4 Ways To Start Improving Your Gut Health Today
If you read my last article Why Gut Health Is Important you would have gained a good basic understating of why gut health is such a big topic these days, and why so many of us are suffering from gut issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, food intolerances, candida, leaky gut, IBS, other diagnosed gut conditions and auto-immune issues.
And if you answered YES to any of the gut related questions in the last article Why Gut Health Is Important you will most likely want to get started on healing your tummy troubles!
So here are 4 ways you can start improving your gut health today:
(And I’ve kept them super simple so you can start doing this at home straight away).
1. Look at your current diet.
Are you currently eating or drinking any of the following:
Soy milk, or soy based products (tofu, tempe), processed vegetable oils, wheat based foods such as breads, cakes, pastries, pasta’s, dairy products, milk, yoghurt, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, or eat a lot of corn or conventional produce, processed foods & foods that contain hidden GMO’s, artificial sweeteners, soft-drinks?
If you answered YES to one or more, start by eliminating these foods in your diet, as they are gut irritants, inflammatory and can weaken the gut. Replace with natural based sugar free, non GMO, organic if you can, dairy and gluten free options.
Try this for a week and see and feel the difference this makes. It may help with your bloating, improve your toilet trips, as well as improve your mood, quality of sleep and more! If your gut health does not improve after eliminating these inflammatory and gut weakening foods you may need to delve deeper into your tummy troubles as these types of foods can contribute to leaky gut which requires a bit more attention and strategy to healing your gut.
2. Start taking Apple Cider Vinegar before every meal
Apple Cider Vinegar is truly a miracle food! If any of you follow me on Instagram you’ll know how much I go on and on about ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar).
Most of us have low stomach acid these days due to our crazy lifestyles and diet. And this can contribute to gas, bloating, poor digestion, malabsorption, inflammation, weight gain, parasites, candida and bad bacteria and general poor gut health.
Well ACV can help improve that by increasing stomach acid. Having optimal stomach acid is key to keeping candida, parasites, bad bacteria away, and to ensuring all your food is digested properly when it hits the stomach.
To improve your gut health today start by taking 1T ACV in a small glass of water before every meal. It’s quite strong, so knock it back like you would having a tequila shot! And then follow up with another glass of water.
Don’t worry even though you are drinking an ‘acid’ you won’t become acidic as ACV leaves an alkaline ash in the body.
There are also a million other amazing benefits of taking ACV (literally) such as lowering blood sugar from the foods you eat, helping improve insulin resistance, improving protein digestion (great for retaining muscle mass), I might even write a seperate article about this miracle food another time. :)
3. Take a good quality broad-spectrum pro-biotic every day. Maybe even twice a day.
Working on your gut health without taking probiotics is like trying to make a raw vegan cheesecake with out coconut oil. It just won’t work!
Poor gut health usually involves an incorrect ratio of good bacteria to bad, with more bad than good.
So we need to correct this imbalance to get you feeling good again. (There’s a specific protocol for doing this which we do together in The Gut Makeover Program), but in the meantime for a good all round maintenance / daily application do this:
Find yourself a good quality broad-spectrum pro-biotic and take it in the morning before breakfast, and perhaps even 1 before you go to bed. You need to take these every day, as we excrete good bacteria every day, and sometimes we need even higher doses and other specific strains depending on what is going on with our gut health at the time.
Broad spectrum pro-biotics supports normal absorption and assimilation of nutrients, promotes healthy bacteria counts and pH levels in the gut, helps maintain a healthy intestinal bacterial balance, maintains intestinal comfort and health, may help alleviate occasional gas, bloating or traveler’s diarrhea.
These are the strains to look for in a broad-spectrum (and the highest count possible, in the billions):
Saccharomyces boulardii, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bacillus subtilis, Lactobacillus paracasei, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus casei.
4. Eat more plants.
The latest gut microbiome scientific studies have shown that the more plants you eat the more diverse your bacterial terrain will be. And that missing gut microbiome or less diversity can contribute to obesity, particular food cravings, ADHD, anxiety or depression.
So check out my free recipes or sign up to me via the Home Page of the website and let me help you get started in the right direction towards adding more delicious plant based foods into your everyday.
Try these 4 simple but key tips for improving your gut health and let me know how you go!
Tried these tips already and still feeling blah?
I know how much of a drain it is on living your every day life to the fullest, when you have to deal with a bloated tummy, not being able to lose weight, or having acne in your adult years, auto-immune issues or leaky gut.
If I can heal my gut so can you!