Everyone has heard the saying go with your gut a million times, but in this case, this doesn’t refer to listening to your intuition. As an integrative health coach, I can’t possibly emphasize the importance of good gut health enough. Many women come to me a wide range of gastrointestinal maladies, such as heartburn and acid reflux, abdominal bloating, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
These symptoms can cause daily discomfort and pain. These women often have no idea how these issues manifest, but there are several factors that can contribute to an unhealthy gut:
So, the big question is: How do I maintain a healthy gut? And the answers to that question lie in your diet. Your diet plays an integral part in promoting and maintaining a healthy GI tract.
Fitting probiotics into your diet can be a challenge. Many people try yogurt and probiotic pills. Carrying yogurt around with you for a snack is not always very practical. Did you know that most probiotic pills you purchase at the drugstore, the majority of the organisms die the minute they touch your tongue.
I recommend trying the Plexus TriPlex Combo. I have used Plexus for several years now and these three products I have found work the best and have gotten amazing results for my clients. The probiotics are convenient to fit into your daily life and the results are real.
Changing your eating habits does not mean you have to give up great food. Recently, researchers at the Louisiana State University (LSU) have found that dark chocolate ferments in the stomach and released an anti-inflammatory compound which promotes good gut and heart health.
Another key component to maintaining good gut health, is managing your stress. Things in life are stressful. But stress can lead to diarrhea or constipation. And it isn’t just the stress alone, but following stressful life events, many people can develop stomach ulcers or chronic bowel disease.
Developing healthy stress management is key. As an integrative health coach, I emphasize the importance of balance in your life. Below is a visual of what that balance looks like. When these things are in balance, your stress levels are down, and you operate at your best, gut included.
Probiotics, a healthy diet, and responsible stress management are tools you can utilize to maintain good gut health. The father of medicine Hippocrates said all diseases begin in the gut. Almost 2000 years later, it looks like he was onto something!