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Does life feel very limited? Limited in what you can eat, limited in where you can go out? Do you lay in bed at night and hear your own bowel sounds? Does your world revolve around toilet accessibility?
The truth is our digestive health is vitally important to our overall health and we keep overlooking its importance.
There are amazing discoveries about the relationship of our gut health and overall health. No longer is it thought that our digestive system is only a place where our body absorbs vitamins and nutrients from food. It is now proven that most of our immunity is built in the digestive tract about 80% of it in fact.
With so many people experience digestive discomfort it is no wonder that an array of different health problems are also a common occurrence. Diabetes, skin problems, low energy, mood disorders such as stress, anxiety, depression, bloating and other IBS like symptoms are all problems of the gut!
In order to live a long, happy and healthy life, we must look after our gut health.
As the Greek Hippocrates said – “All disease begins in the gut”.
We live in a different world today than we once did. There are many more factors affecting our guts than before, things such as pollution, pesticides, stress, antibiotics, highly processed foods like microwaveable meals (yuck). We need to become more self-aware of the way our lifestyles are affecting our gut health. If we don’t we will become increasingly susceptible to infections, sickness, and an overall low-quality life which includes IBS and food intolerances.
Do you experience any of these digestive symptoms on a regular basis?
- Belching or gas
- Heartburn or acid reflux
- Bloating on a daily basis
- Bad breath
- Stomach pains or cramps
- Undigested food in your poo
- Sweat with a strong odour
- Food sensitivities/intolerances
- Food/Sugar cravings
- Alternating constipation and diarrhoea
- Excessive foul smelling or painful gas
- Nagging Skin Issues
- Mood Disorder: Anxiety, Depression, Brain Fog
If you answered yes to any or all of the above, the good news is that you can totally repair your gut and live a symptom free life. I did!
The fact that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a kind of umbrella term for diarrhoea, discomfort, cramping, constipation, bloating and pain, affects up to one in five people in Britain , doesn’t mean its OK to feel this way. It’s not how our bodies were designed to feel.
5 Steps to Heal your Gut and live Symptom free:
- The best way to start healing your gut is removing the most common food triggers for 8-12 weeks. These foods are dairy, gluten, yeast, eggs, corn, soy and peanuts. Reintroduce them only after you have followed through the rest of the steps because your gut needs to be healed before you can tolerate these foods again. Slowly and one by one.
- Introduce healing foods like bone broth, l’glutamine and collagen.
- Repopulate your digestive tract with good bacteria. Fermented foods and probiotic supplements are beneficial.
- Try digestive enzymes with meals to help break down food while your gut heals.
- As well as foods, you will need to look at your lifestyle – stress, sleep, pollution and antibiotics all massively impact the gut.
It can be worrying to start something new, especially when you have been trying to manage your symptoms as best you can, but there is hope. You can remove your digestive discomfort and once you realise this then you can start to make the changes to help. If you need guidance and further advice or someone to work with to take you through manageable steps to heal your gut then get in touch.