Understanding GUT Health and What You Can Do to Help


Do you understand the importance of a healthy Gut?  Do you know what an unhealthy Gut is? Do you know how to get a healthy Gut and keep it that way?

If you don’t know the answer to all of the above, you should find out. First, take a peek at this…learn the basic definition of what goes on inside our Gut:

Digestive issues …many people suffer from them.  Doctor visits, medications and lots of discomfort.  What if you could transform your body and life and get well.

What are some things you can do to help your Gut get healthy and stay healthy:

  1. CHEW: 50 to 70 times because digestion starts in the saliva and there is an enzyme that helps start to break down the food. Carbohydrates are a major challenge for our digestion. If you chew 50 – 70 times, if you have gut issues, stress issues, post-meal gas and bloating…chew your food more thoroughly.  Try it for 2 weeks and see how you feel.  BONUS: it helps slow you down and you will eat less because it will take you longer and you will feel full…takes about 20 minutes for the brain to register from your gut that you are full so that is why people who eat fast tend to over eat.
  2. Mono Foods: Simplifying digestion.  It takes your body a different enzyme to break down different foods…starch versus proteins, etc. Almost like eating like a baby.  It’s not that eating fruits and vegetables together but if you have a compromised digestive system, eat one thing at a time.  If you are eating protein…eat just the protein.  Eat fruit by itself. Eat Veggies by themselves.  Eat and wait 20 minutes before eating a different food.  It will help your digestion. You don’t have to do it all the time but if you are someone who is really not feeling well, it is a great way to help ease your body’s burden with digestion.
  3. Bone Broth: my neighbor makes this and drinks it.  I need to get on board.  Collagen is critical for health and is only found in animal foods.  Bone Broth is so soothing.  Bone Broth is the “cleanse” if you want a healthy gut and have issues.  It can be soothing and help your digestion. Learn more about Bone Broth. Easy to digest and allows your gut to heal…and great for kids.
  4. Fermented Foods: Saur Kraut, Kimchee, Pickeled vegetables, pickeled or fermented beets, pickeled ginger, wasabi, meso (fermented soy bean paste), yogurt, kiefer, apple cider and coconut vinegar, Kombucha, and olives (I didn’t know that one)…consume more fermented foods. There are great research about the probiotics in fermented foods.
  5. Blueberries: Blueberries are to the Gut like Cranberries are to the urinary tract. Antioxidants…blueberries are good for the brain and the gut. They also have additional fiber to help your digestion. Fresh or frozen…think Blueberry when you think Gut.
  6. Peppermint Oil: has significant research on its ability to calm an angry gut. Your gut is best if not seen or heard from.  If you are having issues…Peppermint Oil is soothing to your gut.  You can inhale it, apply it topically or consume it. Not via a Candy Cane though. Fennel Oil as well, Ginger and Coriander, Cummin, Lemon and Frankenscense.
  7. Ginger: the spice of 100 uses.  You may have heard about Ginger helping nausea.  To help calm upper GI issues, Ginger Tea, syrup, extract.  You can consume it in so many different foods…grate it or buy it grated.  Incorporate it in your diet.
  8. Rebounder/mini trampolene: exercise that helps move your lymphatic system but also the gut.  10 minutes twice a day moving up and down.
  9. Core 4: 1. Hydration: a dehydrated gut is a gut that doesn’t move.  Fecal matter just sits there and doesn’t move.  2. Lipids or fats: certain fats are great to move the bowel, particularly long-chain oils = olive, avocado, flax seed, fish. 3. Fiber: soluble fiber is great if you have an upset gut.  Insoluable if you are more on the constipation side.  Soluable great if your gut is irritable. Insoluable if your gut is very slow.  Look for foods that have a combination of both…fruits, veggies.  Kiwi helps to move the bowel very effectivly.  4. Probiotics: critical for your gut health.  By weight, your fecal matter is mor bacteria than it is food matter?!   It is recommended that you take a combination of plant-based and soil-based that don’t require refridgeration.

Emotions/stress/frustration/anger can all cause digestive issues.  You need to schedule time throughout your week to help alleviate these issues so help your gut.  Meditation, exercise, reading…anything to help you relieve stress.

I watched this is Amazon Prime and was fascinated.  You should check it out. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can try it out for 30 days…give this a watch…could really change how you think about your GUT and the food you eat and other things you may do to feel better: The Gut: our Second Brain

I start everyday with 16 – 24 ounces of lemon water.  I eat a healthy breakfast and drink water through out my day.  I strive to eat healthy, lots of vegetables, some fruit, healthy nuts/seeds, healthy carbs, healthy fats/oils.  I exercise 6 days a week.  I try to make sure that I get enough sleep.  I drink Shakeology daily which gives me probiotics, prebiotics, digestive enzymes and fiber that may be lacking in my nutrition.

What do you do daily to help your gut?

I hope this helps.  Please share it with others because most people suffer from gut problems.

Drink more water, eat more veggies and make sure you exercise.  Have a healthy gut, feel better inside and out!

XO  June Hug

Star Diamond, All Star Legend Coach

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