Optimize Your Digestion

80% of your immune system is located within your GI tract. So taking care of our gut will have a big impact on our overall health. In the same line of thought, our intestines are the home to more serotonin receptors than our brains!!! This is extremely important because serotonin is responsible for so many things:

-Improves Sleeping & Digestion
-Reduces Depression
-Regulates Anxiety
-Heals Wounds
-Maintains Bone Health

SYMPTOMS OF GUT ISSUES
-Gas/Bloating
-Inconsistent Bowel Movements
-Thyroid Challenges
-“Brain Fog”
-Fatigue
-Depression/Anxiety
-Allergies / Seasonal Allergies

COMMON FOODS THAT TRIGGER A CRANKY GUT
-Cruciferous Veggies: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage.
-Dairy (ice cream, milk, cheese, yogurt, casein, whey, lactose)
-Gluten (the general name for proteins found in wheat, wheatberries, spelt, durum, semolina, farro….. Rye, barley & triticale) In Gluten -sensitive people, like myself, it can cause the gut to release zonulin which is an inflammatory protein that controls the opening and closing of gaps within the intestinal wall.
-Beans & Lentils
-Yeast

SUPPLEMENTS TO CONSIDER - Plus A Few Brands To Try
(Keep in mind that GI tract supplements should have a staggered start, we don’t want to overwhelm our system and create more problems.)
-Probiotics - Garden of Life
-Bone Broth - Kettle & Fire
-Collagen - Vital Proteins - Dr. Axe - Wild Foods
-L-Glutamine (slowly increase dose up to 5g daily, I cut with lime juice because it tastes AWFUL!) -Thorne
-Fermented Foods (sauerkraut, kimchi)

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE GUT:
-100 Trillion micro-organisms.
-Referred to as the “Forgotten Organ”.
-Has more Serotonin receptors than the Brain.
-In your lifetime your Digestive System will handle over 50 tons of food & liquid.
-Food absorbed in the intestines goes directly to the Liver through the portal vein.

Cheers to a Healthy Gut!

Michelle Meeks