Good morning and Happy New Year! I thought a great way to begin your New Year’s resolutions was to give you a leg up on how to optimize your health. The way I see it, there are 3 easy steps you can take to get yourself in order. Probiotics, Fresh Raw Fruit and Veggies, and Water.
1. Probiotics – not a dirty word. Actually, it helps things not be smelly. According to Duke and The Doctor http://dukeandthedoctor.com/2012/10/the-power-of-probiotics, we have over 3 and a half pounds of bacteria in our intestine. The importance of keeping the balance of good vs bad bacteria is essential for not only our gut health, but total body health. By using a supplemental probiotic on a daily basis, we are retaining the good/bad ratio that our eating and lifestyle cannot keep on its own. Gas, bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome are all telltale signs of bacterial imbalance. Duke and the Doctor recommend Healthy Trinity for a good over the counter probiotic and so do I. I like the fact that they carry a dairy free option. Oder it at Vitacost.com for the best price. If you have a health practitioner who has a line of professional supplements, ask for theirs.
2. Fruits and Veggies – For a while there was all this hype about prebiotics and fruitoligosaccharides for gut health. Guess what that boils down to? Raw fruits and veggies. Anything coming directly from the earth, your body knows what to do with it. That is why grains for fiber do not always work. They are refined, they are genetically modified, they contain gluten (at least what the major media pushed for fiber). There is, however, a stipulation on the ingestion of fruit – eat it all before noon for best results. Why? It is full of fluid (get that flow flowing) and if you eat it after a meal, it is going to sit and ferment on top of all that food you ate. It won’t have any nutrition left in it AND you’ll have some great gas and bloating. Speaking of gas and bloating, how many of you have it after eating raw veggies? Want to know why? It’s a 2 part answer – 1. You have an imbalance of good bacteria to break things down and 2. You need to CHEW your insoluble fiber in order for it to digest. There isn’t an enzyme in the human body to digest insoluble fiber. However, if you CHEW your insoluble fibers (work up to 30 times per bite of food. I know it is difficult, try it with soup and juicing too), your gut then has an enzyme that turns it into good bacteria. Crazy isn’t it? All this talk of eating your fruits and veggies being good for you. it is actually true. I’ll have other blogs for your to read with more reasons why fruits and veggies are good for you.
3. Water. Wikipedia says our body is up to 75% water. It also says that in obese people the body might be only 45% water. Does this statement alone make you want to drink more water? A healthy cell is round, plump, and floating. A dehydrated cell is wrinkled and lifeless. Why is the healthy cell round and plump? It is HYDRATED with WATER. Not coffee, soda, energy drinks, soda or water enhancers (once you put artificial flavor and artificial sweetener into water it is NO longer WATER). All of these things dehydrate the body. Your body needs water, clean, not tap (I prefer reverse osmosis). When your body is hydrated, your gut is hydrated which means the flow can flow easier. I am not saying staying hydrated will cure your constipation, but it can help. What does your aesthetician tell you about your skin if it’s dry or wrinkled? You are not hydrated enough. The human body can go up to 30 days with out food, and yet will not survive more than 10 days without water. Do I need to continue on the importance of drinking water and health?
There are many reasons for gut issues. My points today are to assist you in your health journey. Basics to make your day a little easier, be a little more gentle on your self and help trouble shoot or make sense of why things are or are not working for you.
Adrienne Falcone Godsell is a personal nutrition trainer and food coach based in Tampa, Fl. Her goal is to help those on their next step in their health journey through what they put into their bodies. She practices in Tampa and also via Skype. Check out her website for more info. Follow her on Twitter at URFVR8FDIE.