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What is a Healthy Gut?

We rarely think beyond our daily needs and habits unless our body begins to get our attention. Whether we know it or not, our body is always communicating with us. If your energy is strong you will feel great and energetic, if not, you reach for that cup of coffee to make the difference. Low energy I’m sad to say is one of many signs and symptoms of poor gut health.

Here are more common symptoms associated to a poor functioning gut.

  • Bloating & belching after meals
  • Gas after eating
  • Fast motility (having to go to the bathroom after a meal)
  • Bad breath
  • Acid reflux
  • Iron deficiency (anemia)
  • Chronic constipation
  • and the list goes on . . .

The symptoms listed above are all different stages of a weakening digestive system that is having trouble breaking down food and assimulating what is of nutritional value back into our body. What complicates this picture even more is that 70% of our immune system is in our gut. Most food allergies and sensitivities are a result of a compromised immune system. What causes poor gut function is poor diet and stress.

So, what’s the good news? You can begin to build a healthier gut by making better food choices and increasing your vegetable intake. I will write more about supplements and how they contribute to improving better gut function and ways to de-stress but for now be creative and keep it simple.

Read Part Two


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