Today, I am asking you for a gut check.
- Do you wish your battle with indigestion, diarrhea and constipation could end?
- Do you suffer from fatigue, headaches and inflammation?
- Are you tired of feeling jittery and unfocused?
Answering yes to these questions may be a sign of gut imbalance.
Gut health is about the balance between helpful bacteria and harmful bacteria in your gut.
When the balance in your gut is off, the harmful bacteria and other pathogens cause inflammation in the gut lining, resulting in abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. The injured lining also allows toxins and allergens through causing headaches, pain, rashes, acne and difficulty with weight management due to metabolism changes and poor blood sugar control.
Imagine your body as a high performance sports car.
- Would you roll up to the gas pump and put in the lowest quality fuel they have?
- Would you fill it with Diesel when it needs Unleaded?
- Would you add some sugar or mayonnaise to the gas tank?
- Would you let it run out of gas?
High Quality Fuel is what your sports car body needs to perform its best.
- Whole, real food that is mostly plant based.
- Vegetables and fruits
- Nuts and seeds
- Beans, lentils, peas and whole grains
- Lean meat and eggs– Ideally from well cared for, grass fed, organic animals.
- High quality dairy– Butter, milk and cheese without additives and preservatives.
- Health fats– Olive oil and avocado.
- Minimally processed food with few or no additives, preservatives, dyes and fillers.
- These are added to foods to ensure consistent look and taste and to prolong shelf life.
- Additives, preservatives, dyes and fillers are not real food and are therefore not digestible. They cause harm to your gut lining and disrupt your body’s ability to digest food and absorb nutrients.
Most of us are spread pretty thin, making it easier to make a low quality fuel choice.
Eating packaged or prepared food is often easy, tasty and comforting, but in the long run, these food choices are of low quality due to the absence of fresh ingredients, high caloric content with low nutrition benefit and addition of indigestible matter, such as additives, preservatives, dyes and fillers.
Examples of low quality fuel are:
- Candy, fruit juice, packaged food, soda, pie, cake, cookies, sugary cereal, fast food, chips, junk food, fries, frozen pizza, microwave dinners, baked goods with frosting and creamy fillings, fried foods and cookies/biscuits made with shortening or margarine.
Shifting from low quality fuel choices to high quality fuel choices will improve your gut health and therefore symptoms of GI distress, inflammation and poor focus will also improve.
I have created a short, 10-question quiz to help you discover which type of fuel you are currently feeding your body.
I invite you to download a pdf of the What Type of Fuel Are You Feeding Your Body? quiz and results here.
Feel free to send me an email with your results, I would love to hear from you and provide further information and advice or answer any questions you have.
Cheers to feeling better!