HEAL YOUR GUT WITH FOOD

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Are you looking for a natural approach to healing your gut? You’ve come to the right place. Let me share with you these 7 Simple Ways to Heal Your Gut with Food so you can create a lifestyle that is not only sustainable but satisfying.

heal your gut with food
Looking for natural solutions to your digestive problems? Learn how to heal your gut with food.

Lately, it seems that everywhere you look, someone is talking about probiotics, right? Buy this supplement, and your life will be better overnight, yay! Honestly, it’s a little out of control. And confusing. With a market so saturated with supplements, how can you possibly know if you’ve chosen the right one?

Why use food when supplements are easier?

How many supplements do you take: vitamins, minerals, probiotics, protein, and more?

Do you enjoy taking those supplements?

I mean, yum, right? Delicious.

Have you ever asked yourself why you take so many of them? I’m gonna just make an assumption here and say that you take them for two reasons:

  1. You believe you need them for your health
  2. You don’t believe you can get the same amount of vitamins, minerals, etc. from your food

And you’re right.

Yeah, you do need vitamins, minerals, probiotics, prebiotics, etc in your diet if you want to be healthy. That is absolutely true, no doubt about it.

And you probably aren’t getting the same amount of them from the foods you are currently eating.

So, it makes sense that you would want to take supplements. Let me be clear: I am not against supplements. I know it sounds that way, but really, I’m not.

In fact, I take one supplement myself. I add collagen to my morning coffee every day. I could go on and on about why I do this, but I won’t. Suffice it to say, as I’ve gotten older and, my body is producing less collagen, which is needed for healthy skin, hair, nails, to reduce joint pain and bone loss, as well as aid in gut health and weight loss, I decided it was a supplement I wanted to try.

But I also want to be clear when I say that you can get most of your dietary needs from the foods you eat as long as you eat the right mix.

Eating gut-healing foods to make your whole body healthier

Here at Pain In The Gut Online, we believe in skipping the supplements altogether(for the most part, see above) and instead using real food, movement, and a few lifestyle changes to create a healthy environment for your body. Even though we focus on the gut, the changes we suggest will impact the health of your entire body.

Let me give you an example.

Sugar is bad for your gut. Sorry, but it’s a fact.

So, following a low-sugar diet makes your microbiome more balanced because sugar feeds the “bad” bacteria in your gut. Cut out the sugar, and those little rascals starve to death, boohoo. Fewer “bad” bacteria means a happier gut and a healthier you.

Reducing your sugar intake has other beneficial effects, such as fewer blood sugar spikes that cause your body to work overtime to metabolize all that sugar, leading to a crash and feeling dumpy and tired.

Plus, sugar is basically empty calories, meaning your body takes in calories but no nutrients. All those extra calories get stored in your body as fat, which can make you gain weight over time. Sugar is bad for your teeth, too.

Reducing your sugar intake can make your gut and entire body healthier.

On the other hand, eating a diet rich in vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains that your gut will thrive from will also ensure your body is working at its best. The same diet will give you balanced nutrition, including vitamins, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, healthy fats, antioxidants, essential proteins, and more. Which will lower your cholesterol, improve circulation, balance inflammation, improve digestion, help you sleep, boost your memory, stabilize your moods, and more.

Have I got your attention now?

Improving your gut and overall health is not as complicated as you think. Let me share some ways you can heal your gut with food.

7 Simple Ways to Heal Your Gut with Food

  1. Reduce Inflammation
  2. Collagen
  3. Macronutrients
  4. Probiotics
  5. Assist Digestion
  6. Easy to Digest Foods
  7. Immune System Support

Reduce Inflammation.

Our busy lives are really screwing with our bodies. While you may tell yourself that running through the drive-thru for dinner three times a week won’t harm you, let me tell you, you’re kidding yourself.

Fast foods, processed foods, conventional meat and dairy(non-organic), and chemically processed oils such as margarine, canola, vegetable, and safflower stimulate inflammation. They should be avoided or only eaten occasionally.

Chronic inflammation leads to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, gut problems, and even cancer.

Collagen.

As we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, the richest protein in our bodies.

Collagen aids in many areas of your body, including your skin, muscles, tendons, bones, digestion, hair, and nails, and helps keep your heart healthy. Collagen powder is tasteless, dissolves quickly, and can easily be added to hot or cold drinks, yogurt, smoothies, etc.

Macronutrients.

Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats are all macronutrients, meaning they are essential nutrients that your body needs in large quantities.

It can be helpful to focus on macronutrients by eating a combination of all three or focusing on just one, such as a low-carb or keto diet.

These microorganisms improve your gut balance and help to decrease unwanted bacteria.

You can find probiotics in yogurt, miso, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods.

*Probiotics should be introduced slowly since your body may react negatively while it works to fight the bad bacteria in your gut. Just know you may feel worse before you start to feel better. These symptoms should go away over time as the balance in your gut is restored.

Assist Digestion.

Some foods can naturally ease digestive symptoms. Apple cider vinegar can help reduce acid reflux, and ginger can help move things throughout your GI tract.

Easy to Digest Foods.

Eating foods that have already been broken down can make things easier on your gut. Try eating more soft foods and cooked foods rather than raw ones.

Smooth soups, smoothies, applesauce, cooked vegetables, yogurt, hot cereals, mashed potatoes, tuna, etc.

Immune System Support.

Eat foods that naturally boost your immune system, such as garlic, spinach, green tea, broccoli, kiwi, citrus fruit, turmeric, and ginger. Look for foods with vitamins B & D, antioxidants, and amino acids.

Let’s Summarize

You don’t have to rely on supplements to ensure you give your body all the gut-healthy things it needs. Real food can heal your body naturally. If you are looking for a natural approach, these 7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Gut Health with Food I shared today will get you on the right path to a happier and healthier gut.

Are you ready to start your journey to a healthier gut?

Grab our FREE resource, our Beginner’s Guide to Gut Health, here.

Do you still want to learn more about your gut? Be sure to check out our library of articles designed to help educate you so you can make the best decision for yourself and your needs.

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