One of the biggest reasons that you might be feeling a little lethargic or suffer from that “Afternoon Slump” is because your gut has become slow and lazy from the foods you are eating. You heard me right, slow and lazy!! No one wants a slow and lazy gut. It is believed the gut is the gateway to health … When your gut is unhealthy, it can cause more than just stomach pain, gas, bloating, or diarrhea. Because 60-80% of our immune system is located in our gut, gut imbalances have been linked to more than just digestion issues but hormonal issues, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, and many other chronic health problems. Hence, healing your gut can really improve the overall levels of energy in your body. So instead of grabbing yet another Venti Starbuck, Here are some ways you can heal your gut for more energy.
Here are 6 steps to help heal your gut starting now:
1.) L-Glutamine supplements: I know, you have already heard us preach about L-Glutamine before. L-Glutamine is a nutrient that can help your body clear away harmful bacteria that might prevent your digestive system from working at its fullest capacity. This is our top suggestion for a reason. The one I linked to is the one I use and about the price of a Starbucks.I have tried a few more expensive brands but honestly, they all worked the same.
2.) Probiotics: Probiotics essentially increases the amount of good bacteria in your gut, which contributes a lot to the overall health of this part of your body. Good bacteria helps break down the food that you are eating, thereby allowing your body to utilize the nutrients that you are consuming. Yogurt is probably the best probiotic that you are going to find. I don’t eat yogurt all that often, so I take a supplement. This one is a great price and best seller online, but I actually had a Doctor suggest a very specific brand to me. Its pretty expensive, but after my Daughter had several rounds of antibiotics back to back for an infection we couldn’t shake … He said this one was hands down the best. In the case of my Daughter, she needed major restoration of her gut flora. So not everyone will need something this repairing. But I can say it was great for her! Additionally, It comes in pills that open up so it was very easy to pour into some applesauce or add to a smoothie as its tasteless and flavorless.It’s called Florastor I suggest that one for people who who really need to boost their flora from really low levels due to antibiotic use, long term diet issues, etc.
3.) Fermented Foods: Yes, this means beer! My husband would probably use this as a good excuse for a beer belly! Beer has a lot of fermentation going on which means that there are bacteria inside of it that break it down. If you consume fermented foods and drinks you will enjoy much better gut health, which is great because you will be able to have a good time while you are getting healthier. My personal favorite way to get this is sauerkraut. I add it to just about anything even tuna salad. It adds a nice crunch. I have friends that make it themselves. I have honestly not attempted it yet. My favorite brand is Bubbies Sauerkraut, which I think is in most higher end stores. They reason I like this one is it seems to stay crunchier but I am sure a ton of brands do.
4.) Eat Nutritionally Dense Foods: This includes foods such as avocado and kale (my fave). These foods are full of vitamins that your body needs in order to function properly. One of the biggest reasons that people tend not to have healthy guts is because their bodies are too weak to fight the bad bacteria present there. Sugar is a huge culprit in this area. I highly suggest watching That Sugar Film Its a MUST watch!
5.) Eat Starch: Starchy foods get a bad reputation because people assume that they are going to make them fat, but in truth they are actually very good for you. The probiotics in your gut are going to need reinforcements from time to time, and starch is what they use to get the energy needed to fight off the bad bacteria in your get. Rice is a great source of starch so you should try incorporating it as much as possible into your diet.
6.) Add Different Oils to your Diet: Oils such as Olive Oil and Lemon Oil are perfect for helping your body get strong enough to heal your gut. Just add some lemon or peppermint oil to your tea every day and you are going to start noticing a huge burst in energy that would come from your gut being a lot more efficient than it was before. A party in your tummy!
It’s time to give your Gut the proper support it needs. We often take it for granted and the truth is, its such a HUGE component of our overall health that we need to move our gut towards the top of our priority list.
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