Most holistic health practitioners believe our overall health begins with the gut.
If our gut is functioning at an optimum level then this has a knock on effect on every other system within the body. We feel energised, healthy and our skin glows.
I learned this first hand when I was diagnosed with candida overgrowth, some 15 years ago.
Changing my diet, lifestyle and getting my gut in balance turned my life and health around.
“Love your Gut” week takes place 22-28th August and calls itself the ‘digestive event of the year’!
Is your gut trying to tell you something? Do you get constipated, have diarrhoea, suffer with bloating, gas, IBS or stomach cramps? Are you overweight, lacking in energy or know you could be eating better?
Then why not make this week the week for some lifestyle changes?
Love your Gut week is supported by experts from chefs to stress counsellors.
Sophie Christy, personal trainer says “30 minutes of exercise, five times a week, is good for your body, soul – and gut!”
Dr Julian Kenyon reminds us “Relaxtion is an important key to health and wellbeing; try eliminating the stress from your life and this will help your gut too”.
Dr Simon Gabe says “A healthy digestive system is the basis for your overall health and wellbeing. Keep it functioning well with healthy food, regular exercise and a good work / life balance”.
What I love about this campaign is the overall holistic feel to the message. It isn’t just about what you eat, but about your lifestyle choices too. I know from experience that you can be eating a healthy diet, but if you’re not exercising or are too stressed, this can have a negative impact on the health of your gut.
As a young mother I experienced constipation for the first time in my life. I put it down to the fact that Little Miss Green was a large baby and I was small – I figured she had somehow’squashed’ my intestines. But then I realised that actually, I wasn’t giving myself TIME to attend to the calls of nature…I was so busy ‘being Mum’ that I no longer listened to the messages of my body and consequently I became constipated – it was a ‘tough’ lesson to learn in more ways than one!
Mrs green’s top tips for gut health:
Eat a healthy diet (make sure you eat at least 5 a day portions of fruit and vegetables each day and have 3 good meals daily), sit down to eat and chew your food well. Chewing releases enzymes which kick-start digestion
Increase your fibre by upping your intake of fruits, vegetables, beans and wholegrain cereals.
Drink 1 1/2 – 2 litres of water each day.
Do 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week – you don’t have to pump iron at the gym, it’s easy to incorporate short walks and taking the stairs into your daily routine. Or try these brilliant exercises for gut health.
Meditate, walk in nature or try yoga. If you are particularly stressed get help from a trained counsellor.
The body and brain are busy while you sleep so give them time to do their work!
Although great at killing bad bacteria, antibiotics can cause havoc to gut health because they strip out ‘friendly’ bacteria too. Only take antibiotics if absolutely necessary. When you are taking them, cut out all forms of refined sugar or yeast from your diet and take a good quality probiotic supplement for a month or two.
What about you – what are your tips for a happy, healthy gut?