Our body is so smart! It tells us when we have a health issue. We just have to listen, which is the hard part. We get bogged down with life and start to say things to ourselves like:
I'm always so tired. I guess I am just getting old.
My joints ache but I have no time to exercise.
Sick again! It must be going around the office.
I'm so embarrassed how bloated and gassy I get when I eat lunch, I'm just going to skip eating when in a meeting.
What most of us don't realize is that symptoms such as the ones listed above are a warning sign that our gut is unhealthy. When the symptoms happen slowly and over time, we don't think they are a warning sign. We think it is just part of life and aging. This is simply not true!
Here are how everyday symptoms are warning signs of an unhealthy gut.
BEING TIRED ALL THE TIME
If you are tired all the time, have trouble waking up in the morning or sleep through the alarm, this is a warning sign of an unhealthy gut. The number one cause of being tired all the time is stress. Stress impacts our gut health by keeping our body in fight-or-flight mode.
When we are stressed, the body naturally reacts by shutting down specific systems in the body. This is what is supposed to happen. The problem becomes when we are stressed all the time the body is unable to continuously adapt. This leads illness and fatigue.
I know you are thinking that it is impossible to eliminate all of the stress in your life. Work, family and life is stressful no matter how hard you try not to be stressed. There are coping mechanisms that can help your body deal with stress and help restore your gut health.
Meditation. Taking even just 5 minutes a day to take a few deep breaths and clear the mind does wonders for dealing with stress. It helps the body calm down and relax. An easy way to start meditating is to wake up in the morning and before getting out of bed, take a few deep breaths. Don't think about your to do list or the upcoming day. Simply inhale to the count of 4 and exhale slowly to a count of 4. As you get used to practicing this slow inhale and exhale, you can extend the time or increase the number of counts.
Walking. Taking 15 minutes to get away from the computer and take a brisk walk, is a great way to promote relaxation in the body. Being physical gets the blood moving and allows the body a quick break from a stressful routine. If you can't go outside, simply walk around the office building, take a flight of stairs or walk around the house.
Journal. Writing down what is stressing you out is a helpful way to get the stress out of your body. It can also help you figure out how to react or deal with the stressor. Once it is in black and white, the stress may not be so overwhelming. A few journal prompts to try:
Right now I feel challenged by ________________________________
I find myself repeating this script in my head today:
The things that help me the most right now are.....
SUFFERING FROM BLOATING, GAS, DIARRHEA OR CONSTIPATION
These very common symptoms are usually a tell tale sign that you have a food sensitivity or allergy. There are two ways to confirm if a food allergy or sensitivity is the root cause of the bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation. First, take an at-home food allergy test.
Everly Well and The Great Plains Laboratory provide at-home tests that can identify if you are sensitive or allergic to 96 foods. This is the easiest way to find the foods that are causing your symptoms. You can cut out the foods immediately and see how your symptoms improve. Stop eating those foods for at least 30 days to notice the results.
The second way to figure out what foods are causing your symptoms is to try an elimination diet. This will take longer but if you can't take the at-home food allergy test, this is the next best process. Start by eliminating the most common foods that people tend to be allergic or sensitive to. Foods that contain gluten, corn, eggs and dairy.
Stop eating those foods for 30 days. Then, one at a time, slowly reintroduce the foods and notice how you feel. If the bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation returns within 3 days of reintroducing the food, then you have a sensitivity or allergy. This doesn't mean you can't ever eat that food again. I recommend indulging in those foods once or twice a month.
FREQUENT COLDS, FLU'S AND VIRUSES
A common misconception of getting frequent colds, flu's and viruses is that we get sick because we are around sick people. This isn't true! Being around others who are sick is not a guarantee that you will get sick.
If your immune system is weak, that is when you will get a cold, flu or virus. A weak immune system is a sign that your digestive health is not good. 70% of the immune system is in the gut. If our gut is unhealthy, so is the rest of our body.
Getting to the root cause of what is causing the gut to be unhealthy is the only way to prevent frequent colds, flu's and viruses. Many times we don't realize that our gut has become unhealthy because we simply adapt to how we are feeling. The truth is that what happens to our body every day affects the health of our gut.
Toxins are everywhere! We can't avoid them. From the air we breath to the water we drink and food we eat, it is a constant battle for our gut to deal with toxins. We can take some steps to reduce our toxin load.
Eat Organic. Avoiding chemicals and pesticides in our food is one of the most significant ways we can support a healthy gut and immune system. When I tell people to eat organic, I am immediately told how expensive it is. This is not true anymore! Organic foods have increased significantly allowing prices to go down. There are many times I can find organic food cheaper than non-organic. Know your prices and shop in season for the best deals.
Drink Clean Water. Invest in a really good water filtration system. The water supply in the USA is allowed to contain contaminants. As we have seen in places like Michigan, the local governments are not quick to identify when the water supply has been compromised. Check out the water supply in your town by putting in your zip code in the EWG database.
Buy Personal Care Products with very few ingredients. Do you buy body wash? The amount of chemicals in a container of body wash can significantly impact the health of your gut. Using a product that has very few ingredients is a much better way to go. Plus, using a bar soap means you don't have to touch a plastic container. While the plastic container of your body wash may say it is free of BPA, there are a ton of other chemicals in plastics that can seep into your body.
As you can see, there are many ways to that your body will tell you that something is not right. Here are some additional symptoms that means your gut is unhealthy:
👉Congestion, coughing, wheezing
👉Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues
👉Headaches and migraines
👉Acne and itchy skin
👉Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
If you have even just one of the symptoms listed above, your body is telling you something is not right. Discovering the root cause and how to get healthy can be confusing and hard! I am here to help.
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist obsessed with teaching people just like you how to heal their gut so you can stop suffering and get back to living!
I offer a FREE 30 minute strategy session where we will talk about your specific symptoms and how the Simply Great Health program can help.
How would eliminating your symptoms improve your life? You could:
✅Be more present with your children
✅Focus at work
✅Have more energy
✅Stop running to the bathroom
✅Workout without fear of an accident or farting
✅Lose weight and keep it off
✅Restore your confidence
✅Be able to cook healthy meals for you and your family
✅Take an active vacation
✅Reclaim your life!
Simply Great Health is a customized 5 Step plan that heals your body and fits your busy lifestyle.
It’s very simple. No jumping through hoops and NO PRESSURE.
If we determine it’s not a fit, we’ll go our separate ways for now.
If it is a fit, we can take the next step and get you started on the path to healing.
HIGH CHOLESTEROL, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, WEIGHT GAIN
We have a protein obsession in the US! Many people think that eating a high-protein diet from primarily animal products is the best way to live a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, we have been misled.
Protein is a necessary part of a healthy body. That is not an issue. The source of protein and amount needed daily is where most people get confused. Most adults eat 50 to 100 grams of protein every single day. When really we only need about 30 grams. Protein is a building block for growth. Adults have stopped growing! So the amount we need everyday is reduced.
Eating protein from animal based sources means we are also getting unhealthy amounts of fat. While we need some fat for our body to be healthy, we do not need a lot of saturated fat which is primarily the source from animal products. Plant based sources of protein provide the necessary amount of protein without the saturated fat. In fact, plant based foods provide a great mix of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. The key ingredients for keeping the body in balance, healthy and digestion strong.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about how everyday symptoms may be a warning sign that your gut is unhealthy. The easiest way to get to the root cause of what is causing these symptoms is to work with a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, like myself. I create personalized plans that fit your lifestyle to help you fix your gut.
Once the gut is healthy, the overall health of our body improves. We are better able to deal with stress, avoid colds, flu's and viruses, lose weight, stop bloating, reduce the risk of disease and have daily bowel movements.
Do you think your symptoms are from having an unhealthy gut? Let me know by leaving a comment below.