Love Your Gut

Thursday June 08, 2017

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Skin breakouts, uncomfortable digestion, food allergies or sensitivities, catching colds and flus, low moods, aches and pains and disturbed sleep. What do all these things have in common? If you guessed your gut, you’re right!

Your gut is involved in nearly everything you feel in your body. And the health of your entire body depends on one thing: how happy and healthy your gut is.

But in this modern day and age, life can be rough on the gut.

  • Eating too much food that causes inflammation such as convenience foods, fast foods, and sugar
  • Not eating enough foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant-rich plant foods
  • Too much stress
  • Too little sleep
  • Not spending enough time in nature (and spending too much time in front of screens)
  • Exposure to environmental toxins, and toxins in the food supply
  • Cycles of yo-yo dieting

Science is just beginning to understand the importance of the gut microbiome. But as of 2017, links have been identified between gut health and digestion, immune system functioning, mood and mental health, rate of aging, ability to detoxify, skin health, sleep problems, ADHD, food allergies and sensitivities, chronic, body-wide inflammation and pain, energy, athletic performance, autoimmune disease, joint pain and osteoarthritis and even Parkinson’s disease.

But the good news is that by supporting your gut, you can change the health of your body, from the inside, out!

A healthy gut is like a garden

Imagine that you want to create a beautiful, lush garden that’s teeming with all sorts of species of plants. But what you actually have is a plot of land that hasn’t grown anything in years. You wouldn’t expect to sow some seeds, walk away, and come back to a lush garden, would you? You’d want to start by making sure that the soil is healthy, and that you’re creating the right environment for your seeds to flourish!  

PRIME the gut

If your gut microbes are the beautiful flowers that live in your garden, your gut tissue is the soil that they grow from. Treat the soil with love, and more gut microbes will thrive. The ancient technique of fermentation acts like a “compost” – not only removing nutritional obstacles, but creating entirely new nutrients that help to nourish and heal gut tissue. Plus, it encourages the growth of healthy bacteria

SEED the gut

Probiotics are the seeds that you sow to grow a beautiful garden – of diverse gut microflora! Eating probiotic-rich foods is a great way to seed the gut, but most guts need a little extra love. A potent probiotic can help to restore biodiversity by seeding the gut with more strains of healthy microbes

FEED the gut

Plants thrive on sunshine and water – give them both and watch them flourish. Your microbes need the same type of love. Their favourite food? A class of phytonutrients called polyphenols!

Love your gut – and let it love you back. This is Genuine Health’s foundational program to regain your health, from the inside, out! 

 

Interested in more information on the topic? Join Lisa Kilgours Webinar on June 15th, 2017 here