Get A Healthy Gut


Wellness / Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Gut Check

 

Do You Have a Healthy Gut?

You hear the word Probiotics a lot when it comes to having a healthy gut but do you know why it is so important? Probiotics are just one aspect to support of a healthy gut.  Here we will find out why it’s important to have a healthy gut, what can make it unhealthy, how to keep it healthy and the benefits that come with a healthy gut.

 

Why It’s Important to Have a Healthy Gut?

Your gut supports your immune system and creates good bacteria that fights off bacteria that enter your body. The health of your gastrointestinal system is very important to your overall health and well being. Your gut wall houses 70 percent of the cells that make up your immune system. 

 

What Makes a Gut Unhealthy?

Unhealthy or imbalanced gut health is linked to many things including hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and other chronic health problems.

You have probably heard the term “Leaky Gut” before but what does that mean?

A “Leaky Gut” is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products, and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the bloodstream.

 

What Causes a Leaky Gut?

The most common toxic suspects are gluten, sugar, dairy and the excessive consumption of alcohol. It can also be caused by over the counter painkillers, steroids, and antibiotics. Do you notice when you take antibiotics you usually have constipation and or diarrhea? This is because it’s damaging the lining and is why they recommend having a probiotic with your antibiotic.

Some people have health issues that cause them to have unhealthy guts such as Crohn’s Disease, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), or acid reflux are the most common. 

 

Symptoms that may occur if you have a “Leaky Gut”?

  • Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Poor immune system
  • Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
  • Cravings for sugar or carbs
  • Arthritis or joint pain
  • Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD

 

How Does One Get a Healthy Gut?

 

  • Take a Probiotic:  Probiotics are good bacteria that line your gut and are responsible for nutrient absorption and supporting your immune system which increases your gut health tremendously. Seek probiotics that contain the following species: Lactobacillus Plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium lactis (B. animalis), and Bifidobacterium longum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Cut Out Sugar and Processed Foods:  This is a given, limit the intake of these types of food they have no value to your health.                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Eat More Plants and Dietary Fiber:   Grains like brown rice, as well as fruits like apples and especially leafy greens.                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Limit Antibiotics: Antibiotics kill all bacteria in the gut good and bad and can take a year to rebuild.                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Get Dirty:  Soil has wonderful healing elements that we need. Gardening or weeding can serve as a way of boosting our immune systems.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Eat Fermented Foods (commonly referred to as Probiotic foods): 
    • Yogurt (unsweetened organic)
    • Kefir
    • Kimchi (a Korean staple, cabbage, and radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powder,  scallions, garlic, ginger, and jeotgal)
    • Sauerkraut
    • Pickles
    • Apple cider vinegar
    •  Kombucha Tea (my personal favorite) To Tell you the truth I haven’t found a Kombucha Tea I’ve disliked, but this is one of my favorite flavors and brands and is easily found in the grocery store or you can buy it in bulk online. 

 

  • or there’s this very cool Starter Kit to make your own Kombucha at Home.  Get Your Own Kit Here.                      

                                                                                                                                                      

Benefits of Having a Healthy Gut?

 

  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved digestion
  • Increased energy from the production of vitamin B12
  • Better breath: probiotics destroy candida.
  • Healthier skin: probiotics improve eczema and psoriasis.
  • Reduced cold and flu
  • Healing from leaky gut and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Weight loss

I hope this helps you understand how important it is to your well being to have a healthy happy gut. Please share the information with your friends and family and leave a comment if you have any questions.

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14 Replies to “Get A Healthy Gut”

  1. I recently found out that I have an auto immune disease (modular vasculitis) and leaky gut. It is all linked to a severe gluten allergy. Thanks for all of your suggestions and product recommendations! I need all the help I can get in healing my gut!

    1. I love Kombucha. I have to make sure I only drink a serving a day it taste so good. Too much of anything is usually bad

    1. Very Important. Brain Health is also linked to Gut Health. To me your body is the most amazing machine on the planet and will function really anyway we want it to (within limits) based on how we treat it.

  2. I have cut out sugars and processed foods, doing a keto woe but have always suffered with gut issues, acid reflux and constipation. I tried adding a probiotic to help but within the 2 week I was having severe stomach pain that made me sweat and feel like vomiting as well as extreme stomach cramps. Is there a suggestion as to what may help with my gut issues?

    1. First I would consult with your healthcare provider, there are so many different factors here. 1) How long have you been doing Keto? There’s what referred to as the Keto Flu and some of the side effects are Constipation and diarrhea. 2) It could be the type of probiotic you were taking, not all brands are created equal. 3) It could be your bodies PH Balance. Your colon needs to be slightly acidic. Here’s an article by Dr. David Williams that explains in more detail.

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