Personalized Gut Healing
Did you know your gut is home to 40 trillion microorganisms? These bacteria are responsible for digestion and work as an engine for the rest of your body. So, it’s essential to keep your gut health in mind when choosing the foods you eat.
Luckily, there are tons of natural remedies for a healthy gut. Today, we will cover how to boost your gut health using functional medicine. It’s ok if you don’t have a solid understanding of how your gut works because this guide is beginner-friendly.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is an individual, science-based practice that focuses on the source of chronic illness rather than symptoms—in other words, trying to solve problems in the body rather than treating them. The basis of functional medicine is nutrigenomics, or how different nutrients affect our genes. Here are some of the significant benefits of functional medicine:
- It focuses on the root of health problems, which provides long-term results.
- It teaches and encourages patients to become self-sufficient in improving their health.
What is Gut Health?
Since heart disease is one of the leading killers in the United States (647,000 deaths each year), we tend to focus on a healthy heart. But what many don’t know is that our gut is responsible for breaking down foods and converting them into energy. By not taking care of your gut, you are putting the body’s primary energy source at risk.
What differentiates a healthy or unhealthy gut is a balance of bacteria. Bacteria protect the stomach lining and ensure proper food digestion. Imagine these bacteria as factory workers responsible for unpacking foods for sending to the small intestine.
While one in three Americans suffer from some sort of gut problem, it rarely comes up in typical conversation. A portion of drugs sold in the United States treats gastrointestinal issues. Many things influence your gut health, but food plays the most significant role.
How Does Food Impact Gut Health?
The term “you are what you eat (and drink)” has never been more relevant than when we talk about gut health. After all, everything you swallow ends up in your gut for digestion. So, what we put in our mouth will dictate the health of our stomach.
Getting our hands on unhealthy processed foods is, unfortunately, easier than ever. All of these unnatural ingredients can wreak havoc on your stomach lining. The chemicals in processed foods are difficult to break down, causing serious gastrointestinal problems and discomfort.
Imagine your stomach is a plate. When you eat processed foods filled with grease and oils, the plate is difficult to clean and over time is ruined. Now, imagine a plate full of healthy ingredients. The food matter washes away with ease. Our stomachs work similarly.
Go organic as much as you can when choosing your foods. Foods that are high in toxins and artificial ingredients will only do you and your gut damage. Fortunately, it’s never too late to reverse the damage. By switching to an all-natural diet, you can start to balance your microbes in as little as 24 hours.
Research has proven that many common issues in the body can relate to the foods we eat—not necessarily a recent discovery. Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine” over 2000 years ago.
Which Foods Help Boost Gut Health?
Now we know that food choice is crucial for a healthy gut; how do we choose the right ones? There are many gut-healthy foods, but here are the most popular backed by research:
Pineapple – A popular fruit among athletes, pineapple helps break down large protein molecules into smaller ones. Pineapple can also help reduce inflammation in the stomach lining.
Garlic – Unless you’re a vampire, garlic is one of the best things you can put into your body. This superfood works as a probiotic and aids healthy bacteria in breaking down food molecules. It’s easy to cook with, and you can add it to most recipes.
Apple cider vinegar – This rising star food supplement works wonders in your gut. Apple cider vinegar helps eliminate bad bacteria in your stomach lining. It also helps to produce more stomach acid, which helps with digestion. You can drink apple cider vinegar straight, or use it as a dressing.
Ginger – Ginger can be of great help for an upset stomach and loaded with vitamin C and other nutrients that boost the digestive system. Ginger has also been known as an appetite suppressant, so it can help prevent overeating. You can throw some in your water, or thinly slice it and have it as a side dish.
Contact Body Refined Today
Handling gut health on your own can be overwhelming. The simple advice of “consume more probiotics” can do more harm than good if not carefully monitored. We offer a personalized approach to gut healing. Our coaches will work with you one-on-one and give you a specific plan to follow.
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