Mar 21, 2023
The core of our body’s functioning.
Our gut not only helps us digest our food, absorb nutrients and flush out waste, it also produces/regulates many hormones and influences our mental health, too!
In order to keep this powerhouse of a system functioning strongly for years ahead, there are fundamentals we need in our ‘toolbelt’ that support our gut from a holistic, well-rounded perspective.
Before we dive into that, let’s make some connections!
Here are some examples of exposures, nutritional habits and lifestyle factors that bring about imbalances and damage to the gut microbiome over time (1):
What do I mean by imbalance and damage?
A shift in the healthy balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract - equilibrium between the beneficial (probiotic) and poor bacteria has been lost.
This is a state of ‘Dysbiosis’ - a detectable change in the composition of the gut microbiota (gut bacteria) and overall diversity of strains - chronic disequilibrium (2).
More Specifically? Too much poor bacteria, too little good bacteria, or particular strains that are too high/too low. Specific types of Dysbiosis in the gut include Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) (3).
This poor bacterial balance in your gut microbiome can manifest in various symptoms, including persistent gas/bloating, irregular bowel movements, acid reflux, fatigue, food sensitivities/allergies, joint pain, brain fog, skin issues, vaginal/rectal itching and mental health challenges (4).
Dysbiosis and persistent symptoms (including any already-known-about conditions in the picture), are indicative of specific, underlying imbalances going on, including (5):
There are always ‘Next Steps’ we can take to redirect the trajectory of our path our gut is taking.
Here’s an introductory look at the key pillars of our health and some beginning supports to consider!
With fiber, more specifically, seek out sources of (6):
A more calm Nervous System is your new best friend! Minimizing stressors on the body and effectively navigating our stressors is crucial. It starts with how we respond to stress.
Consider establishing clear personal boundaries, be organized/prepared with strong time management skills, and schedule in stress-reduction activities, just like you would any other responsibility in your life.
Regularly move your body with low-moderate intensity activities (e.g. biking, walking, swimming, pilates, strength/resistance training, yin yoga).
The bowels are stimulated to support digestion, also stimulating ‘endorphins’ that amplify mood!
Prioritize minimum eight hours of sleep to avoid sleep deprivation/dampened immunity.
Start establishing or fine-tuning your ‘Sleep Hygiene’ (sleep routine). Do the 60-90 min prior to your bedtime involve Nervous System-stimulating or calming activities?
Seek out social connection with those you care about and love, counterbalancing those opportunities with sufficient time alone, as needed.
Start building/expanding your network of like-minded individuals who share your vision and intention for your life!
All pillars of our health require awareness, attention and support in small, key ways that are repeated to build consistency and momentum!
These days, ‘gut issues’ of countless types are all too common. While they can be quite complex, supporting the body does not need to become overly-complicated.
Repair and rebalancing of our body starts with awareness toward what we are/are not tolerating right now. We have strong intuition when it comes to our own body!
Next-level, deeper layers of support are what targeted plans/therapeutic protocols (developed and supported by a qualified practitioner) will do for you.
If you’re unsure as to how to get started supporting yourself, or are unsure as to the next step to take with your gut health journey, there’s always someone who can help! ;)
Jessica supports professionals navigating the imbalances of autoimmune gut disorders (e.g. Celiac, Crohn's & Colitis) with REPAIRING their gut, REGAINING their energy and becoming RECONNECTED to their personal and professional lives once again!
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