We've all struggled with the feeling of bloat, fatigue, and brain fog. But did you know that your gut is actually considered the "second brain" of the body?
Well... Let's Talk about Gut Health!
Our digestive system is a huge factor of our overall health and wellbeing. Having a healthy gut and a balanced microbiome is a highly positive contributor in going about our day to day and/or crushing it at the gym! Here at AstroFlav, we are aware that many people struggle with "gut issues" and want to give inspiration on how we can address and improve the gut microbiome!
First off.. What is Gut Health?
You’ve probably heard someone say that they want to "fix their gut issues" or clean up their diet to improve their gut health, but what does that exactly mean?
Your gut microbiome is the foundation of all your health. Really! There are certain amounts of bacteria and yeast in your digestive system; some are good and helpful bacteria and some are bad and potentially harmful. "Good" gut health occurs when there is a healthy balance between both the good and bad bacteria.
So why is having good gut health important? This is because the digestive system is the foundation of almost every aspect of the body. The gut aids in the digestion of foods we eat, absorbs nutrients, and uses the fuel to keep your body healthy. The gut also is a big contributor to your serotonin levels and hormones. If your gut is imbalanced, these levels are likely to be imbalanced as well. The gut microbiome does so much for our bodies; it is important we keep our gut balanced and healthy!
What causes a bad gut?
TOP 3 Factors that affect gut health:
3. Long-Term Medication/Drug Usage
We all know that having a healthy diet is most beneficial to maintaining and improving your overall health; however, having a poor diet is the #1 factor that causes gut issues.
Inflammatory foods such as: added sugars, artificial trans fats, refined carbohydrates or gluten, and processed meats are all foods that can cause inflammation to the gut!
Bloat. We've all felt it.
Have you ever experienced your belly feeling too-full, but you know it's not because you ate too much? It's probably the feeling of being bloating!
There could be many reasons as to why you might be feeling bloated (gas, water retention, constipation, etc.), but it all stems from what's going on in your gut!
What can you do to reduce bloating?
There are many ways we can help reduce bloating, but completely preventing it may be hard. Here are some tips on how to limit the feeling of bloat:
Assessing if you have a gut microbiome medical condition such as IBS, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis.
Get in touch with your doctor to receive a low FODMAP diet (diet that is designed to assess which foods are problematic and cause gut microbiome flare ups).
Limiting or avoiding processed carbs, packaged foods, salt intake, and fizzy drinks that can cause belly bloat (beer, seltzers, even carbonated energy drinks!)
You simply do not need to cut out all of these foods/drinks out of your diet, but if bloat is a constant issue, then it is suggested to try to limit or avoid them!
Foods to improve gut health:
Now, the foods listed below that are known to improve gut health may look different for everyone; this is due to the fact that everyone's gut microbiome is made up of different good and bad bacteria!
Foods to incorporate = Fiber-rich foods such as:
Wholegrain's such as oats, millet, brown rice, sprouted breads, buckwheat
Vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals (spinach, kale, bok choy, zucchini)
Fruit full in antioxidants (apples, kiwi, papaya, bananas)
When it comes to solving which foods either help or trigger the gut microbiome, it may be a slow process. It is important to not cut everything out all at once, but slowly eliminate and the foods that may trigger a gut flare up.
To help improve your gut microbiome, you might consider incorporating more of these "gut-friendly" foods!
The link between gut health and overall well-being:
As it was mentioned previously, the gut is the foundation for many health systems of the body. It is actually known as the "second brain." The gut and brain are connected through a system called the enteric nervous system; this essentially aids in communication between the two. So if your gut microbiome is struggling, your brain may be struggling as well!
Some cognitive symptoms that people may experience when the gut microbiome is lagging is brain fog, depression, anxiety, stress, etc. Stress can affect the GI tract by causing inflammation and disruption of necessary movement!
It is important to practice self care tactics to avoid these stress-related issues. Mindfulness techniques such as slowing down when eating, mindful breathing, and yoga.
Having a healthy gut will not only improve your physical well-being, but also your mental well-being! It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of any gut issues and start incorporating foods and techniques to improve the gut microbiome!
Bloat Crushing Greens Powder:
Let's face it, when you go about your day-to-day or even walk into the gym, the last thing you want to worry about is how bloated you feel.
AstroFlav's Greens Powder is built to reduce bloating, improve digestion, and boost natural energy. This formula was made with gut focused probiotics and enzymes that aid the digestive process!
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