5 ways to support your best gut health: No Luck involved
Gut health feels like luck, but it's not here's 5 ways to support your best gut health.
We’ve all been there, you walk into your Dr’s office, check in, the nurse calls you name. You get up head, head down the hall and the nurse says “ok we’re just going to check your weight” You step on the scale. She jots a number down and off you go. The the Dr comes in, they hit you with “according to your weight your clinically obese” now you’re sitting there, confused and likely a little upset. The Dr. moves on without saying much else he probably didn’t mention the topic of gut health.
Why should you be interested in Gut Health?
Food is broken down in our gut to a simple form, it enters the bloodstream and is delivered as nutrients to the body.
Simply put, a healthy gut contains healthy bacteria and immune cells that fight off things like bacteria and viruses. A healthy gut talks to the brain via nerves and hormones and that keeps us in good health.
A bad gut? It can cause all sorts of issues in our bodies including, weight gain, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, fatigue, and other health issues.
So how can we support gut health?
Here are 5 ways to support the gut.
Food- Food can be one of the biggest triggers & one of the biggest difference makers in gut health. Eliminating foods is one way to identify triggers. You may find that eliminating a food group or certain type of food gives you great relief and begins the process of healing your gut.
Supplements- There are many supplements out there and knowing which ones are vital to supporting your gut biome. Everyone has an individual gut biome and you may need a specific set of supplements to start healing and get back to a healthy state.
Sleep- this is a simple one, get your 8 hours. It will help with cortisol maintenance. You need healthy sleep habits to round out your health & well being.
Exercise- 30 minutes a day 5-6 days a week is all it takes! Walking, cycling, yoga and swimming are great options. Adding some strength days in will keep you strong, improve sleep, will boost your energy, and protect bone health.
Seeing a functional RD- I am a licensed dietitian nutritionist with an "integrative" or "functional" approach. That means I apply evidence-based nutrition science to support the body as a whole instead of trying to address a single symptom or system. Having a functional RD as part of your health journey is vital not only for support but to assist you in identifying key components in improving your gut health.
Shamrock Shake SMOOTHIE Recipe
Shamrock Shake for a happy healthy gut - Enjoy this easy and festive shake to kick off St. Patrick's Day.
1 large frozen banana
1/4 – 1/2 medium ripe avocado
1 large handful of spinach
1 cup of non dairy milk
1 Tbl Honey (optional)
Blend and enjoy!