What was the last thing that you ate?
Here’s the fun part:
- Will what you ate help feed the “good” bacteria in your gut …
Or the bad bacteria that lives in there?
The other day I did a blog post about why your gut is SO important to your health (click here to see it) because it impacts everything from your digestion to your brain to your heart and even your mood!
Today I want to dive in a little deeper and explain exactly why it’s so important to eat REAL, WHOLE foods because, so many times we just focus on how what we eat affects our weight. But there’s SO MUCH MORE at work here! And it’s all interconnected.
The “Good” Bacteria Inside Your Gut Needs To Eat, Just Like You & I Do
They, the “Good” bacteria, love to nibble on insoluble fibers (aka “prebiotics”) that are tough enough to survive the trip through your stomach.
Meanwhile, the “bad” bacteria inside your gut thrive in a low-fiber environment with sugars, processed foods and grains, additives, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and fillers.
Experts and researchers theorize that when there’s not enough food for your good bacteria, they physically starve.
This gives the bad bacteria a chance to get a foothold, which can cause some major problems!
It All Hinges On The Lining Of Your Gut
This lining is actually a super important part of your immune system, because it forms a barrier between the food you eat and the rest of your body.
When this lining becomes too permeable (when the bad bacteria begin to take over) …
. . . Toxins, bacteria, and even partially digested foods can “leak out” of your digestive system and make their way into your bloodstream. (this is called Leaky Gut!)
This can lead to inflammation and even trigger an immune system response.
Over time, this may cause a whole host of problems such as these …
- add towards chronic fatigue syndrome
- contribute towards migraines
- influence auto-immune diseases
- pitch in with skin conditions
This is why I look at food as an important part of overall health, and especially looking for ways about eating whole, “clean” foods. Because when your gut is happy, it makes the rest of your body and mind happy!
Like I mentioned earlier, the key to a healthy gut microbiome is BALANCE (including exercise, sleep, diet, stress, and more).
Making A Change …
If you’re ready to make a change and need a guide (aka coach), this is what I DO.
You’re not alone. Let me help you to start with a simple shift towards eating real whole foods. With my professional colleagues (registered holistic nutritionists) I will be making a 7 Day Healthy Gut, Healthy You Ditch The Junk e-book available for free after Easter Weekend. So, follow the Other Pain Clinic Inc™ to find out when you can get this!
Make your day an amazing day,
CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist @ the Other Pain Clinic Inc.™