While we are all used to hearing about belly complaints like bloating, constipation, and diarrhea (and those should be addressed! See part 1 of our gut series.), there are other less obvious indications that your gut needs some TLC. Do any of these sound like you?
If you can relate to any of those, it’s time to start taking daily action to both nourish your gut and to remove the things that got you to this point in the first place. But don’t feel overwhelmed: you can take baby steps, like any real lifestyle change that actually sticks.
The makeup of your microbiome can trace all the way back to birth, your genetics, exposure to toxins, and of course diet and lifestyle. One huge culprit in today’s world, and I’m sure many of you can relate, is stress. This causes dysbiosis and inflammation for a number of reasons.
Eating while working at your desk, watching the news, or in front of the TV can create stress which interferes with proper gut functions (and therefore brain function, immune function, and digestive function).
If, like any typical Alexandrian, you are often in a state of stress (whether good or bad), then your digestion is going to shut down naturally as a protective mechanism. When stressed, blood flow goes to the muscles, brain, and heart rather than digestive system in order to be most efficient. This leads to food not being broken down, which feeds the bad bacteria, and allows larger food particles to pass into the bloodstream, where they are recognized as toxins. This then causes an immune response and inflammation.
Think of your gut as a daily responsibility. You’re either doing things that support it or that hinder it. It’s like your internal garden, and you have to tend to it.
As a Health Coach and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Megan focuses on helping women who want to get their energy back, fix their digestion, and lose weight by eating better and getting to the root cause of their symptoms. She uses an individualized and real food approach to empower women to find a way of eating that works specifically for them.
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