Top 5 ways to optimize gut health
The drainage pathway is crucial to optimal health as the body is detoxifying every moment of each day. Spoiler alert: EVERY organ system is intricately connected to each other, like a nice big spider web.
Gut health impacts every aspect of our body’s overall health. Here’s an overview to keep things open & flowing:
Start with 16 oz of warm water RIGHT upon waking. Consider grabbing it the night before & keep it on the nightstand ready for the morning.
Drink filtered water throughout the day. The yellower the urine, the more dehydrated the body is (unless there’s B vitamins involved).
• DIVERSITY OF PLANTS
Plants are rich in fiber, natural prebiotics that feed the good bacteria in the gut. We make a choice when we eat: feed the good bacteria or feed the bad bacteria? When there’s an imbalance between the good & the bad, symptoms occur. Eat a variety of plants daily.
Our body was designed to move. It wasn’t made to sit at a desk or on the couch hours each day. Exercise & movement gets the lymphatic system & blood flow moving and both are needed to digest properly. Opt outside & get some sweat going!
• MINDFUL EATING
Our gut does not efficiently digest food when we’re on our phone or worried about work. Find a calming environment away from electronics to enjoy each meal. Thoroughly chew each bite, taste the food, smell the aromas, and think happy thoughts. Stress is a common root cause to gut dysfunction and chronic illness.
• 12+ HOURS OF GUT REST
Studies show metabolism is interconnected with the circadian rhythm. Appetite, insulin sensitivity, and energy expenditure occur in a rhythmic cycle throughout the day. Our body metabolizes a Thanksgiving feast differently if we were to eat it in the morning vs. eating it for dinner.
Ayurveda principles are similar where the day starts with a nourishing breakfast, lunch as the biggest meal, and a light dinner before sunset.
Autophagy aka ‘the cleanup crew’ cleans & resets during a fasted state. Consider giving your gut a rest by eating an early dinner & getting restful sleep.
Does your gut have the foundational support it needs to thrive?