Today I wanted to touch on an uncomfortable topic…your gut health. As the topic continues to become more popular in everyday health conversations, people are learning about the links between common ailments and their gut’s health.
Here you will learn about some simple, natural things you can do to start improving your overall gut health today.
What is gut health and why is it so important?
Your gut health is one of the most important functions of the body. According to scientific research, poor eating habits is a leading contributor to various gut issues such as leaky gut, constipation, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), bloating, heartburn, unintentional weight changes, sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, diarrhea, food intolerances and autoimmune conditions.
Even spending more than eight (8) hours a day in front of the blue light from electronic devices can cause extreme dehydration and vitamin deficiency, which ultimately affects how your gut performs.
The human body was created to survive in an environment that is well hydrated and oxygenated with plenty of blood circulation. The wrong eating habits can reduce hydration and replace it with inflammation.
As inflammation progresses it affects blood circulation, which slows down digestion, thus affecting your gut’s health.
Steps to Improve Digestion and Overall Wellness
Today you’re going to learn about some of the most powerful foods and drinks that are sure to improve your overall health. The key to this journey, is to look for signs of when you should consume the foods outlined in this article.
When your body is low on electrolytes, this will trigger alarms within your body. What are electrolytes? Electrolytes are substances that conduct electricity when dissolved in water. They regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood acidity and pressure, and help rebuild damaged tissue.
There are six (6) main electrolytes our body needs to function on a daily basis. They are: calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, and phosphate.
You can get electrolytes from drinking sports drinks, water, real coconut water, and Pedialyte. While water does provide some level of electrolytes it is not an ideal source. Electrolytes are necessary to aid the body in moving hydration in and out of the cells for cleansing purposes.
For individuals taking laxatives over a long term, to resolve gut issues like constipation, you may notice that you become prone to hydration imbalance. This is because laxatives work by absorbing fluids into your intestines to encourage a bowl movement.
Unfortunately, drinking water to replenish the lost fluid is not enough. You will need electrolytes to replace what was lost and help you retain water. Pedialyte is an inexpensive and effective way to replace electrolytes. Results generally outperform sports drinks and the effects are almost immediate.
Hot Lemon Water
Sometimes your digestive tract can be so damaged, it can begin to show signs of damage through your skin. You may experience severely dry, itchy skin or a strange rash on the right side of your stomach. This is a sign that your body is starting to recycle it’s own waste due to a sluggish bowel. The toxic build-up will start to attract inflammation as your system becomes extremely dehydrated.
Lemons are an incredible super fruit because they aid in removing kidney stones, clearing the lymphatic system, detoxing the liver, clearing capillaries and arteries, and helping with digestion by reducing inflammation.
To improve your overall wellness consider adding one or more of these tea recipes to your everyday diet.
Lemon & Honey Tea
In a saucepan, combine 32 ounces of water and two lemons cut in halves. Add a tablespoon of honey and bring the mixture to a boil. Do not peel the lemons before putting them in the saucepan as you want to reap the full benefits of this super fruit.
Lemon, Garlic & Honey Tea
In a saucepan, combine 32 ounces of water and two lemons cut in halves. Add a tablespoon of honey and one clove of garlic. Bring the mixture to a boil. With this recipe, you get all the benefits of the previously mentioned lemon tea recipe, with an added anti-fungal benefit due to the garlic.
Lemon & Sage Tea
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Once boiled, remove from the heat and add 3 fresh sage leaves. Let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain into a cup, then squeeze in a little lemon juice. (Roughly ½ tsp per cup.) Add in a fresh lemon slice. For an optional sweetener you can use honey or agave nectar. If you’re pressed for time and want a quick and easy alternative you can steep in your travel mug, you might like these ready-made alternatives below.
Sage is an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and helps strengthen bones, control blood sugar levels and reduce free radicals in the digestive tract.
Lemon, Beetroot, Ginger & Honey Tea
The beetroots are what make this tea extremely powerful. Beetroots aid in improving one’s digestion as they are high in fiber content. Fiber bypasses digestion and heads down to the colon, where it either feeds the friendly gut bacteria or adds bulk to stool. Beets also are known to unclog capillaries and arteries and reduce fatty liver.
Top Food Choices for Improving Gut Health
The journey towards improving your overall gut health will take time. Along this journey, try to be mindful of what you eat. Your goal should be to consume foods that promote hydration in your body rather than deplete it.
Foods and condiments that are high in salt as well as sugary drinks are areas that you should avoid when trying to improve hydration in your body. You can add some of the following healthy food choices into your diet:
The vitamin C in oranges helps to soften stool, while the fiber makes elimination easier. The naringenin in oranges is a flavenoid that operates similar to a laxative. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and helps to protect the liver from damage.
Grapes contain resveratrol which has been known to kill cancer cells.
Broccoli helps the lining of your stomach but may cause some bloating.
Dragon fruit has been proven to digest quickly even in patients suffering from severe constipation.
Fermented beets are a great way to make your own probiotics and keep your blood circulating.
Yoghurt contains live probiotics which fight against bad bacteria in your gut.
Improving Your Gut Health Takes Time
Improving your gut health takes time and it will take commitment. If possible, try incorporating at least 20 hours of walking into your weekly regimen. It will keep your blood circulating.
Many people assume that consuming more fiber will solve their gut issues and that is not always the case. It is the rich oxygenated circulation of your blood and digestive enzymes that helps to eliminate waste efficiently and fight off harmful bacteria from your gut.
Try starting off small. Each month try doing at least one of the many tips you’ve learned about today. Remember to consult your trained medical physician before attempting anything new, especially if you are already on a strict diet or plan.
Hopefully, these tips can help you or someone you know who may be dealing with gut health issues. I’d love to hear about some of your own “go-to” remedies.
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