Three ways your digestion can go wrong and how you can fix it
Poor gut health can lead to serious health problems including malnutrition, increased risk of disease, weight gain and a slow metabolism. All health begins in the gut and you will never feel your best until you sort it out.
1) Inflammatory gut bacteria
Your gut bacteria affects how much fat you store, the balance of glucose in your blood and your response to hunger hormones that make you feel hungry or full.
What you can do Avoid antibiotics, prescription drugs and NSAIDs as they kill your beneficial bacteria, unless they are medically necessary.
Eat plenty of probiotic foods and consider taking a probiotic supplement. Eat high-quality yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, miso and pickled vegetables.
Make 50% of your plate vegetables, 3 cups per meal.
#2: Eating the wrong foods for your gut
Poor gut health is not just about your gut bacteria. Food sensitivities also cause trouble for your digestive system, these are food your body can’t handle for some reason.
What you can do Identify foods that you are intolerant to and avoid them at all costs. Common foods include gluten, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, lactose, eggs and soy. A food sensitivity test is your best diagnostic tool, Anne’s Health Shop in North Sydney does these tests.
#3: Not breaking down food
Your intestines don’t deal with solid foods very well. Low stomach acid is another cause brought on by aging, stress, and inflammation. Doctors often call this acid reflux but more commonly its because undigested food starts to ferment in the gut and then backs up into the esophagus.
What you can do
Chew your food properly, improve stomach acid by taking digestive enzymes and HCL with meals and stay hydrated.
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