When it comes to living healthy, it’s time to Love Your Guts.
Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Today we’ll flip that thought and empower our well-being by remembering that good health starts in the gut.
Gastrointestinal health science is rising in popularity and anyone focused on health has probably heard about gut health and microbiome. But did you know that the microbiome that lives in our gut lining is now considered to be the largest endocrine organ in the body?!
The microbes in our intestinal lining work together as a community to digest our food, create chemicals and enzymes, and produce more than 100x more hormones from these byproducts than our organs.
We have slightly more microbes in our body than we do human cells! Mind-blowing.
Today I want to share with you five SIMPLE and ACCESSIBLE tips for nourishing your microbiome and supporting your wellness journey.
Love Your Guts Tip #1 – CHEW YOUR FOOD.
Saliva is the key that opens the door to digestion. Our salivary glands secrete important substances such as ptyalin (a digestive ferment) which begin to break down starches and neutralize acids in the mouth. To activate this action, we must chew our food, into a liquid if possible.
Chewing our food can also help slow down the meal, making it a more mindful activity. Take pleasure in seeing your food, smelling your food, tasting your food, chewing your food. You’ll be more likely to feel the signal of your satiety hormone leptin kick into gear and avoid overeating as well.
Love Your Guts Tip #2 – FEED YOUR MICROBIOME.
Prebiotics are foods that contain non-digestible fibers. Inulin is a carbohydrate that can’t be digested in your upper intestine. Prebiotics and inulin both feed your microbiome. Top food sources of prebiotics and inulin include Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, garlic, lentils, apples, bananas and asparagus.
Love Your Guts Tip #3 – EAT FERMENTED FOODS.
Probiotics are found naturally in fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, and kefir. Kefir has 10x more bacteria than yogurt, and you can buy this at any grocery store. Choose no sugar added and full-fat versions of fermented dairy. Kombucha, a fermented tea, is also a good source of probiotics, but be careful of those brands high in sugar.
Love Your Guts Tip #4 – SOOTHE AND REPAIR.
It’s important to eat foods that will be soothing to the gut-lining as you go through the process of rebuilding your microbiome. Two excellent food sources are 1) collagen-rich bone broth, and 2) fresh aloe vera gel. Both help to heal the gut lining, but also sooth your digestive tract.
Love Your Guts Tip #5 – GET DIRTY.
Exposure to microbes is important for building a healthy immune system. People who tend a garden or own a pet show a more diverse microbiome. So feel free to get your hands in the dirt and enjoy time with your pets. Also, think about ditching the antibacterial soap.
How will you love your guts today?