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Gut Health 101: 7 Ways to Fix an Unhealthy Gut

It seems like everywhere you turn you hear of someone complaining about bloating, gas, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), food intolerances, leaky gut, and more.  

Plus, autoimmune diseases, mood disorders, mental health disorders, endocrine disorders, skin conditions, and cancer are all on the rise.  And the link between these diseases and gut health is one that is being studied significantly these days.

So is this all linked to our Gut Health?

The short answer is YES, - "Numerous studies in the past two decades have demonstrated links between gut health and the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions, and cancer." Healthline

While these tests are showing a link, there is much more to learn about gut health and its connection to overall health and longevity.  

Okay! So what makes your Gut healthy or unhealthy?

That has everything to do with your microbiome (also known as the bacteria in your intestines).  Studies show that people with a healthy, diverse microbiome are healthier.  

And we know that your microbiome is passed on to you by your mother at birth, and then influenced by your diet and lifestyle.  

Healthy lifestyle and diet choices promote the growth of a diverse, strong microbiome.

Poor lifestyle and diet choices promote the growth of a weak microbiome. 

Think you may have some gut issues?

Check out the list below to see if you need to make changes in your diet and lifestyle.

7 SIGNS OF AN UNHEALTHY GUT

  • Upset Stomach 
Do you suffer from gas, bloating, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn or other stomach issues?  If so, you may have an unhealthy gut.
  • Poor Diet
Does your diet consist of mainly processed foods and added sugars?  If so, this can lead to higher levels of inflammation and decreased amounts of good bacteria in the gut.
  • Unintentional weight changes
It may seem weird that an unhealthy gut can cause both weight gain and loss, but it really depends on what is going on with the gut flora.  Unintentional weight loss can be because of bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), while weight gain can be because of poor nutrient absorption leading to cravings, insulin resistance, and overeating.
  • Trouble Sleeping or Chronic Fatigue
If you have sleep issues such as insomnia, frequently waking up, or are just chronically fatigued, you may have a serotonin issue. Serotonin is tied to mood and sleep, and the majority of it is made in the gut. And if you gut is unhealthy, then you have trouble making enough serotonin.
  • Skin irritations
Eczema, Psoriasis, and other skin conditions have been linked to food sensitivities and allergies. These food sensitivities and allergies can be caused by proteins and microscopic food particles getting into the blood stream through a "leaky gut." The leaky gut is suspected to be caused by inflammation, which has been linked to poor gut health.
  • Autoimmune conditions
Gut health issues have been linked to chronic, systemic inflammation, and systemic inflammation has been linked to various autoimmune conditions.  
  • Food Intolerances
Do you have trouble digesting certain foods, but it isn't a food allergy? Symptoms of a food intolerance include bloating, gas, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea after eating certain foods. And a leaky gut is linked to food intolerances.
If you have some or many of these 7 signs of an unhealthy gut, then check out the list below to start healing your gut.  

7 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR GUT HEALTH

  • Lower your stress levels
We live in a stress filled world; there is no way to avoid it! But, we can do something about it!  Check out our blog: Feeling Stressed? You Are Not Alone. to learn how to reduce your stress and keep your gut healthy.
  • Get enough sleep 
Poor sleep is tied to many health issues including poor gut health.  To make sure you get enough sleep, read our blog: The Importance of Sleep on Your Health
  • Stay hydrated
Studies have linked hydration levels to a healthy gut lining and gut bacteria. Stay healthy and drink your water, or our Aminos ;)!
  • Gut Health Supplements

The leading gut health products on the market are Prebiotics and Probiotics.  Prebiotics are food sources that the good bacteria in your gut feed on to stay healthy and diverse.  Probiotics are the bacteria...but not all probiotics are created equal, have the bacteria your gut needs, or are even proven to work.  Please consult a licensed medical professional before choosing any supplement.

Another supplement option we recently became aware of is provided by a company called Purova.  Purova is neither a Prebiotic or Probiotic.  It works a different way.  It is the first ever direct gut health product on the market. It is an anti-body to a specific inflammation found in the gut.  This inflammation has been linked to many of the issues listed above.  By taking Purova, you can eliminate this inflammation and allow the body (and gut) to begin healing.  If you are interested in learning more about Purova, then Click Here

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  • Check for Food Intolerances
You can check for food intolerances by seeing a doctor or by attempting an elimination diet. Many people have benefited from identifying the foods that cause them discomfort. 
  • Change your diet
While processed, sugary foods hurt your gut health, natural, whole foods help promote a healthy gut.  A diet high in fiber, fruits, vegetables, and lean meats are linked to a healthy gut.  To learn more about Whole Food eating, read our blog: Lose Weight Without Being Hungry - Through a Real, Whole Food Diet
There are also natural sources of probiotics that can help with your gut health.  Fermented foods, such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut (unpasteurized), and bone broth can also be great for gut health.

CONCLUSIONS

Your gut health is linked to your overall health. Not just your weight and comfort digesting food, but to your immune system, your brain, and the rest of your body. 

Understanding the signs and causes of an unhealthy gut are as important as understanding how to heal your gut. Knowing that diet and lifestyle choices are paramount to a healthy gut will change your life.

Your genetics may predispose you to certain health issues, but it is your diet and lifestyle that determine if those predispositions become reality or not!

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