3 Tips for Restoring Your Gut Health
Written by Allana Pinkerton – https://allanapinkerton.com
Restoring your gut health should always be top priority. Having indigestion problems might not just be from the foods you are eating, but from bacteria and microbiome issues in your gut, which affects your overall health. Here are some tips for helping to restore your gut health. Now, more than ever, we need to start focusing on our gut health. After all, most of our immune system is in the gut. With a strong, healthy gut we can fight off disease and viruses.
Start with Probiotics
Everyone should be including more prebiotics and probiotics into their diet, but especially if you are dealing with gut health issues. Probiotics come in the form of supplements you can take daily, or in the foods you eat. Depending on the issues you have and their severity, you might want to introduce both for a while. Some foods with probiotics include fermented foods like kombucha, certain types of yogurt, kefir, and dark chocolate. Thank goodness for chocolate, right?! I take LIFE enzymes every day. These are completely plant-based supplements which help your food digest properly and enable the body to absorb the nutrients from the food you are eating.
Examine Your Diet
Aside from adding in more probiotic foods, it is also a good idea to remove some of the unhealthy foods in your diet. Eating a well-balanced diet is crucial if you want to restore your gut health. Start by removing processed and unrefined foods from your diet, which are typically packaged and frozen foods, except for frozen vegetables. Try to eat more whole, clean, and fresh foods, cooking more meals at home.
Removing dairy from your diet is often recommended for better gut health, which means no more butter, milk, cream, or cheese. Some people can have a modified dairy-free diet where you switch to ghee instead of butter and can have some types of cheese. Don’t worry you can introduce these back into your diet, however, I would recommend only cheeses from Europe and A2 casein milk, only when you are ready to try these products.
It is also good to add in some healthier fats to your diet, which provide excellent omega 3 fatty acids which are great for your gut health. Think about avocado oil, coconut oil and olive oil as good fats.
Consider Intermittent Fasting
The next lifestyle change you can make that will help to restore your gut health is to try intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting changes when you eat during the day. You will typically reduce your eating period each day to a certain number of hours, then the remainder of the day will be in a fasted state. Many people start by fasting for 16 hours, including overnight, then eat for 8 hours during the day. Over time, you can extend the fasted period and eat over a shorter time span. I often fast every week. Some do it during a certain time of the month. Some people may do it every few months.
Why intermittent fasting? Studies have shown that when you reduce how often you eat; you are able to reduce inflammation and increase the good gut bacteria in your body. In addition to reducing inflammation, fasting gives the body the ability to regenerate stem cells.
Be sure to speak with your doctor before starting any new healthy lifestyle. Ideally, a functional medicine doctor will provide you with the right guidance as they are experts when it comes to alternative, whole foods dieting. Most medical doctors do not focus on root causes of diseases or illnesses. They will simply treat your symptoms and prescribed medication. I prefer to hit the root cause of any issues I may be having. Mind you, now that I eat healthier, removed foods with lectins and greatly reduced sugar from my diet, I never seem to need a doctor anymore.
Focusing on my gut health has led me to a 65 lb. weight loss, eliminating fibromyalgia and arthritis pain. Needless to say, my gut is a lot flatter these days.
Food for thought, eh?