How much do you really know about your gut?
When I first started out, it was zip, zero, zalch, nada, nothing…
And that was when I was the unhealthiest I’ve ever been in my life!
Because after discovering how much our gut controls, and how to ensure that it’s healthy – I can honestly say I never thought your body was designed to feel THIS good.
Hang with me and I’ll get you from questioning what the heck a gut even is (besides a common term used to describe the pouch our stomach makes when we bend over) to thriving with a healthy, happy gut!
What is Gut Health?
Our gut – a fancy term to describe the part of your digestive tract consisting of your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine – regulates SO many of our body’s functions.
For a quick snapshot, here’s a list of everything your gut regulates in the body:
➪ Healthy Digestion
➪ Weight Management (and weight loss)
➪ Skin Health
➪ Nutrient Absorption
➪ Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
➪ Brain Clarity and Mental Health
➪ Sleep Patterns
➪ Hunger and Appetite
➪ Bloating and Inflammation
➪ Chronic Illness
So, you can see how this one simple thing is by far THE one thing you want on your side.
By restoring your gut health, your body begins to reap incredible benefits from each of the bulleted categories above.
Do You Have Poor Gut Health?
Our body communicates to us, and it’s up to us to listen. See, when we don’t feel well, or something is “off” in our bodies, it’s actually a sign.
A warning sign with big red flashing lights – typically coming from your gut going “HEY! REMEMBER ME?” And begging for kindness to be bestowed.
So here are the top warning signs (and you’ll notice they span to several different realms of the body, but if you recall – our gut controls our entire functioning.)
☐ Low energy and exhaustion
☐ Have trouble sleeping
☐ Get sick often
☐ Experiencing stress in your daily life
☐ Crave sugar regularly
☐ Unintentional weight changes
☐ Acne and skin conditions
☐ Have food allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities
☐ Experience moodiness
☐ Often feel anxious and/or depressed
☐ Experience brain fog
☐ Eat a diet high in processed foods
☐ Cannot seem to lose weight (no matter how hard you try)
☐ Struggle with having and/or maintaining high energy levels
☐ Experience oily skin or any form of skin condition
☐ Rely on coffee or caffeinated beverages to keep you energized
☐ Often feel tired and fatigued
☐ Experience muscle pain
☐ Experience joint pain
☐ Have recurring headaches
☐ Suffer from leaky gut
☐ Bloat after eating meals
☐ Feel inflamed (or “puffy”)
☐ Have sinus problems
☐ Struggle with gas (too much or not a healthy amount)
☐ Experience heartburn
☐ Suffer from acid reflux
☐ Have chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas, or bloating
☐ Suffer from eczema
☐ Experience acne
☐ Diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or experience similar symptoms
☐ Often experience canker sores (aka “cold sores”)
☐ Have the appearance of dark circles beneath your eyes
☐ Easily retain water weight
☐ Experience bad breath
☐ Have a sensitive stomach
☐ Just feel plain “BLEH!” knowing you deserve better (hint: YOU DO!)
To best understand these symptoms, check out the more comprehensive guide HERE!
Top 5 Must Know Gut Health Facts!
⇒ 1. Your Gut Health Can Help You Lose Weight
Our gut plays a vital role in establishing the conditions within our bodies – and one of these conditions happens to be our weight!
While there are two specific strains (Akkermansia muciniphila and Christensenella minuta) of gut bacteria that work to prevent weight loss, the gut works in our favor a bit more than that.
See, our gut health is primarily controlled by the health that is found in our foods and healthy supplements (like probiotics). The more “good” gut microbes we have, the better our bodies function.
The gut has also been shown to have strong control over the body’s metabolism (ability to break down foods and use for energy as opposed to storing as fat) and the insulin resistance cycle.
It’s important that we do not develop resistance to the body’s chemical release of insulin because this is the hormone that counters our blood sugar levels – and sugar is the number one cause of weight gain and fat storage!
⇒ 2. The Gut Produces Over 70% of the Body’s Serotonin (Happiness Hormone)
Serotonin is known as the body’s “happiness hormone” and is responsible for delivering the rush of pleasantry to our minds.
And our guts share a relationship with our brains – known as the gut brain axis – sending signals from the gut to the brain, and vice versa!
So you know when you get the sensation that you’re hungry? This was a message that came from your gut and was delivered to your brain.
How about when you’re stressed and you feel butterflies or an upset stomach? This was a message that came from your brain and was delivered to your gut.
This is due to how closely the brain and gastrointestinal (GI) system are intertwined.
❏ The brain influences the digestive system when it comes to motility, secretion, nutrient delivery, and overall microbial balance.
❏ The gut influences the brain when it comes to properly sending neurotransmitters, regulating stress and anxiety (through hormones), and controlling moods and behaviors.
⇒ 3. 80% of Immune Cells are Located in the Gut
Since the mass majority of immune cells are produced and located in the gut, our gut must be a happy home for them to grow and develop properly.
If our gut is unhealthy, our immune cells will not develop properly or efficiently – causing us to have poor immune systems.
So if you are someone who tends to get sick quite often, this may be a sign that your body is sending to you.
But the good news is, if you restore your gut health, you can skyrocket your immune system very quickly and easily!
⇒ 4. The Gut Regulates More Than 20 Hormones
As women, our hormones are so much more important than we would ever believe.
Hormones control so many of our bodily processes, which is easy to see once we discover how closely they are linked to our gut!
Here are just a few hormones that the gut regulates…
❏ Cortisol – controls our body’s stress levels and has the ability to make us crave foods (usually the unhealthy kind and full of sugar…)
❏ Leptin – this is the hormone that tells us that we are full and to stop eating. Without this in check, we tend to overeat without even realizing it.
❏ Insulin – this hormone was mentioned previously and helps us to combat glucose (sugar) levels and prevents them from storing as fat on the body.
❏ Grehlin – regulates our hunger and appetite. How many times a day do we eat just because or out of boredom? With grehlin in check, we can truly listen to our bodies.
❏ Melatonin – this is a sleep hormone which regulates circadian rhythms – which helps to establish sleep and wake cycles, as well as REM sleep.
⇒ 5. The Gut Controls Your Energy Levels via Nutrient Absorption (the key!)
The primary job of the small intestine is to absorb nutrients from our foods; however, when our gut is unhealthy, we are unable to properly do this.
This means that even though you could be eating healthy foods, your body is not able to uptake the nutrients, and therefore, your energy levels will remain low.
So what’s a great life hack is to incorporate superfood powders into your daily routine.
The key is in the powder.
These powders are composed of foods that are rich in anti-oxidants and countless health benefits, but the most important thing is this – since they’re a powder, they absorb directly into your blood stream and do not even have to wait to be processed through the digestive tract.
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Win – Win.
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▶ ▶ Where to Go From Here?
If any of this became alarming and resonated with you, the best thing is that there are solutions to healing your gut!
I personally recommend incorporating anti inflammatory foods, a healthy probiotic that is best for you, and maximizing your nutrient absorption.
If you are interested, I created the 21 Day Gut Health Challenge to help you do so! This is everything that personally skyrocketed my gut health and all the answers I wish I had when I was struggling with poor gut health.
Check it out HERE if you’re interested!