So many people nowadays live with gut-based illnesses. It’s vital for our overall health and wellness that we take exceptional care of our gut. Having been diagnosed with “IBS” by a medical doctor 5+ years ago I know how a lot of people feel. But trust me, there is light at the end of the tunnel! I healed myself, and you can too!
IBS in my opinion is an umbrella term meaning “we don’t actually know what is going on in your digestive tract”. Healing the gut and “IBS” IS possible! I can vouch for that as I healed my-self through diet and lifestyle changes. It does take commitment but if you want to fix it and believe you can, then you have the power! Here are 5 of my top tips to follow for a healthy and happy gut.
- Eat Real Wholefoods
Consume ample amounts of fresh non starchy veggies, small amounts of low GI fruit, easy to digest wholegrains (quinoa, brown rice, oats, amaranth – all soaked before consumption if possible, and kumera), healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil and flakes, avocado, nuts and seeds), and protein (either vegetarian sources or good quality meat sources).
- Remove all possible offenders
In order to rebuild your gut you have to remove all food that could potentially be causing you damage. Including sugar, gluten and dairy. These foods are all extremely inflammatory. Sugar also feeds the unwanted bacteria in your gut and depletes the good bacteria which is needed to support a healthy gut flora.
- Repopulate the gut with good bacteria
Bring in good to outweigh the bad. Fermented foods are a great way to go, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kefir, tempeh. You may need to start supplementing with a high strength good quality probiotic. I recommended seeking help from a holistic practitioner to help you find the correct probiotic strain for your body.
- Practice stress management techniques daily
Modern day ‘busy’ lifestyles cause the nervous system to go into the sympathetic ‘fight or flight’ response. This response may help you feel more alert and focused but it hinders your digestion process.
Your body needs to be relaxed in the parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ response in order for your body to digest and assimilate food effectively. Stress also affects your gut lining, creating more damage and inflammation. Engage in a daily activity for 5-15 minutes to allow your body to decrease stress levels so you can restore, repair and heal your gut. Diagrammatic breathing, meditation, yoga and walking are some great options. My favourite way to relax my nervous system is to put my legs up against a wall for 15 minutes before bed, or when I get home from work.
- Get hydrated
This goes without saying. Water nourishes the digestive tract, supports the absorption of nutrients and removes waste and toxins. Aim for 2-3 litres of filtered water per day.
If you do have chronic gut problems then I do recommended seeking help from a holistic practitioner, as there are many factors which can impact your gut flora. Please feel free to message me if you would like guidance on this, I would love to help. I also offer free 30 minute consultations to all new clients.