You’ve Gut to Fol­low Th­ese Tips

Eating Naturally - - Eating Matters -

When you wake up in the morning, you are not alone. When you’re brush­ing your teeth, you are not alone. That morning com­mute? Not alone, then, ei­ther. Wher­ever we go, we take a host of micro­organ­isms with us. They re­side in our gut, and play cru­cial roles in im­mu­nity and diges­tion. As we learn more about this area of health, we get more an­swers on how to care for our gut—and its ten­ants—through ex­er­cise, nutri­tion, and life­style. Here’s what one such ex­pert, Ken­neth Brown, MD, sug­gests in or­der to achieve gut health.

AVOID AR­TI­FI­CIAL SWEET­EN­ERS Ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers linger in your stom­ach and can cause diges­tion prob­lems such as di­ar­rhea and gas, so avoid them at all costs to pro­tect the lin­ing of your gut.

PRE­VENT LEAKY GUT Leaky gut is a se­ri­ous is­sue and a ras­cal to di­ag­nose. Leaky gut oc­curs when the lin­ing of your small in­tes­tine starts to break apart and tox­ins like food par­ti­cles and bac­te­ria es­cape, re­sult­ing in a plethora of neg­a­tive symp­toms.

GULP WITH CAU­TION Ex­ces­sive al­co­hol drink­ing can lead to many di­ges­tive is­sues such as heart­burn and in­flam­ma­tion of the stom­ach and can even in­crease your risk for small in­tes­tine can­cers and leaky gut. An oc­ca­sional drink or two is fine for your di­ges­tive sys­tem, but ex­ces­sive drink­ing should be avoided.

STAY STRESS FREE Stress neg­a­tively af­fects your di­ges­tive sys­tem and can cause your colon to spasm or ex­pand the acid in your stom­ach lead­ing to in­di­ges­tion. Hit­ting the gym for moder­ate ex­er­cise can re­lieve ten­sion and in­crease en­dor­phins.

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