Does your tummy feel bloated & upset?
To the point that it looks like your a few months pregnant, though you’re not!
It’s embarrassing… stinky, room-clearing gas always seems to accompany that bloating.
It’s a sure sign that your gut isn’t working as well as it could be. Your digestive tract is asking for help, its trying to speak to you… the only thing is we didn’t come with a User Manual, so we don’t understand the messages. All we know is that something we are eating, or something we are doing, is creating pain and discomfort. And it’s not fun.
It’s very likely that one of your triggers is a food you are eating. You already know that though. BUT! It doesn’t happen every time. You’ve even cut out certain foods, it helped for a few days and then you went right back to where you started. Why, what’s going on? Your digestive tract does more for you than just digest food, it’s a beautiful and complicated system. Believe it or not, your gut is affected by good foods, unhealthy foods, fiber, water, mood, stress, thoughts, hormones, lack of sleep and much more.
How do you start feeling better?
Nutrition is a fantastic place to start. Instead of taking foods away thinking that the gut will get better on its own, let’s put foods in that help the health of your gut, in turn it will digest foods and function better so that you can eventually enjoy all your favorite foods (except, of course, allergenic foods).
With that in mind, the first place to begin on a gut health protocol – or any kind of health program for that matter – is to start supporting your microbiome, your internal microbial community. Studies show that ‘probiotics’, our good bacteria, support all areas of health. This is a relatively new area of research, we are only just starting to scratch the surface in understanding how our internal bacterial world is so intimately linked to our health (or lack there of).
In other words, we are learning that our good bacteria are our biggest allies! Gut health and beyond, this is a short list of conditions that studies have demonstrated probiotics help improve. In no particular order:
- high blood pressure
- colds & flus
- kidney stones
- many more.
Start with nutritional support…
Include the right foods instead of removing others…
The right foods are the ones that feed your good bacteria…
These special foods are called ‘prebiotics’, they are a healthy non-digestible food ingredient, a type of insoluble carbohydrate or fiber. We don’t digest this fiber. However! It promotes our good bacteria, it feeds them and helps them reproduce. Essentially creating more good guys in the army!
Prebiotics occur naturally in certain foods, and can be taken in supplement form.
Star Studded Prebiotic Foods
- chicory root
- Jerusalem artichoke
- dandelion greens
- very likely every single veggie on the planet!
As necessary as prebiotics are to our plan, always start slowly. We’re not in a race, we just want you to feel better. So start with small quantities, make sure your tummy feels peaceful with the change, and then build up to more.
Digestive issues are tricky and hard to figure out by yourself. If you’d like support, I invite you to contact me. Let’s chat!
Prebiotics Make It To TV
My hubby Bruce & I were watching the evening news recently and they did a piece on prebiotics related to obesity. Here’s the link calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=820711
A terrific show we saw a few months ago is an episode of the Nature of Things called “It Takes Guts”. Click to watch: cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/it-takes-guts
Not a watch, but a good read from Dr. Mercola: articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/03/07/inulin-health-benefits.aspx