Gut Feeling

March 25, 2014

Did you know that 3/4 of your immune system resides in your GI (gastrointestinal) tract? Have you ever gotten a stomach ache or stomach cramps when you’re stressed or tired?  The connection between your health and your gut is real and affects your body more than you would believe!

In college I took a health class that impacted me more than any other class…funny considering I was a finance major;)  Anyway, my professor wrote a book that was the basis for our semester study of health and one of the chapters was all about our immune system.  So, to give you a simple recap, our immune system is one of the most important factors determining our health and how we feel.  It fights off disease and invaders that will make us sick.  If your immune system is run down by stress, lack of sleep or a poor diet, you will probably find yourself sick a lot. Keep your immune system strong, you’re bound to feel healthy and full of life!

With our gut/GI tract affecting such a huge part of our immune system, wouldn’t it make sense to take care of our digestive system?  However, most people don’t think about how food and nutrients play a key role in how we feel.  Put garbage in, get garbage out right?!  If we eat healthy and put living nutrients in our bodies, our immune system will take care of us.  Unfortunately the opposite is also true–eat fast food, “food like products,” sugary and boxed/processed/packaged foods you will eventually feel the effects of a poor diet and weak immune system.  IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome–a disturbance between the digestive tract, brain and nervous system) is so common among Americans.  Maybe there is a much bigger connection between what we eat and how we feel!!!!

If you do struggle with digestive issues, here are some ways to improve that as well as build up your immune system:

-Eliminate the trigger foods such as greasy foods, milk, grains, alcohol, chocolate and caffeinated drinks.
-Eat more fiber.
-Eat more probiotics or take probiotic supplements.  Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and kefir are great sources because they are full of live active cultures that help provide the “good” bacteria in your gut.
-Reduce your stress –>Workout!
-Sleep 7-8 hours a night.
-Drink more water.  Shoot for 120 oz a day.

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?  Maybe it is time to focus more on what you’re putting in your body–is it healthy food or junk food that’s going to create more digestive problems?  I have so many clients that will attest to the almost immediate positive changes they experienced after starting to eat clean and healthy!  They all say they feel more energetic, alive, healthier and stronger.  Don’t you want to feel that way too?!

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