FOOD | Digestive health
Digestive health is at the core of our 4 SFT categories and we touched on intuitive digestion as it relates to our skin, so today we're going to share what you can do nutritionally to rebalance and optimize your gut! Gut health is what makes or breaks our overall well being and when looking at fixing any health concern, tips for better digestion can and should be implemented as well. Let’s begin by going over a few questions: Do you have a daily bowel movement? Do you experience bloating, stomach pains or constipation? Do you notice any of the symptoms on your skin as mentioned in our last post? If you are have answered yes to any of the above questions you can find the root cause to relate to your gut. We also can relate back to our environmental or hormonal category of health and related it back to gut health. We want to teach you how to listen closely to your own digestion and go over a few simple tools to help rebalance your gut.
1. The first and most important is to add to your daily supplemental care is a probiotic. Our intestines are filled with microbes (“gut bacteria” or “healthy bugs”) that not only help us digest and break down food but talk to our whole system. Yes, the microbes are communicating with every system in our body telling it what to do and how to react. That's why maintaining homeostasis in our gut is key to optimal health and well being. You can start by eating a mostly plant-based diet, adding in fermented foods, culture coconut yogurts, kefir, kombucha which are all rich in natural probiotics and also take a high-quality probiotic can all help maintain and build more healthy microbes. If you have been taking a probiotic supplement, maybe the same brand for more than 6 months, it's important to switch it up, as each brand has different strains that are necessary. We like this one by Garden of Life and this one by Dr. Ohhira.
2. The second is to do is to start scaling back or completely eliminating the foods that can be irritating to the gut which includes processed sugar, gluten and dairy. These foods cause our digestion to become acidic and inflamed. Adding in alkaline foods, such as leafy greens, and start to follow our favorite key points from the food combining theory which you can read about here. The food combining principles are helpful because different types of foods require different types of enzymes to be broken down. Some need alkaline enzymes and other acidic. Simplifying and having one food type at a time will help your body slow down, digest properly, and to self heal.
3. Start to incorporate a digestive enzyme into your gut care. Enzymes help make our bodies work more efficiently as we have over 4,000 of them. They can help with digestion, energy, inflammation, and more. Adding in foods rich in enzymes such as raw fruits and veggies, and taking a high-quality digestive enzyme supplement. We like this one by Garden of Life.
4. Get some zzz's! Lack of sleep, burnout, and stress all cause inflammation in the gut. Making sure we have 7-8 hrs of consistent, sound, sleep a night will automatically help reduce this inflammation and give your body time to break down, process, and reset for the next day.
We will continue the conversation of building a strong microbiome throughout our SFT journal. If you have any immediate questions or concerns please reach out to us for more support and comment below. For belly friendly recipes to support your health around the holidays download our ebook, Honor.