At the beginning of the year, I made a promise to myself. I promised myself that this would be the year that I focused on my health.
I’ve always been one of those people that “eat to live” not “live to eat” and I really struggle to find foods I enjoy that don’t have some sort of chocolate base. I will admit I’m a dessert and cheese junkie. I’ve never held myself accountable for my lifestyle and I’ve always thought it would just work itself out.
Over the last 5 years, I’ve had a lot of life transitions. At my worst - I was going through a box of Pepto chewables a week and at my best I still dealt with stomach pain almost daily. You would think I would have made some changes sooner, but I convinced myself somewhere along the way that it was the norm.
With my goal being health I decided this year I needed to focus on my gut.
You may be thinking that this doesn’t apply to you, and it may not but let me start with a few questions.
Do you feel off or bloated after having spaghetti? Do you crave a sweet treat after lunch or other meals? Do you feel “out of it” throughout the day or even a little anxious? Are you tired or sleepy in the afternoon? How about your skin - do you notice little red patches sometimes?
If you answered yes to any of these questions - you may have a gut bacteria imbalance.
As soon as we are born, bacteria begins growing in our digestive tract. The bacteria helps stimulate digestion and allows us to absorb nutrients. But as we grow we start filling our bodies with all kinds of food and the bacteria isn’t all necessarily good.
All of the bad bacteria in our guts start to compete with the good bacteria and basically we are just screwed when there’s an imbalance. It impacts everything from our nervous system to our skin and we just don’t feel good.
This is a big problem for many people and as a result probiotics and prebiotics are increasingly popular.
What is the difference? Probiotics contain good bacteria which helps create a better balance in your gut, and prebiotics feed that good bacteria which allows it to grow.
You can also focus on changing your microbiome by swapping foods. The best news is this can change the way you feel within a day. Swapping pasta, bread, and processed foods for vegetables and yogurt can make a massive difference. Incorporating kombucha can also be very helpful.
Prebiotics are found in bananas, garlic, oats, and onions. You can also find prebiotic powders on the market but I wasn’t able to find any made in the United States.
Another game changer - mediation and yoga. There is a lot of evidence that shows meditation can alleviate stomach pain by altering gene expression. Your stomach is incredibly sensitive and a stressful environment can flare up bad bacteria in your gut. Relaxation can help rejuvenate your gut health and aid in repairing damage.
So here’s my gut health plan for all of us.
Let’s start small by swapping breakfast foods. Instead of cereal, and toast let’s have yogurt. After our first cup of coffee, we will drink a glass of water and brew a cup of ginger tea (preferably turmeric ginger if you can find it).
Take 2 minutes to write down what you are grateful for, and take 3 minutes to deep breathe.
Consider adding Kombucha tea and a veggie in as an afternoon snack.
For lunch, use your Himalayan Salt Slab to cook up some delicious vegetable skewers. The salt slabs are antimicrobial and contain dozens of additional minerals that aid in gut health.
Check out Cory's latest demo to get you started and the rest is up to you!
Let us know how your gut feels!