Fact: Did you know that 90% of your serotonin—your “feel good” brain chemicals are produced in your gut?!).

Check in with yourself and these 7-factors for a baseline Healthy Gut, before jumping to the conclusion that “clean eating” isn’t working for you…or that you “must have some underlying gut issue.”

The basics is the FIRST place to start.

By | 2018-06-07T21:58:43+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Gut Health|0 Comments

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