There’s a lot of research behind gut bacteria, and how the digestive system (and what we put into it) can affect, and bring on, disease. Losing weight, or obtaining a healthier lifestyle is more than just working out and eating right. You have to eat certain foods to reset your body and gain a better gut bacteria.
Sometimes, we’re unaware of how we are feeding, or starving, our gut microbiome. The microbiome in our gut is what affects our cravings, our ability to fight off infection along with combating illness.
In order to reset your digestive system, you must first adopt good habits. Try these tips to improve your symptoms:
In this run-run-run world, it’s easy to finish your food in 10 minutes or less. It’s important to use all senses when eating. Involving all of the senses will help you slow down, and focus on your food (it will help you feel full afterwards as well). Chew slowly to ease the work your digestive system must do to break down the food you didn’t fully dissolve in your mouth. Smell the food, hear it while you munch, look at the plate, enjoy the experience (and ignore the weird looks you get, not everyone will understand).
Keep It Real
The closer the food you eat is to it’s natural state the better it is for you. Remember, nature made=good; man made=bad. Processed food is typically high in sugar, refined salt and ingredients I dare you to say three times fast. Here is a list of foods suggested by Duke University Medicine to add to your daily diet to adjust your digestive system. Remember, when you make a change such as this one, your system needs time to adjust. Adding new fruits and vegetables gradually will avoid bloating and gas.
While you’re at it, add fermented foods as well. These are high in ‘good bacteria’ and eating them will help you regenerate gut flora naturally. Try sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi or Kombucha.
Add Glutamine (no, it’s not the same as Gluten)
Glutamine is incredibly important to your body; it supports repair and regeneration of the intestinal lining in your body and soothes inflammation. Either take it in pill form or find it in these foods:
Add probiotics to your diet as a supplement. Probiotics are good bacteria, and can also be found in yogurt, however, most yogurts are hopped up on sugar, and defeat the purpose. Talk to your doctor about the best probiotics for you.
If you have any questions about what you should eat to be the most effective during your workout and for the betterment of your overall health, ask one of our trainers during your next visit!