You may have noticed there here has been a LOT of buzz about “gut health” lately … and for a very good reason!
Today I want to share, so that the more we learn about it, the more we realize how incredibly important it is!
Not just with your digestion (although that’s super important) … but also for your heart, your brain, your immune system, and even your mood, especially during this time globally.
A Few Fun facts
- There is about 100 trillion (!!!) microbes living in your gut right now. And there are about 1,000 different species of known gut bacteria.
(Trivia Fun Fact #1: if you were to weigh all the bacteria in your gut, they would weigh over 4 lbs (2 kg))!
- Some bacteria are your personal army of helpers: digesting your food, making energy, and keeping your immune system strong.
- Other types of bacteria are not-so-good and may be linked with digestive upset, inflammation, obesity, and even conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma.
So, as you can imagine, you want to make sure your gut stays in balance, with more of the good guys than the bad guys!
And a simple way to do that is with your food and lifestyle choices.
Your Gut Microbiome Is Like Your Fingerprint . . . What?!?
No one else’s is exactly the same.
All of us share about one-third of the same microbiota makeup – but two-thirds of your microbiota “fingerprint” are unique to YOU!
Even though we all have our own unique gut microbiome, the basic guidelines for keeping it in balance work for nearly everyone!
So, I’m going to be sharing a LOT more info about all of this in the coming weeks, but here’s a quick checklist to get you started:
- Make sure you’re getting enough fiber, including insoluble fiber. These fibers are what the good bacteria in your small intestine like to feed on.
- Eat fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, because they contain healthy bacteria that can replenish your gut microbiome. This is especially true if you have taken antibiotics, which can affect the balance of your gut bacteria.
- Avoid processed foods and sugar. The bad-guy bacteria like to feed on these!
- Reduce stress. Meditate, journal, go outside for some fresh air. There’s a direct connection (your vagus nerve) between your brain and your gut, each affecting the other!
- Get regular exercise. The more active you are, the happier your gut microbiome is!
- Get enough sleep. When your sleep is disrupted, so are the good bacteria in your microbiome. And vice versa!
It’s amazing how everything works together, isn’t it?
Speaking Of Working Together …
I am here for you to help on your journey to feeling healthier. In the next 7 days, I will be releasing for free a Gut Health & Recipe Guide to help you on your journey for a healthier gut, microbiome, and happier body & mind (see below). If you would like a copy of this, please contact me.
Committed to your health,
CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist @ the Other Pain Clinic Inc.™