Aug. 3, 2021

Listen Up If You Are Bloated, Moody, Sleepy, or Foggy - We're Talking Gut Health

Listen Up If You Are Bloated, Moody, Sleepy, or Foggy - We're Talking Gut Health

Hello, Happy Monday, Happy Fourth, and happy day. I have to say now that I've done this for a hot minute I've really, really enjoyed it. It's been incredibly fun to hear the feedback from clients and friends and family. One of the feedback pieces I've gotten is that I sound pretty serious and intense for a podcast called not that serious and I thought that was awesome. She is totally 100% right. let me make it clear. I am 100% serious that health is something every single person needs to be considering. It's on the backburner for so many people. Caring about your health can literally save your life and be the difference between meeting your grandkids or not. So of course I don't take that lightly. However, the intensity I bring to certain topics are more so to counteract the intensity of the internet nutrition brigade that has screamed about keto/paleo/fasting/or whatever other diet being the absolute only way to do things. When people are desperate to make a change and hear that something is the only way, of course, they're going to buy-in. Then, if that way doesn't happen to be right for them, they assume that they will never be able to reach their goals. So, let's give an example, right.

I start most of my clients tracking macros. I think it's an incredible tool and it helps you really learn about the food you're eating. You're being educated on everything you eat every time you track it. However, it is not for everybody, it is not forever for everybody, and for some people it will be the completely wrong approach. Now, say I had some vested interest in tracking macros. Like I wrote a book or invented a magic macro thing that I'm trying to sell. My prerogative then becomes that I have to convince every single person this is the best and only way to do things. 

I hope you see where this is going. 

Now, here comes me. My income is dependent on getting results, not on a certain method of doing it. But who's going to get more attention...me or the screaming jacked dude who took out a TV ad? 

The answer is fucking me because I'll not only yell louder but I'll also yell about shit that isn't a biased rendition of some fad diet. 

So, I hope this helped. If it didn't, you probably think I'm out of my mind and I'm pretty surprised you're still here, but good on you I guess. 

Alright, let's stop explaining ourselves because we don't need to and get into your gut. 

First I'm gonna do a quick explanation, then I'm going to give you some solid tips to get going, then go into some specific foods that can help. 

So get in loser we're going to fix your brain fog. 

 

Your gut (gastrointestinal tract) contains approximately 100 trillion microorganisms weighing in at about 3 pounds. These microorganisms are considered bacteria that live in your gut to aid in food breakdown and keeping your internal ecosystem balanced. 

Your gut is responsible for everything - mood, immune system, mental clarity etc. Mental brain fog/ bloating/ etc can mean crappy gut health.

Within the gut, when we talk about these micro-organisms, we mean bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microscopic living things You'll commonly hear them referred to as gut bacteria without differentiating, so throw this into a conversation and instantly feel better than everyone. 

Each microbe in the human gut plays a different role in the body. Most of these microbes play a crucial role in your overall body health. 

Together, these microbes function as an extra organ in your body and work cohesively to balance all the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. A healthy gut contains healthy bacteria and immune cells that communicate with the brain to help maintain general health and well-being. 


What we want to do is promote the growth of more beneficial bacteria!
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TIPS

- Take a probiotic and slow down when you're eating. Good probiotics will likely have to be refrigerated and will have numbers in the billions not millions. 

- HYDRATE room temp or warm water is great for gut health. Any water is better than nothing. 

- Avoiding excess sugar - starve bad bacteria 

- Don't eat if you're not hungry. Don't overload your body! 

- Cutting caffeine can mess with pH levels and gut flora 

- manage stress


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FOODS TO ADD


Bone broth: full of collagen and amino acids. make it or buy it at home. 

Anti-inflammatory foods: you'll see people making turmeric lattes for this reason. 

Fermented foods: Saurkraut, kefir, kimchi *not too much or you can have digestive issues.

Prebiotics feed the good bacteria that's already in your gut. sweet potato, onion, garlic, LOOK IN NOTES FOR OTHER

- Ensure you are not reactive to anything such as gluten or dairy

-  Polyphenols and fiber. You can find them in a lot of herbs and spices like oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme and basil! Strawberries, nuts, olives and coffee are also great! 

The biggest thing you can do is get your fiber and veggies in. Fiber is only found in plants and is mostly made of the cell wall itself. It's going to be critical for proper digestion and keeping everything movvinnnggg.