Are you feeling bloated, tired, sluggish, constipated?
Perhaps you are dealing with the other end of the spectrum…crampy and urgent visits to the bathroom.
Maybe, you are dealing with both so frequently you are wondering what’s wrong.
Having balanced, healthy digestion seems to be in demand these days. Perhaps it’s our all too processed, low fiber, low nutrient diet. Perhaps it’s the masses of extreme never ending stress we expose ourselves to. Perhaps it’s the environmental toxins, over exposure to antibiotics, or even all of these things combined. The truth is a healthy gut is synonymous with healthiness and happiness.
Want to find your way to a happy tummy? Let me help you get started!
1. Take probiotics – In today’s media culture, this feels like a given, but I bet you probably aren’t taking one. If you are taking one, it might not be working. Probiotic basically means “for life” and are live microorganisms meant to support your natural healthy gut bacteria. The best forms of probiotics include naturally fermented vegetables like Kimchi and Sauerkraut. But the canned and shelved variety won’t do, you must opt for either home-made or the refrigerated kind, like Bubbies. (Not a paid endorsement). Years ago, I had a Naturopathic Doctor suggest Good Belly. This is my fall back probiotic and one my whole family will take easily.
2. Chew well – The only place in our whole body that we have teeth is in our mouth! The process of chewing is so important. Allowing your mouth the time it needs to do it’s job in our fast paced, highly distracting world, can feel tedious – but humor me (and your gut) and give it a whirl! Chew each bite 30 times before swallowing. This allows not only your teeth to grind and break down the bulk of the food, but it allows the enzymes in our saliva, (salivary amylase) to begin the digestion process. When you don’t chew well, you are leaving the rest of the body to do this tedious, and often difficult, work.
3. Get rid of the foods you love, that don’t love you – You know, the dairy, the wheat, and maybe even the night shades. When you decide to do this, you may need support? If so, let me know, I will be glad to speak with you in my free fifty minute consultation to see how I can help you.
4. Destress – I speak about this catch 22 in my new book, Lessons for MomPositive Living. I know what it’s like to hear that and not have a clue how to go about it. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition offers an incredible eye opening exercise called The Circle of Life. It’s a great place to start understanding factors that may have a negative impact on your health other than food. You can do this exercise here: CIRCLE OF LIFE. As you learn about these factors, you will begin to uncover the root source of a great many things that play a role in your gut health, happiness, and over all well being. This was a big piece in my personal healing puzzle.
Each of these tips plays a role in supreme gut health.
As you walk through these changes, track your progress using a journal or personal notebook. Looking back on your own healing journey is extremely rewarding. It gives you a place to check in with yourself and get clear on how far you’ve come and what you’ve over come! Journaling can serve as a reminder of what’s worked and what hasn’t, and allows you a safe place to break down what’s happening for you.
Remember, the healthier and happier you are, the better you can support and be present with your family!
Head Positive Mom,
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