Written by: Kat Gal
Optimal health starts in your gut. This means that all disease starts in your gut too.
Did you know that there are more bacteria in your digestive system than there are cells in your body? It’s true. Your gut bacteria combined weighs about 4 lbs.
Since all these bacteria control your health, the kind of bacteria you host matters. If your body hosts an overwhelming amount of bad bacteria, you will experience imbalance, sluggishness, pain and disease. If the good bugs are on the winning side and there is a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria, your body can create balance and experience health.
Eating a poor diet and being exposed to an environment full of heavy metals, pesticides and chemicals leads to imbalance in your gut flora. It can lead to leaky gut, otherwise known as intestinal permeability that causes undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to "leak" through your intestines and flood your bloodstream.
That doesn’t sound good, does it?
If you're experiencing any of these major signs/symptoms of poor gut health, there's a good chance the condition of your gut could be behind how you're feeling.
Dysbiosis refers to an imbalance of microbial colonies in your body.
Signs of dysbiosis:
Limiting your starch, sugar and processed food intake, eating plenty of whole foods and taking probiotics can help this issue.
Antibiotics not only kill the bad bugs, but the good guys too. If you are taking antibiotics, it is important to take probiotics during and after your treatment to keep your gut flora healthy and balanced. (4)
Allergies are often linked to poor gut health and are a side effect of modern civilization. Healing your gut flora can help your body to handle natural foods and environmental allergens better. (2)
Your gut is your second brain. Since your gut health affects your body’s ability to create dopamine and serotonin (the happy hormones), it is responsible for your happiness and mental health. A healthy diet and probiotics can boost your mental health and happiness levels. (3)
Food toxins, environmental toxins and even vaccination damage can lead to poor gut health and health issues.
Signs of toxin overload:
Doing your best to avoid toxins, eat a clean diet and take probiotics are key to your recovery.
For one, ditch processed foods, processed sugar, artificial ingredients, added junk and chemicals. Eat a mostly organic, whole foods diet with lot of greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans and whole grains. When it comes to personal hygiene and household items, stick to natural and organic whenever possible. Drink plenty of water, exercise, sleep plenty and work on a positive mindset.
These basic steps are key to your gut health. But there is one crucial step you CANNOT forget about no matter what...
Probiotics are microorganisms that can actually improve your health. They are good bacteria that can help create balance in your system and therefore, prevent, improve and remedy all sorts of ailments. (1)
Taking Probiotic Supplements
Choose high-quality probiotic supplements with at least 50 billion CFUs and 10+ strains of bacteria (hint: the best probiotic I could personally find on the market is our very own Biotic Balance. It seriously changed my gut health for the better. The best part: it doesn’t even require refrigeration).
Along with your daily probiotic capsule, you should also eat plenty of probiotic-rich foods to boost your body’s chances to create health quickly.
The Best Sources Of Probiotics
Other Important Supplements For Healing Your Gut
Following these tips, you can create health and balance in your gut in no time.
How will you take care of your gut today? Share away in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.
And remember, we're in this together.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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