You are what you eat. However, if your digestive tract isn’t working the way it should you’re missing out on key nutrients that pass right through you without being absorbed. This can lead to nutrient and vitamin deficiencies and the assorted health complications which accompany them. Some deficiencies may can lead to serious health complications like nervous disorders, insomnia, high blood pressure, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
When your gut health is poor you are more likely to suffer from regular cases of gas, bloating, diarrhea, cramping and constipation. These uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms can often keep you from doing the things you enjoy and generally decrease the quality of your life.
How to Promote Gut Health
Step 1: Eat Well
Avoid highly processed foods, carbohydrates, sugars, and excessive alcohol. In addition to the chemical additives and unnecessary calories in these foods, the compounds in these tempting favorites can dramatically affect the healthy populations of bacteria in your gut.
Step 2: Eat Right
Your mother always told you to chew your food. Proper chewing makes foods easier to digest when they hit your stomach and intestines. Not only do your teeth physically break down the food into easier-to-handle pieces, your saliva actually starts the chemical digestion process while the food is still in your mouth.
Step 3: Add Foods that Help Promote Gut Health
Apple cider vinegar increases the pH balance in your stomach, which improves the efficiency in which food is processed in your stomach
Probiotics (in supplements or from cultured foods like yogurt, cottage cheese, and other dairy beverages like kefir) can increase the levels of healthy bacteria in your gut.
Chia seeds, coconut oil, bone broth, prune juice and high fiber foods can all keep things moving smoothly.
Step 4: Keep an Eye on the System
Understanding your personal bodily functions can help you spot changes—essential for stopping problems before they become issues. Also, being more comfortable with these things yourself will help you be more honest and open with your health professional.
Gut Health is the Basis of Whole Body Health
Understanding how the foods you put into your body affects what you get out of it is essential. Proper nutrition can impact every aspect of your life from your health and wellness to job performance and interpersonal relationships. At Pure Vitality we offer Food Sensitivity Testing to help you know which foods are right for your body and which foods may be working against you. Learn more about gut health at www.PureVitalityCenter.com. Call us at 310-820-7925 today to schedule your health assessment.
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