How many times have you heard the saying “listen to your gut”? Your gut isn’t just good to use to see if something’s off or not right. It’s important to listen to your gut since it’s usually trying to tell you something. Have you ever experienced butterflies when you’re nervous or felt gassy or bloated after eating certain foods? We’ve all been there before, and it’s your gut’s way of telling you that something is off.
Did you know that nearly 75% of Americans are living with some sort of digestive issues? An imbalanced gut has also been linked to chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and Crohn’s. Because nearly everything you do impacts your gut microbiome, it’s essential to make sure your gut is in tip-top shape, from the inside out.
Because your gut is connected to nearly every system and organ in the body, your daily choices and habits have a significant impact on it.
What you eat, how you feel, if you’re stress out or not–all these things (and more!) can contribute to gut imbalances. Don’t think your gut being “off” is important, check out below.
Signs of an imbalanced gut include:
- Mood swings
- Depression or anxiety
- Digestive issues, like gas or bloating
- Suppressed immunity or autoimmune disorders
- Skin problems, like eczema
- Food allergies or sensitivities
Here are a few tips to get your gut back in order by detoxing every morning:
Hydrate your butt off!
Water is one of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to cleanse your body. Try breaking up your daily coffee, caffienated beverage or sweetened drink with just water. It’s the best way to consistently stay hydrated:
“Well, I don’t like the taste of water” I hear some of you say. Well, that’s find, just add fruit.
Adding fruit to your water gives you both flavor and natural sweetener to your water, which may trick you into thinking you’re drinking a flavored drink.
Focus on Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are a type of probiotic that supports your microbiome and promotes good bacteria. They also improve digestion, decrease inflammation, increase immunity, and may help protect from infection (which reduces the need for antibiotics).
Examples of fermented foods include:
- Kimchi (list continues on next page)