When is the last time you had your gut checked?
Millions of Americans are currently suffering from gastrointestinal related issues. Our GI tract plays an essential part in maintaining our health and well being. Without a healthy and fully functioning GI tract, many issues can arise.
What does it mean to have a healthy and fully functioning GI?
A healthy GI allows nutrients and water to enter our body while preventing the entry of toxins and antigens. A distressed gut is inhibited from keeping up with its job, allowing dangerous compounds to enter the body. This is where nutrition comes in. Healthy eating and the right diet helps to strengthen the gut leading to improved health and well-being.
“Leaky Gut Syndrome”
Many things contribute to gastrointestinal distress including malnutrition, pharmaceuticals, stress, inflammation, lectins, MSG, fructose, bacterial balance, gluten, and many more. A more common contributor is in individuals that consume a diet high in sugar and processed/ refined carbohydrates. Alcoholics are also very susceptible to Leaky Gut syndrome.
How do I avoid gut distress?
Obviously not everyone is susceptible to nutrition related gut distress, but it is important to note some of the most common offenders: gluten, casein, lactose, fructose, and lectins. If you suspect that you may have a nutrition related gut disorder then removing one or all of these may improve symptoms. For some, these compounds lead to food and/ or respiratory allergies. For others, they experience autoimmune symptoms such as joint pain or skin rashes. Some people also may lack key enzymes needed to digest these compounds which leads to upset stomach, bloating, etc.
If your are experiencing any of these symptoms and/or are not experiencing 1-3 regular bowel movements/day then it might be time to have a gut check.
- Identify the root problem
- Slow down while eating and eat only until you’re 80% full
- Increase fiber intake, aka EAT YOUR VEGGIES!
- Avoid over consumption of processed/ refined sugars such as cereal, cake, cookies, etc.
- Try to avoid sugar alcohols such as sugar free desserts, gum, and protein bars
- Sleep and managing stress levels is essential to regulate inflammation
- Try using a probiotic
As always, please consult with your physician if you are ever experiencing any of these symptoms as it could be the roadblock that is inhibiting you from reaching your goals. Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve been in shape, felt energized throughout your entire day, or felt capable and confident enough to do what you truly want. If you’re ready to have the body you deserve and get in control of your health and fitness once and for all, we’re here to help. You’ve tried doing it alone. Now try with someone who’s ready to bring a commitment that’s as serious as your own. This is your opportunity to to work with the best coaching team in the industry.
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