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‘All disease begins in the gut’ – Hippocrates
As far back as two thousand years medical men and women were making the link between gut health and the health of the whole human being. Aside from the exception of genetic diseases it could be fair to state that Hippocrates was right on the money and perhaps way ahead of his time.
And keeping the gut healthy and free from inflammation is essential if we are to improve our overall health and achieve the weight loss we require
Inflammation happens in the gut more often than you would think?
IBS… Colitis… Chrohns… anyone?
All of these being acute/chronic stages resulting from lower level inflammation
Which can be signified by lower energy levels, mild discomfort, loose stool, and a variety of other digestive issues.
And any incidence of your gut operating at less than optimal levels is not great for your overall health
Why is gut health so important?
Your gut has two primary functions; absorption of nutrients and overcoming pathogens so you don’t get ill
Nourishment… A healthy body is a nourished body, with inflammatory diseases the amount of nutrients you absorb from your food intake will be reduced with many nutrients passing through unabsorbed, keeping your gut healthy is essential if you wish to nourish your body effectively
Immunity… with 70 – 80% of your immune system housed within your gut it only stands to reason that the healthier your gut, the less prone to illness you will be.
And finally if you want to have a positive mood, its essential to look after your gut health
Mood… Your gut is responsible for 90% of serotonin (your happy hormone) produced in the body. An unhappy gut will lead to less than optimal production and will impact your mood
How what you eat impacts your gut health?
This can be a personal journey of discovery for most people but in general the foods that we know cause inflammation in a majority of people include sugar, gluten and dairy.
These have been shown time and time again to be the most reactive sugars to which we become intolerant too
That’s not to say everyone will suffer with issues eating these foods, that’s where the personal journey comes in and your ability notice the impact certain foods have on you, something the Ditch The Diet programs help you with
We must look for symptoms of inflammation and reaction within our bodies; this can be as simple as keeping a short food and mood diary and paying attention to how your food makes you feel? Are you feeling energised and satiated, or bloated and sleepy with brain fog? When you pay attention, you will recognise that your body has probably been telling you what’s going on for a while,
we just got really good at ignoring it!
Once you have identified the foods,that may cause certain issues it may be worthwhile eliminating for a short period making a point to recognise how you feel once you have done this. Of course it can be more complicated than this and everyone is individual with unique reactions, but it’s a good starting point
What should I eat then?
If we eat ANYTHING in excess we have the potential to gain weight and take our health out of balance, we here at Ditch the Diet advocate a balance between all things; providing that you are giving your body the essential nutrients that it needs to function and feel good you should make progress easily.
Having a healthy diet is not about restriction or abstinence it’s about being in control of the foods you eat, not being controlled by them
Be aware of what you are eating and try and make sure to eat least 80% of your diet comes from fresh natural sources and eat a good portion of your vegetables raw
Above all be conscious that you are an individual and ONLY an individual approach to your nutrition and lifestyle will provide you with the best results!
How do I care for my gut?
As part of the Ditch The Diet program we look at this process in more detail and give prescriptions for healing and optimising gut health but there are a few things you can try and do now to start improving your gut health today
There are certain foods that we can include that are protective to the gut for example berries help to reverse fat cell inflammation, turmeric, omega 3, probiotic foods like sauerkraut, pickles, kefir, kimchi, miso yoghurt (no sugar) are all great additions to a healthy lifestyle. Prebiotics like garlic, chicory, onions and Jerusalem artichoke can also be helpful to your gut. You may even want to consider taking a probiotic course (look for one with billions rather than millions!), but please always consult with a practitioner before you add anything into your nutrition that could affect your health.
Fundamentally having a stress and toxin free lifestyle will help enormously, if we reduce the toxins in our day to day tasks we can minimise the toxin storage in our fat cells, after all, if they aren’t coming into your body, there is no need to store them!
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Hi I’m Nicola Rossell and I’m the DTD Coach for Leicester, I currently run 1 group and if you would like any more information please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. I specialise in working with ladies who feel unhappy, frustrated and lack confidence in their bodies. I have a free gift for you today to help you kick start your healthy journey where I promise that you will feel healthier, happier and more confident every single day, visit www.rossellfitness.co.uk/ditch-the-diet/ to claim your free gift.