Are you gutsy?
See, I thought I was.. But then I found out that I was absolutely destroying my health from the inside out.
And my gut was an absolute train wreck – causing me to experience low energy levels, weight gain, poor immunity, and the whole spectrum of poor gut health symptoms.
But how can you take care of yourself when way too many foods end up hurting your gut health?
And most are without us even knowing – NONE of it being your fault!
Hang with me and I’ll put you one step ahead of the food industries, and help you to outsmart the systems by getting back to eating what our core so greatly deserves.
Why is Our Gut So Important?
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
- 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.
And the best way we can restore our gut health is by the foods we choose to nourish our bodies!
Gut Health Foods to Avoid
Food is designed to nourish our bodies, but in today’s world, the likelihood of finding the proper nutrition is incredibly hard to do.
This is because many of our foods are manufactured, processed through an industry, and filled with chemical preservatives, artificial sweeteners, added sugars, and so many other factors that do not belong in our bodies.
But here are the top foods to AVOID!
Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in our gut. And while we can choose to feed the good or the bad bacteria, it is essential that we starve the bad bacteria and nourish the good bacteria to best support our gut health.
Sugar not only works to counter gut health conditions, but have been proven to result in constipation, toxin storage, and undesired weight gain.
2. Processed Foods
Factories and manufacturing foods is convenient because it allows food prices to stay lower, and more food to be produced.
But that all comes with a cost – your health.
Processed foods are filled with artificial chemicals, added sugars, fillers, and unhealthy “fake” food components.
Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and can recognize the food’s ability to provide nourishment and energy to our bodies – and also know when they do not provide that vital nutrition.
Even if you do not have a direct intolerance to dairy, you likely experience the negative inflammatory effects that dairy has upon the body.
Inflammation (being “puffy”) is the body’s reaction to toxins and poor nutrition. It’s your body’s way of saying “this does not belong here” and fighting it off.
But our bodies should not have to fight off our foods – instead, food again is designed for nourishment – not rejection.
Dairy often results in negative effects like bloating, gas, constipation, and of course – the inflammation.
4. Red Meat
Chicken, turkey, fish, and lean meat are easy for your body to digest.
But red meats are far more complex, and take a long time for your body to be able to break down – resulting in digestive distress, bloating, and gas.
And we want to fill our diets with recognizable, easy to digest ingredients that help us to energize our bodies – as opposed to pulling the energy toward your stomach in order to process our foods.
Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat and barley, and is incredibly difficult for our body to break down as well.
This is because of how processed wheat has become over the years.
And gluten has been linked to digestive issues including insulin resistance, weight gain, and inflammation.
But when we eliminate it from our bodies, our health skyrockets because the pressure our digestive systems experience is greatly relieved.
Did you know that 90% of corn has been genetically manipulated?
There’s a reason that corn “comes out the other side” in similar ways that it was consumed, and that is because it does not get digested.
And for foods to be able to be fully beneficial, they must be digested and then have the nutrients absorbed – but corn does not provide any nutrition.
7. Artificial Sweeteners
This goes hand in hand with processed foods – ingredients that are not “real” and do not belong in our bodies.
And the problem with artificial sweeteners is that they promise the incredible – zero calories AND a sweet taste?
Which then comes at a cost of having a poor gut composition, because artificial sweeteners feed the bad gut bacteria.
And since the gut controls the body’s ability to lose weight, it is far smarter and more sustainable to simply focus on restoring your gut health.
Soy can be fairly confusing because most people are led to believe that it is actually healthy, but instead soy is one other factor that is being highly processed.
(Seeing who’s all to blame here?)
So what you want to do is to design a diet that focuses on wholesome, real foods that nourish your body – which then helps to reduce inflammation, beat bloating, and restore gut health!
If you are interested, I offer a 21 Day Gut Health Challenge where I make this easy peezy, lemon detoxing squeezy for you! Be sure to check it out and let me know your best gut health recipes!