Your Gut Can be the Root Cause of Your Health Issues: How to Heal it
Have you ever had a gut feeling? A feeling in the gut that feels like it may contribute to a decision. Perhaps a positive or negative intuition,warning signs or food choices. Gut bacteria or bacteria species that make their home inside you can dominate and take centre stage in supporting almost every aspect of your life . The human body has at least 10,000 species of microbe organisms. Intestinal organisms can contribute to our immune system, detoxification, inflammation, neurotransmitter,vitamin production,nutrition absorption, signalling being hungry or full and utilizing carbs or fats. All of these process can potentially trigger whether or not we experience asthma,allergies,cancer diabetes,dementia or weight gain. Microbe organisms can affect our mood,metabolism, immune system, perceptions or clarity of our thoughts. They can determine whether we gain weight, lose weight become energetic or lethargic. Everything about our health including how we feel emotionally and physically,depends on the state of our microbiome.
Healthy bacteria are just as vital to our health as water and air. Your gut is really your second brain which goes back to the point in the beginning of the article ”Gut Feeling”. Your gut brain can act independently from your actual brain and control different functions in the body without the brains input or help.
We can all agree that consistent exercise plays a key role in maintaining overall health, but what most people don’t realize is that nutrition can affect not only your body weight but also your gut health. In fact, what you put into your body can have lasting negative or positive effects over time. Therefore, it is important to be aware of your diet and how it could be influencing your health.
There are a variety of foods to be avoided if you’d like to use your gut to heal your health issues. Consuming an excessive amount of pastries,processed sugars,baked goods,unhealthy oils and fats, are terrible for the body and can wreak havoc in your gut. It is best to avoid the over consumption of starchy foods as well. Also, pay attention to what you are drinking. Alcoholic beverages should only be consumed in moderation, and drinks like coffee and fruit juice should be monitored as well.
So, what should you eat? Depending on the goals and needs for each specific individual. As an online fitness coach i normally recommend a diet that is high in healthy fats, leafy vegetables, and low-moderate carb foods. Some examples of vegetables that are good for the gut are leafy greens, lettuce, mushrooms, spinach, squash, tomatoes, and zucchini. You will also want to include lean meats, like fish, as well as other sources of protein (such as eggs). Nuts and seeds make great snacks if you get hungry between meals, and they are packed with protein to sustain you for loger periods of time. One of the most important ways to increase your gut health is by taking probiotics via supplement or food.
It is important that you take your nutrition very seriously because an imbalance of bacteria in the gut can make you feel sick and can even lead to more serious diseases over time. Eating a healthy diet reduces your risk of developing neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, and there is also evidence of the influence of diet on anxiety, chronic fatigue, and poor concentration. Therefore, when you choose to eat well, you are not only helping to maximize the effects of your fitness training but also protecting yourself from potential health issues. The references from this article are from one of my favourite books on Gut bacteria is the Brain Maker by Dr. Perlmutter. Its a great read and i would highly recommend this book.