Healthy Gut, Happy You!
We all know, we are what we eat, but the implications go far beyond what we put in our mouths.
How our body digests and converts food into fuel for our cells, is the key to our overall health and wellbeing.
Did you know the gut is our second brain? This is because our gastrointestinal tract is loaded with neurons that release the same neurotransmitters found in the brain. This is why you have “gut feelings” and any upset to this balance can throw your body and mood into chaos.
Poor gut health can lead to impaired immune and nervous systems and it can wreak havoc with our hormonal function.
Symptoms can range from feeling lethargic, foggy, bloated to experiencing constipation, diarrhoea, uncontrollable weight gain or weight loss.
The good news is we can improve gut health with some simple changes and, for the chance of a healthier, happier body, it’s certainly worth it!
– Sometimes a reboot of the system is what is needed. Give up some of the foods that are known to cause digestive problems such as gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods, bad fats, caffeine and alcohol. If you observe improvement, over time, consider cutting it out for good.
-Take a probiotic to restore levels of good bacteria that are essential for a healthy digestive tract.
-Up your intake of fibre with psyllium husk, chia seeds, fruit, legumes, greens, beans and oats.
-Drink warm lemon water before meals to increase stomach acid.
-Take care of your stress levels – this is vital to keep the gut balanced and calm.