Except when hit by a stomach bug, we spend most of our
lives not too concerned about what is going on in our intestines.
However, for many people I have spoken with lately this is
catching up to them in midlife. I hear frequent complaints of
chronic constipation, diarrhea, or indigestion interrupting their
In this way, our gut is speaking to us daily and it’s time to
listen. And it’s more than just about a belly ache. Gut health is
important to overall wellness. It is the gateway through which
all nutrients reach the many cells of our body.
So, what is causing this poor gut health?
- irritating foods
- poor sleep
- lack of exercise
- insufficient fiber
- bacterial imbalances
- environmental toxins
- many medications
When our gut is damaged in this way, it causes a cascade of
inflammatory responses in the body. These inflammatory
states characterize the most common bone, joint, and
metabolic diseases associated with aging.
The health of our gut is critical to decreasing the pain and of
these conditions inflammation. It’s a most significant factor in
pain related to diabetes, autoimmune disease, arthritis, or
neuro muscular disease. In these cases persistent
inflammation and a lowered immune system can be improved
by healing your gut.
The result – decreased pain and improved ability to maintain
an active lifestyle. Let’s get on the path to gut healing. . .
1. Remove Gut Irritating Foods
By removing irritating foods in your diet for a period of time,
you allow the inflammation in your body to decrease. Foods
that are most irritating include gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, sugar,
In a heightened states of inflammation your body is irritated
by these trigger foods and may need some time off to recover.
The cells lining your intestines turnover in about 21 days and
these foods can often be reintroduced.
2. Replace Depleted Nutrients
If your gut isn’t working optimally, your body is not able to
absorb nutrients from food you eat (or even supplements you
take). As you start to take out irritating foods, you want to
replace nutrients that were depleted.
The highest rates of nutrient deficiencies come from chronic
use of antibiotics and anti inflammatory medications. A diet
loaded with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats
will fill in the nutrient gaps.
3. Restore the Beneficial Bugs
We have beneficial bacteria living in our intestines. They fight
off the bad bacteria for a healthy immune system and improve
digestion for proper nutrition and elimination.
The “good bugs” – probiotics – are found highest in plain
yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and other fermented foods. To allow
these beneficial bugs to thrive they must be fed by prebiotics.
This type of fiber is found in oatmeal, apples, onions, asparagus,
and bananas to name a few.
4. Repair Damage
When we take out the bad stuff and put in the good stuff, we
also need to repair damage already done. This comes back to
diet, as well as supplementation if you can’t get enough in the
foods you eat.
The most critical gut healing nutrients are Omega 3 fatty acids,
zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E. Bone broth is found to be very
healing as well, since it contains collagen to coat, calm, and heal
the gut wall.
In conclusion . . .
Irritation and inflammation in your gut causes your body to
basically start fighting itself. It sends messengers throughout
your body causing inflammation in joints and tissues that
ultimately result in pain.
Our bodies were made to be inflamed only during short
periods following injury, not chronically every day. We were
made to move daily with freedom and ease.
By improving gut health and decreasing this chronic
inflammation, symptoms of bone, joint, and metabolic disease
can be decreased. You can move with less pain and enjoy the
active lifestyle that allows you to continue on the path to a
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