All disease begins in the gut—Hippocrates. This statement was made over 2,000 years ago, and today, we are just beginning to understand how accurate he was.
Today we understand that gut health is crucial to total body wellness and overall health. We know and understand that there is a direct link between your gut and your brain that helps to manage your emotions, we understand that a majority of your immune function lives in your gut and we understand that to get the nutrients from our food, we require a healthy gut to absorb them.
There’s no doubt about it, a healthy gut is a must for a healthy life. And, sometimes, especially after the holiday season, a gut reboot is just what we need. So where do we start?
There’s a well-known process referred to as the 4 R’s: Remove, Restore, Reinoculate and Repair. And, if executed with care, can have a positive impact on your gut and health as a whole. Let’s dive in and explore what each step has to offer.
Remove: The very first step is to remove the items that are not supporting your gut health including processed foods, foods that are known to cause sensitivities, and chronic stress. The goal is to remove the items that are known to cause irritation in the gut.
Restore: It’s as simple as replacing your diet with a whole-foods based diet that nurtures and feeds your body. Your gut microbiome actually responds to the food you put in your body. When you consume a whole-food based diet and avoid the fake-foods, your gut microbiome begins to work for you and the more variety your diet has the more flexible your microbiome becomes.
This is also a great time to add a little apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes to your daily routine. A little apple cider vinegar mixed with water daily aids in digestion while Enzymes help you assimilate and absorb the nutrients from your whole-food diet.
Reinoculate: It’s time to add in the good and restore what may be missing from your gut’s ecosystem. This includes supplementing with a quality probiotic and eating a variety of fermented foods. Probiotics help maintain your gut’s ecosystem providing it with beneficial bacteria.
Repair: Last, it’s time to repair. Many of the shifts in the steps above actually help with the repair process: consuming a whole-food diet and adding in prebiotics, probiotics, and fermented foods. There are, however, certain foods that are known to help repair the gut including homemade broths and stocks from grass-fed bones, aloe vera, and fermented foods.
This is also a time to get into a relaxed state of mind. There is a crucial connection in the body called the gut-brain axis. In a nutshell, your mind and gut are directly connected and affect one another. With that, your mind plays a crucial role in your gut reboot as well. In addition to eating and supplementing with the right foods, it’s important to work on your mind. Practice meditation, deep breathing and gratitude daily, multiple times a day if you can.
Yes, a gut reboot takes commitment. And, when it comes to this type of commitment you want to know that it’s going to make a difference, that’s it’s worth it. Gut reboots can result in a variety of benefits including weight loss, glowing skin, enhanced mental clarity, improved energy and more!
Caring for your gut, it’s part of living the #NewEarthLife. And, we want to support you in your efforts. Join us in January 2020 for a 30 day Gut Reboot.