How To Heal Your Gut To Heal Your Life

The gut is the most important system in our body. Even more important than the brain! Are you shocked to read this? I never considered that my gut could be responsible for more than just digesting food. It took me 50 years to develop a huge appreciation for the very complex activities the gut goes through every single day. Now, I am obsessed.

heal your gut to heal your life

I struggled my entire life with poor gut health and I had NO IDEA! My body was giving me signs that something wasn't right but I figured, this is just "my normal". Little did I know this entire time that my body was not able to digest certain foods (way beyond the typical problem foods such as gluten and corn) which is what was causing diarrhea, constipation, bloating, excess gas, brain fog, fatigue, moodiness, a racing mind when I was trying to fall asleep and waking up in the middle of the night.


There are a lot of health conditions that start because of an imbalance in the gut. Anxiety, hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, depression, insomnia, acne, psoriasis, arthritis, weight gain and weight loss are all caused by an unhealthy gut. You may be wondering why doctor's don't start with the gut after diagnosing an illness. It is because our medical system is built to focus on parts of our body and eliminating symptoms. Doctor's are not thinking about the entire body and getting to the root cause of the illness. They just want to treat the symptoms.


HOW TO IMPROVE GUT HEALTH


There are a few basic tips that everyone can follow for better gut health. This is a great place to start if you aren't having severe symptoms. If you haven't had a bowel movement in a couple of days, have severe stomach pain or cramping, severe diarrhea or anything out of the ordinary, then you definitely need to see a doctor immediately to get the most urgent care you can.


To promote a generally healthy gut, there is not a "one size fits all" protocol. This is why when we follow a specific program and don't get the results we want, it is very disappointing. Often, we are promised a great result and it just may not happen.

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I know because I've tried to figure out what works for me for years. I started having some success when I went mostly plant based and 80% organic. Seasonal allergies, constipation and rosacea went away. I started having easy, daily bowel movements. But I still had fatigue, brain fog, moodiness and anxiety. Then, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I learned more about how gut health impacts the thyroid. A lot of the symptoms I experienced are part of hypothyroidism due to (as I came to learn) deficiencies in specific bacteria in the gut.


Our body changes every 5 to 7 years. What works for our body for a period of time, may not work in the future. It is important to continually listen to our body, which is very hard to do when there are so many other responsibilities in our daily life. Below is a compilation of science based information on how to heal the gut.


DRINK WATER


One of the most important things to support good gut health is to drink water. Some people think drinking 64 oz of water a day is enough. It is if you weigh 128 pounds. If you weigh more than this, then you aren't drinking enough water. The general rule is to drink half your body weight in ounces every single day. If you weigh 150 pounds, then you need to drink 75 ounces. Coffee does not count because it is a diuretic, which makes you urinate and dehydrated. Herbal tea can count for half of daily water intake because some ingredients can still impact our ability to absorb and retain the water we drink.

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