I truly believe that good health starts in your gut. When the trillions of bacteria in your belly are out of whack it can lead to all kinds of health problems including anxiety, bloating, slow metabolism, breakouts, and more. Personally, taking control of my gut health has worked wonders for my overall health. Not only has my digestion improved, I noticed an improvement in my energy, mood and immune health. Here are some other health issues that can be caused by an unhealthy gut:
- Bloating, Constipation, and Diarrhea
- IBS, Crohn’s, Collitis, and Candida yeast overgrowth
- Mood, Anxiety, and Depression
- Metabolism and Weight Loss
- Immune Health
- Sugar and Hunger Cravings
So how do you make sure your belly doesn’t hate you, thus causing ALL of these health issues? Here’s the breakdown and my number one tool to healing my gut.
First thing’s first. Every day after breakfast I take my Silver Fern Brand Ultimate Probiotic. It is the only DNA verified, pharmaceutical grade probiotic and it has a 100% Survivability Guarantee. Most other probiotics on the market never actually make it to your stomach which is why it is so important to look for a 100% survivability rate that is lab tested when you are shopping for a probiotic. They also offer a 100% guarantee which I love. They truly believe in their products and back them 100%. Click here to shop and use my code “brocc” for a discount.
Other things that help your gut:
- A healthy, diverse diet: High-fiber foods, fruits, and veggies all support a healthy gut
- Fermented foods: Foods like plain yogurt, kimchi, kefir, and kombucha are all rich in lactobacilli, a type of bacteria that helps stimulate a healthy gut
- Prebiotoic foods: Your diet should consist of foods rich in prebiotic fibers like legumes, bananas, oats, asparagus, and onions
- Cleanse your body: Doing a cleanse (I love the reset from Beaming or my 10 day Detox) can help get your belly back on track
- Get enough sleep and exercise daily!
Things that f*&# up your gut:
- Artificial sweeteners: They have been shown to increase the amount of Clostridium and Enterobacteriaceae which are the harmful bacteria that we do not want in our belly!
- Stress: *says the most stressed person in America* Learning to practice what I preach but managing your stress levels has proven to be beneficial to your gut health amd overall well-being. Try implementing yoga, walking, and meditation into your routine
- Too much alcohol: Yeah, again… it’s hard to quit BUT limiting the amount of drinks you have especially in one sitting can greatly benefit your gut health
- Antibiotics: Sometimes we don’t have a choice, but if you don’t absolutely need to take antibiotics try to avoid as much as you can! They can harmfully effect your gut flora for up to TWO YEARS after taking them
- Smoking: Just don’t do it
Hope this was enlightening and inspired you to give your tummy a little extra love.