The gut is the gateway to health. When we think about our body, every system is connected. They don’t run independently of each other and at the centre of a healthy body is a properly functioning digestive system.
I’m sure we’ve all experienced different symptoms at one time or another ranging from stomach pains, gas, bloating, diarrhoea, the list goes on. The reason behind this is linked to the fact that 60-80% of our immune system is located in our gut!
Not only does gut health directly relate to our bodily functions but gut imbalances have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, eczema and other chronic health problems.
Is your memory foggy? Can’t concentrate for very long? Do you always seem to get sick or catch infections? Mood swings/irritability? These are also linked to gut health!
How does it happen? Modern day lifestyles include many things that destroy our healthy gut flora – antibiotics, birth control, deist high in refined carbs, sugars & processed foods, wheat & grains, toxins and stress all have a negative impact on a healthy gut.
The good news? We can change it!!
The 4 R’s
REMOVE – Remove the bad stuff. Get rid of anything inflammatory – foods, infections, alcohol, drugs, caffeine. An elimination diet is a great place to start to find which foods are problematic for you.
REPLACE – Replace the good stuff. Find the essential ingredients to aid proper digestion.
RESTORE – Now to restore your gut’s natural goodies. Eat fermented foods like kefir, yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, take a high quality probiotic, drink bone broth.
REPAIR – Time for the necessary nutrients to help the gut repair itself. L-Glutamine is a great amino acid to help repaid the gut wall lining. Include zinc, omega 3, vitamin A, C & E plus supplementary herbs.
Why wait? Get your gut health in check today for a happier, healthier lifestyle! The Gut Foundation Australia is a great site for more information http://www.gutfoundation.com.au/about.