Sometimes, even when people are behaving themselves and adopting healthy habits such as exercising, taking supplements and even trying to eat clean, they still somehow have that lacklustre feeling hanging over their head – that dull level of energy that they just can’t seem to shift.
It doesn’t make sense, does it? You’ve been working so hard to take care of yourself, so you should feel good, right?
Believe it or not, the secret to this lethargic feeling probably lies within your gut. Let me explain…
A healthy body starts with a healthy gut.
One of the main things your gut will do for you is to synthesize the nutrition from your food. You can follow the healthiest diet in the world, but if your gut is in bad health, your body won’t be able to absorb all the goodness of the food!
In fact, there was actually a study which showed that when mice were injected with gut microbes from malnourished children, they experienced a far reduced rate of growth than the other mice – even when they were all following the same healthy diet!
So even if your diet is on point, if you aren’t taking care of your gut, all of the effort and mindfulness will literally be for nothing.
Let’s take a look at some of the most effective ways that you can maintain/improve your gut health and really benefit from the lifestyle choices you make.
1: Take a probiotic supplement
Your gut is packed with trillions of bacteria. Most people look at bacteria as a bad thing, but the reality is that the vast majority of bacteria are actually working hard to ensure that everything in your body is running smoothly – including the processing/absorption of nutrients.
These ‘good’ bacteria are called probiotics. Not only do they create enzymes which promote absorption of food, but they also help the body break foods down into smaller, more bioavailable components.
To give you an example: some probiotics produce lactase, which actually helps lactose-intolerant people better digest foods which contain lactose – definitely something to bear in mind if your body doesn’t handle dairy too well!
Taking a high-quality probiotic supplement should be your number one priority if you feel like you need to improve your nutrient absorption.
2. Be more mindful of your food choices
Something which is incredibly common (and alarming) today is that the majority of people’s diets aren’t made of food – they’re simply made of food-like substances (for example, processed foods).
These food-like substances, not only contain very little nutritional value, but they also contain a ton of sugar and artificial ingredients which can literally wreak havoc on your gut health, obliterating the good bacteria which actually allows us to absorb nutrients!
The good news is that we can reverse these horrible effects by consuming whole, plant-based foods which contain a ton of vitamins and minerals.
3. Consider intermittent fasting
I know I’ve mentioned this method in a previous article, but intermittent fasting can have amazing effects on your gut health.
Basically, the way this works is that intermittent fasting allows the microbes in your gut to take a break, to really reset and recover.
What’s more is that intermittent fasting can also prevent a leaky gut barrier. There was a study on mice which showed that period of fasting actually strengthened the gut barrier against harmful bacteria, and stopped the bad bacteria from getting into the bloodstream, ruining the immune system and causing inflammation (if you aren’t aware, inflammation is the cause of most major diseases).
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of fasting, guys. It can be really simple – just have an early dinner in the evening, and then have a late breakfast/brunch the following day. Just aim for between 12-16 hours without eating (this isn’t long, as you’re asleep for 8), then eat your allocated calories within the remainder of the day!
Your gut will certainly thank you for this, I can assure you.
4. Reduce your stress levels
Stress is known as the silent killer, but that doesn’t cover the full spectrum of negative effects that stress can bring – it’s a complete nightmare for every aspect of mental and physical health!
Something that not many people know is that your nervous system actually determines how well our bodies will digest food. If you’re stressed all the time, your body will constantly be in ‘fight or flight’ mode, focusing on things such as elevating your heart rate and shutting other functions (such as digestion) down. This is a survival mechanism which helps us in times of danger, but it’s not the kind of thing you want to happen on a regular basis!
Rather than being in ‘fight or flight’ mode, perhaps try being in ‘rest and digest’ mode – find some activities which encourage relaxation and peacefulness, such as exercise, yoga, or simply enjoying time around people you love.
5. Avoid things which deplete your microbes
There are a ton of different things which can kill the microbes in your gut, from household products to pesticides on your food. Antibiotics also wipe out both the good and the bad bacteria in your gut, which will ruin your gut health and can actually be harmful to your overall health in the long run.
You can protect your gut probiotics by steering clear of anything which threatens their wellbeing, both in your gut and in your surroundings. These include unnecessary medications, toxic chemicals, and even dirty foods and drinks. Try and make sure the food you eat and the water you drink is organic, pesticide-free and preservative-free.
6. Follow a diet plan which encourages overall gut health
The easiest way to improve your overall gut health and get yourself feeling great again is by following a step-by-step diet plan which promotes these strategies.
There are tons of ways that you can piece together information from the internet, but if you’re looking to an actionable, stress-free plan which can help completely recover your gut, go ahead and take a look at our 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
It’s a comprehensive weight loss program we’ve created using the most effective weight loss methods (from both science and personal experience) in order to help you shift between 10-20 pounds of body fat in 30 days for less than the price of ONE personal training session. We use various different dieting techniques which will get your metabolism and gut health back into tip-top shape and the fat will start melting off like never before!
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We’ve eliminated all the risk, so the only way you can possibly lose out is by not getting involved. Besides, you won’t want a refund when you see the kind of results it’ll bring you – trust me!
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