The health of your gut has a profound impact on your mental health, as well as so many other aspects of your health.
So it really does pay to do some work to improve your gut health.
But gut health is a very complex subject. There are lots of variables and what works for one person may not work for another.
This is because there are many different things that fall under the ‘gut’ umbrella. Leaky gut, SIBO, IBS, Candida and parasites will all cause imbalances in your gut, and would all require different treatment.
Especially when it comes to certain foods or supplements, what might help one condition may hinder another.
For example fermented foods like Kimchi and Kombucha can be amazing for your gut but if you have an overgrowth of bad bacteria already, then they will only make it worse.
Sometimes consuming more fibre may be vital for improving the microbiome, but sometimes it will make symptoms MUCH worse.
And some supplements might be really useful and necessary for treatment, but a complete waste of time and money for others.
There is no one size fits all.
In saying that though, there a few things that ANYONE can adress that will have a positive impact.
1. EMOTIONS: just like how I mentioned the gut influences the mind, the mind influences the gut. Positive emotions like gratitude can help to heal it, while negative ones like stress and anxiety desroy it. Meditation and gratitude journalling are great here.
2. NATURE: more time in nature, like swimming in the ocean or stream, touching the earths surface with our bare skin and getting sun on our bare skin are all extremely underrated, and free. They will help reduce stress, undo some of the damage from all the electromagnetic fields around us and improve our hormonal function.
3. TOXIC LOAD: it’s impossible to have no exposure to toxins and chemicals in todays world, but we can certainly reduce it. Natural skin care, organic food, avoiding plastics, and only using pharmaceuticals as a last resort are good places to start.
4. NUTRITION: as I said it varies, but one thing that is show to damage the gut lining in ALL people is gluten. Unfortunately it’s in all of out favourite foods, but on the flip side there are loads of great alternatives so that you never have to feel like you’re going without.
Most of the time you can be pretty safe with most things that are unprocessed and organic that come from the earth or an animal, but not in all cases.
The best thing you can do is get tested. Blood, stool and breath testing if done in the right place and looked at by the right professional can give you a lot more specific guidance in what your best course of action will be.
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