Did you know that your gut is directly tied to every aspect of your health? Yes, it's true - every part of your health. 70% of your entire immune system is located in your gut and these microbes play critical roles in appetite regulation, allergies, metabolism, mental health and how we feel every day - including our hormones.
and much more.
Reducing stress and eating foods that are rich in nutrients along with taking some targeted supplements can help repair the gut lining and protect the microbiome- all those tiny microbe- like bacteria, viruses and fungi that are essential for our health.
There's a type of bacteria in our gut [estrobolome] that's responsible for metabolizing estrogen. When dysbiosis occurs - an imbalance in the gut bugs, the estrogen can be reactivated and recirculated leading to symptoms of Estrogen Dominance which can include; decreased sex drive, increased PMS, irregular periods, depression and mood swings, foggy brain, bloating, and hot flashes.
Our gut health influences the activity of enzymes that are central in the conversion of the T4 and T3. When this is not optimal, it creates symptoms of a sluggish thyroid.
Balance Blood Sugar.
"Leaky gut" triggers the inflammatory process that interferes with the effectiveness of insulin which manages blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance is connected to hormonal imbalances, like PCOS.
Improve Nutrient Absorption.
The gut microbiome influences how nutrients like iodine, selenium, zinc, iron, B vitamins, tyrosine and vitamin A are absorbed. These are essential to a healthy thyroid and optimal hormone balance.
Try These Ideas Ideas.
Strengthen the Gut Lining.
Include bone broth, gelatin, collagen, colostrum or L-Glutamine to your diet.
Create a Peaceful Mealtime Routine.
1. Digestion begins in the brain and is triggered by thought, sight, and the smell of food..
2. Always sit while eating and take a few deep breaths before beginning your meal. Digestion is a process that requires you to be in a rest & digest state. Deep breathing signals your body by calming the mind and nervous system and relieving tension from the body.
3. Hydration is important -so drink water throughout the day but limit liquids at meals to support better digestion. This requires you to actually chew your food instead of using liquids to push food through.
4. Turn-off screens while eating so that you will pay attention to taking smaller bites, chewing well and actually enjoying your food.
5. Check-in with yourself so that you can determine how satisfied you feel.
Include a Wide Varitey of Vegetables.
Eating the same three vegetables will supply you with the same nutrients. The beauty of the vegetable kingdom is that they are not the same.Every vegetable has a unique nutrient profile that we can benefit from. So be adventurous, choose something new to try which will improve the nutrient diversity and your health.
Watch out for Seed [vegetable] Oils.
The eight industrial toxic oils are; Canola. Corn, Soy, Sunflower, Safflower, Grapeseed and Rice bran. These highly processed oils are extracted using toxic chemicals that disrupt and damage the gut, increase the risk of diabetes, depression, anxiety, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease and many more metabolic issues.
Eat Whole Real Foods.
Fill your plate with good quality protein, healthy fats, and vegetables first. Instead of telling yourself, I "can't" eat certain foods, try to enjoy these deeply nourishing foods first and then see if you actually want something more.Remember, your taste buds will change over time and if you keep eating well someday these will be the food you crave.
Take a Probiotic Every Day.
Choosing a high quality probiotic supplement can make a big difference in your gut health. Probiotics improve digestion and support immune function by balancing the bacteria in the gut. They also reduce symptoms of digestive issues, improve bowel health, reduce bloating and gas and can even boost our mood and reduce stress.
Consider These Upgrades.
When we focus on increasing nutrients and digestibility by making better food choices, we will improve our health outcomes. How we digest what we are eat is an important question for consideration. We can support optimal gut health which affects every major body system by following these suggestions. This can be a game-changer, because these changes mades over time will yield improvements in so many areas and also save you from serious health problems down the road.
What can you upgrade today?
Non-fat ot low-fat conventional dairy to Organic, grass-fed full fat dairy.
Regular grocery store bread to Fermented real organic sourdough.
Regular grains to Soaked/sprouted grains.
Conventional boneless skinless chicken to
Whole organic chicken.
Vitamins from the grocery store to Well-sourced supplements.
Regular eggs to Pasture-raised eggs.
Seed [vegetable] oils to Grass-fed butter, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil.
Conventional produce to Organic in-season fruits and veggies.
Conventional coffee to Organic mold-free coffee.
Plant protein to
Grass-fed, finished animal protein.
Do One Thing.
We are bombarded with conflicting information daily. Eat this, don't eat that. Take these supplements and experience perfect health. But, my encouragement for you today is to choose something you can do daily and then do it every day. When this feels like a habit, try another improvement. Rome wasn't built in a day and this is also true for how we move toward better health.
The goal is to begin now and keep moving forward.
I love joining people who want to make changes so that they can feel better. I can help break through all the messaging around what to do or not to do and help you find what works for you
We are all different and there is no one way.
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You can find me here. https://www.janlindquistntp.com
Thanks for reading,