May is 21-24th is Digestive Disease Week so to "celebrate", we are going to talk about your gut! You may not know it, but your gut is a very important part of your body. In your gut is the microbiome, or the powerhouse of your body. Inside this powerhouse are both good and bad bacteria (they balance each other out, to keep you balanced); however, when this balance gets knocked out-of-whack, your body suffers, sometimes resulting in stomach pain. Although diseases such as Acid reflux and Crohn's are not directly linked to an unstable microbiome, having a health gut can put you that must closer to relieving some of that stomach discomfort!
Your Gut and You
In previous posts, we have discussed the microbiome (MB) and its vitality in your body's day-to-day functions. In summary, your MB is a clean eater; therefore, when greasy, over-processed foods are consumed, it rejects the junk, causing what little "nutrients" are present to pass right through and into your intestines, leaving your powerhouse without any fuel. When your microbiome is malnourished, your body will feel the same. This can have detrimental effects on your body, including "inflammatory conditions, heart disease, cancers, and even dementia," according to Dr. Frank. Lipman. A healthy microbiome also assists in digestion, weight loss, and mood, showing a direct correlation between itself and mental health.
What you can do:
The best way to protect your body? EAT. But only the good stuff! Feed your gut pure proteins, whole grains, and fresh veggies. Focus on cutting out sugary, over-processed foods and dairy while consuming more greens, legumes, and fermented foods such as kimchi or sauerkraut. Fermented foods contain probiotics, which assist in growing good bacteria in your microbiome, which make for a happier, healthier you! If the thought of fermented foods gives you a sauer feeling in your stomach, perhaps try a probiotic supplement that is easy to digest instead.
Don't just feed, but nourish your body. Your gut, your microbiome, and your body will thank you.
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