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Can You Trust Your Gut?

February 19, 2020

Gut health is coming up in daily conversations surrounding how it links to the immune system and other various conditions. If you are suffering from an unexplained and repeating form of illness, it is extremely frustrating to continue on with worsening symptoms without an exact diagnosis. While we aren’t suggesting your gut is unhealthy, it might be time to strengthen that link between your gut and your illness. Additionally, it is wise to be aware of what you could be doing to contribute to your overall gut health!

Be aware of what you are eating and how it makes you feel. Food in its simplest form is the substance used to fuel your body to function properly. Due to varying circumstances, different people react differently to types of food. Pay attention to how your body responds to what you are ingesting. How do you feel as you are eating? How do you feel thirty minutes after a meal? How does it affect your sleep, awareness, and overall well being? Adding a probiotic to your daily supplements is suggested to promote gut health.

Stick to the basics and make them a priority. Back to the basics of sleeping well, eating well, and hydrating. Drinking plenty of water helps to flush and balance your existing bacteria. If you are struggling to get five hours of uninterrupted sleep at night, you are not sleeping well. Talk to your doctor about getting help if you are having trouble sleeping. You should aim for 7-8 hours!

Actively seek out ways to reduce stress. We’ve all heard the joke β€œnobody in the history of being told to calm down has ever, in fact, calmed down”. Well- the same goes for suggesting to lower your stress! Of course, we all want to be stress-free, but how? Some suggestions are going for walks, having a pet, using essential oils, partaking in exercise or yoga, meditation, and quiet time. Be intentional about making this time a priority.