5 Easy Ways to Maintain a Healthy Gut
By Shanna Mota
Gut health is a hot topic these days – and for good reason! Did you know…
At least 70% of your immune system is in your gut!
And 85% of your serotonin receptors are located in your gut!
This means that an unhealthy gut can lead to:
- Low immune function
- Mood Swings
- Increase in autoimmune symptoms
- Brain Fog
- Increased susceptibility to disease
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
An unhealthy gut has also been linked to autism and other serious mental illnesses.
What are symptoms of an unhealthy gut?
- Infrequent bowel movements
- Stomach cramps or aches
- Burning or acid reflux
- Brain Fog
- Skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis
So how do you maintain a healthy gut?
#1. Eliminate Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Eliminate any food allergies and sensitivities you may have that can cause inflammation and/or irritation in the gut – you can determine food allergies by doing an elimination diet or a comprehensive blood test thru your naturopath or functional medicine doctor.
#2. Eat Fermented Foods
Try to include fermented foods in your diet on a weekly basis. Fermented foods include sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kombucha, kefir and pickled vegetables. Fermented foods are full of natural occurring probiotics and nutrients that help balance your healthy gut flora and boost the immune system.
#3. Take a Daily Probiotic
For those of you who do not like fermented foods, or if you do not eat them often, you should consider taking a daily probiotic supplement. Probiotics can come in both powder and capsule form. Aim for 10 probiotic strains, minimum and at least 10 billion CFU’s (colony forming units) per capsule. Refrigerated are best.
#4. Drink Bone Broth
Bone broth is full of healthy nutrients and minerals that help heal and seal your gut, reduce inflammation and joint pain, inhibit infection and boost your immune system. Click here to check out my favorite recipe for bone broth.
#5. Get Your Stool Tested
I work very closely with a Naturopathic Doctor who is adamant about having all her clients perform a stool test. She uncovers hidden infections on almost everyone! Yeast infections, bacterial infections, parasites, food allergies and other critters can be silently harming your gut and can then affect your immune system, moods, brain function, etc. without you even realizing it. It’s a simple, painless test and it could very well change your life!
A healthy gut is the key to a healthy YOU! For more information on the importance of gut health, I encourage you to do some of your own research. There is SO much information out there about gut health today – Even the Western Medicine Doctors are beginning to acknowledge the gut-brain-immune connection.
About the Author
Shanna Mota is a Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Yoga Teacher and the founder of Live Love Detox. She works on healing the body from the inside out. Most people do not realize how amazing their bodies are designed to feel and it is her goal to help you experience this using nutrition and yoga as the foundation.
Shanna focuses on group detox programs, educating her clients on how to nourish their bodies with nutrient dense foods, meal preparation techniques, simple healthy recipes and positive mindset exercises, for a full mind and body cleanse.
She is excited to contribute her expertise and knowledge to the Fitlife movement and inspire healthy change to the community.
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