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Do It For The Culture: How Fermented Foods Can Heal Your Gut

Gut function is a pretty complex process when you really think about it. Typically food is broken down in your digestive system over the course of 12 to 48 hours. As the food is broken down, the nutrients and minerals make their way to different systems and organs in the body in order to support healthy functions.

Weird to think that your small intestine is 11 feet long, but it’s true! Most nutrients and water are absorbed through that organ, keeping your body hydrated, regulating your bowels, and even having an impact on hormones, and levels of stress.   

Boosting prebiotics and probiotics in your gut can help keep it healthy. Strengthening the lining of your intestinal walls and ensuring you have healthy villi (which are like little sensors lining your small intestine) will help keep things moving along the 11-foot road. 

Probiotics promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut. Good bacteria in your body are needed for the healthy functioning of the digestive system, which directly benefits other systems and organs. When you have a healthy gut, you also have a healthy immune system, allowing you to fend off additional bacteria and viruses that you may be exposed to. 

You can take probiotic supplements, but there are also so many delicious ways to get more good bacteria into your gut. 

Fermented, or cultured foods are one of the best ways to get extra flavor and happy gut helpers into your body. Beverages like kombucha and other fermented teas are low in sugar, but super high in probiotic content. Fermented veggies like sauerkraut and kimchi pack a powerful punch of probiotics. Even pickled carrots, garlic, onions, ginger, and other plant-based items can give your body a solid probiotic boost. Yes, pickles are powerful!

Miso also includes cultured probiotics and has the added benefit of being pretty filling, widely available, versatile and inexpensive. You can get really creative and add to salad dressings, roasted veggies, and of course soups! 

Yogurt has long been a source of probiotic content. I would recommend going for yogurts with low sugar content. And if you don’t eat dairy, there are a lot of non-dairy, cultured yogurt alternatives. I think my favorite is coconut yogurt!

Prebiotics are sources of nutrients that feed the probiotics, or good bacteria. Keeping the good bacteria in your gut healthy and active requires “feeding” them the prebiotic sources to keep them happy. Prebiotics are typically carbohydrates that are full of fiber, such as leafy greens, apples, beans, onions, garlic, spinach, and cabbage. 

Getting in probiotics is great, but you also want to be sure that your newly ingested good bacteria is being supported and kept healthy by prebiotic fibrous, food sources.

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How to Heal Your Gut: Consider Colonics

While your body has natural mechanisms and processes for detoxing, sometimes these systems can feel a bit sluggish, especially when it comes to digestion. Ultimately, poor digestion can lead to:

  • Skin trouble
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Water retention
  • Brain fog
  • Joint pain
  • Inflammation
  • Depression
  • Headaches and more!

There are many ways to jumpstart and clean out your digestive system, but one of my favorite methods is colon hydrotherapy.

Also referred to as a colonic, think about this as a clean flush for your gut. Similar to an enema, a colonic provider will help you get rid of built-up waste and residue by flushing your system with water. Pretty simple. And think about it, many cultures have utilized enemas, even dating back to the ancient Egyptians, to restore health, vitality, and treat illness. 

I know, it’s a little gross to think about. But, isn’t the thought of junk and waste just chilling, setting up camp, and moving into your intestines and colon even more disgusting? I mean, think about the food you ate three weeks ago. 

Particles of the pizza you had three weeks ago…rotting somewhere in your digestive tract is not a pleasant thought. Your digestive system isn’t built like pipes that make up the plumbing in your house. It’s not all just perfectly smooth surface area. Instead, your intestines have thousands of nooks and crannies, grooves, small pockets, and tiny spaces where toxic junk can get stuck as it moves through your digestive system. 

The act of filling your bowels with clean water, holding the water for a bit to give your insides a soak, and then effectively rinsing everything out will help you eliminate some of the really old bits of waste that have made their home in the lining of your colon. Yeah, it gets a bit of a bad reputation for being “icky” but storing that toxic waste is way more disgusting and problematic.

As colonics are intended to give your body a thorough cleaning, I would advise staying very hydrated both before and after. Be sure to get some powerful probiotics in you afterward to restore a healthy bacterial balance. And while you don’t need to constantly be getting colonics, they are a really useful tool for helping your body detox and recharge, getting those stagnant bits of waste out of there! 

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You’re Full of SH*T: Why Prioritizing Gut Health Is Essential

I know what I am about to tell you might be a strange visual image but hear me out. Your gut is your second brain. The two organs have different, but overlapping functions to keep you healthy and happy. Everything in the human body is connected in some way, and there is no better example than the link between your brain and your gut.

If you experience any of the following on the regular:

  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Poor digestion
  • Bloating
  • Migraines
  • Depression
  • Inflammation and joint pain

…may all be rooted in an unhealthy gut! Think about it like this – if your body is holding on to waste and toxins in your digestive system and gut, that junk is effectively circulating throughout your whole body via your bloodstream. 

Our bodies are made to deal with and filter out toxins, but when waste is languishing in your intestines, colon, and digestive system due to unhealthy gut function, you are making your body work way too hard. This takes a toll over time, potentially causing all those unpleasant symptoms. 

These symptoms are responses to the waste trapped in your body. When you have less waste in your digestive system all of your organs – including your brain – can spend more time operating perfectly, thereby eliminating some of those difficult symptoms caused by an unhealthy gut. The waste sitting in your body just weighs you down – literally!?

Getting your body to work better, instead of harder, requires some extra TLC for your gut. Taking steps toward better gut health includes getting good probiotics, colonics (they are not scary – I swear!), moving your body, eating a gut-friendly diet, and boosting detox functions. Taking the time to set yourself up with healthy gut treatments and adjusting your diet will do wonders for your gut and therefore your overall well being! Ensuring you have a symbiotic balance in your body starts with prioritizing your gut!

So many symptoms that people experience could be and probably are related to gut health and can be resolved with holistic care as opposed to pharmaceuticals. Not only can medication be expensive, but sometimes its side effects don’t make us feel so hot. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, I would encourage you to start by focusing on effectively healing your gut to improve your wellbeing. 

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