Why your gut could be behind those annoying symptoms...
You've probably heard it a million times before, but I'll say it again - your gut health is essential to your overall health. All of the horrible symptoms you're experiencing are most likely a result of an out-of-whack gut or unbalanced gut flora. In other words, you've got too many unfavourable microorganisms and not enough favourable ones in your gut.
As a result, your body is unable to digest food properly, eliminate waste and toxins efficiently and communicate with your brain to tell it to stop eating. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to optimise your gut flora and get your overall health back on track. Here are the three you should focus on first!
Three ways to optimise your gut bacteria
#1: Practise meditation to reduce your stress levels
Being chronically stressed out wreaks serious havoc on your gut. If you work a super-busy job and don’t make time every day for self-care, you’ll quickly drive your stress
levels through the roof and start experiencing symptoms of an unhealthy gut. If you’re wondering how you can show yourself some love to keep your stress levels at bay, I highly recommend meditation like deep breathing or yoga. As little as 10 minutes of yoga per day is enough downtime to help reduce your stress levels significantly – so give it a try!
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Poor blood circulation weighs you down like a ton of bricks
When your blood pumps through your body properly, as it was designed to, you feel young, alive and healthy, no matter how busy you are… Each night, you go to bed and your cells rejuvenate, and you’re up like a kid on his birthday the next morning… Every morning!
…Just like the Sherpas do. They thrive on Mount Everest, despite the lack of oxygen and the harsh conditions of the high altitude in which even plant-life ceases to exist!
But if you’re reading this right now, chances are, your blood circulation is weighing you down and keeping you from the things and people you love.
The thick and sludgy blood crawling through your veins resembles an engine that hasn’t had an oil change in years… It causes your reactions to slow down, your movements become laboured, and you start sputtering and choking every time you have to get over another one of life’s hills.
But it’s not your fault – and it doesn’t have to be this way forever…
In just 20 seconds per day, you could… Turn your body into a super powerhouse!
#2: Get enough plant-based and fermented foods in your diet
The simplest way to get to the root cause of gut problems? Take a look at what you’re putting on your plate – your food will tell you everything you need to know! Unfortunately, in today’s modern world, most store-bought foods are brimming with additives and excess sugar, which are bad for more than just your waistline! These ingredients also promote the growth of yeast and unfriendly bacteria in your gut. They also turn on unfavourable genes!
Your favourite foods like white bread, pasta, burgers, fries and milkshakes all switch on inflammation-promoting genes. But plant-based foods like broccoli, as well as fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, do the opposite and turn on anti-inflammatory gene pathways. Needless to say, you should make sure you’re eating enough plant-based and fermented foods to improve your bacterial diversity. This diet change may even help you lose some weight!
#3: Think twice before you take antibiotics
Antibiotics have their place - but they have been misused terribly in the past - resulting in the evolution of drug-resistant microbes. They're also very damaging to your gut flora.
So, the next time your doctor wants to prescribe antibiotics for an infection you’re suffering from, ask yourself if it’s completely necessary. You must also keep in mind that in most cases, immune system
support and rest is enough to resolve an infection. Only if you’ve got a seriously difficult-to-treat bacterial bug, should you resort to antibiotics.
Make these three simples changes and you’ll be well on your way to optimal gut health and a better life!