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How important is it to have a healthy gut? Imbalances in the gut microbiome can cause health issues from rashes to deadly diseases so I would say it is VERY important. Maybe you are dealing with belly fat you would like to get rid of (most women are). A healthy gut impacts that as well.

Now picture your gut microbiome like a garden. You have beautiful flowers and you have weeds. Your garden needs both, but the problem is that a lot of times the weeds take over.

How are we going to keep the weeds down and balance your gut microbiome? Here are the ways:

  1. Food is your number one fix! Whole foods. A whole food is a single ingredient food such as lean protein, fruits and vegetables. We are a society that has gotten used to highly processed foods, refined sugars and unhealthy fats. All of those will negatively affect the microbiome.
  2. Fiber. Studies show that if you eat adequate fiber you will live longer. Fiber staves off a lot of chronic diseases. The problem is that less than 5% of the US population is getting the recommended amount of fiber. In the FASTer Way we recommend getting a minimum of 25 grams and I’ve read where 28-40grams is needed.
  3. Antibiotic use. While antibiotics are essential for treating bacterial infections, their overuse can harm the gut microbiome. Self-medicating without proper medical guidance can further exacerbate this issue.
  4. Regular exercise has been shown to positively influence the gut microbiome. A sedentary lifestyle, common in today’s society, can lead to reduced microbial diversity and negatively impact digestive health.
  5. Chronic stress. Persistent stress can alter the gut microbiome through the gut-brain axis. Your brain and gut are connected in many ways, one being the vagus nerve. Your brain talks to your gut and vice versa. The stress hormone can disrupt the balance of gut bacteria, leading to gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive disorders.
  6. Sleep. Poor sleep quality and irregular sleep patterns can negatively affect the gut microbiome. The body’s circadian rhythm influences gut bacteria and disruptions in sleep can lead to an imbalance that impacts digestion and overall health.
  7. Environmental factors. Exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins can affect the gut microbiome. These substances can alter the gut bacteria and contribute to inflammation and digestive disorders.
  8. Chemical exposure. Many foods today contain additives, preservatives and artificial sweeteners, which can disrupt the gut microbiome. These chemicals can alter the balance of gut bacteria, leading to digestive issues and potential long-term health consequences.

The gut microbiome plays a crucial role in maintaining digestive health and overall well-being. It’s up to you to address these factors through healthier dietary choices, regular exercise, stress management, adequate sleep and mindful use of antibiotics. All of this can help restore and maintain a healthy gut microbiome. Embrace a holistic approach to health and wellness and know I am here for you if you need guidance.

Cheers to a healthy gut.