Every year we get older. It is a fact of life. Unfortunately, we've been trained that when we get older our health declines. We are told to be healthy we must take pharmaceuticals so we don't miss the important moments in our lives. The family birthday parties, children's weddings and grandchildren being born. I'm here to tell you this doesn't have to be true. Especially when it comes to gut health.
Our gut not only helps us digest food, process waste and detox our bodies naturally. It helps keep our immune system strong and our minds healthy. Take care of the gut and the rest of your body will benefit. But we often don't think about our health until it is too late. Once we have a health issue is when we decide to pay attention to being healthy. That's OK. That is human nature. When things are going fine, we don't think about what to eat, when to move our body and when to relax to beat stress.
How do you know your gut health is declining and needs some attention? Bowel movements will tell you a lot about your health if you pay attention to them. Some clear signs your gut is unhealthy are:
If you are not having a bowel movement every day, there is an issue. If your bowel movements are hard and you are straining, there is an issue.
The opposite of constipation! Runny, loose stools are a sign that something is wrong with your gut. If this condition happens long enough, you will be nutrient deficient because you are unable to absorb the nutrients from the food you are eating. Our bodies need time to process food that we eat to extract the nutrients it needs to be healthy.
This is not the occasional gas experienced when we eat foods that are in high in fiber and may cause gas. This gas is constant and happens even when a very small portion of food has been eaten. Also, if the gas smells foul your gut is definitely unhealthy.
If you experience bloating after you eat that is so severe you look pregnant, there is something wrong with your gut health. Bloating can be a sign of irritable bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease or a food intolerance.