“Trust your gut” is a saying I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’ve likely heard before.
But there’s a reason why your stomach cringes with big decisions.
There’s a reason why you get belly aches when you’re stressed.
And there’s a reason why your gut is worth trusting – because your body really is communicating with you!
But believe it or not, our body’s are far more intelligent than we typically give them credit for.
And if you’re here, you’re likely looking for the major gut reset to help your body rebalance, burn fat, skyrocket metabolism, increase energy, and reap the countless more benefits of a healthy, happy gut!
So let’s dive into it!
You & Your Gut: The Best Relationship You Can Have
The gut is truly the body’s secret weapon, and I wish so many more people knew about it.
Too many people are out there struggling with their weight, experiencing skin breakouts, low energy levels, mental health disorders, and so much more than can be greatly improved and regulated once their gut is in check.
This is because of how central your gut really is to your body. It really is your “core” and all bodily processes operate around it.
Hence, if it’s not a well oiled machine, neither can the rest of your body’s processes be.
For a glance into what your gut controls, here’s a brief list for you!
➪ 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.
The Good, Bad, and Ugly Guts
Our gut is a combination of the foods and nutrients we serve to it over a period of time.
Not to get too science-“y”, but our foods are made up of strains of bacteria. And while the word “bacteria” usually has a bad reputation to it, it’s actually bacteria itself that keeps the gut running and operating so smoothly.
Well, as long as it’s GOOD bacteria. It’s as simple as healthy foods contain beneficial strains of bacteria. Unhealthy foods contain unhealthy strains of bacteria.
Over time, the gut adjusts to the types of bacteria that continue to replenish the gut.
Bad gut bacteria leads to weight gain, low energy levels, chronic bloating, IBS-like symptoms, skin breakouts, and digestive distress.
But good gut bacteria results in the exact opposite.
And I always want to be honest with everyone. Three days gives your body the time to detox (flush out) the bad toxins. Then from there, you can spend time building up the healthier, good gut microbes in your gut!
Days 1-3: Detox & To Dos
When your body first encounters a change from the normal routine (say, eating healthier), the body attempts to regulate to its new norm.
That being said, it’s truly out with the old and in with the new, and the body will gladly rid itself of the inflammatory causing toxins once receiving better, healthier nutrients.
This detoxing process isn’t always roses and daises, either. Sometimes people feel worse during the detox time that it prevents them from continuing their health journey.
Don’t let this be you!
Possible detox side effects include:
☐ Sleep problems
But I tell you this NOT to scare you, but to assure you that these side effects are completely normal.
And will pass.
The general rule is that the longer the side effects are felt, the more your body needed the detox.
Sometimes people do not even experience detox side effects at all! For more information on detoxing, be sure to check out these related artices:
How to Have a Successful Detox
Truthfully, you really do not need to be intentional about detoxing.
Instead, you can focus your efforts on achieving a sustainable, craveable, healthy routine that you know you can follow.
So many people become so restrictive. Their caloric amount is far lower than it needs to be. They believe eating their favorite foods is unachieveable. They workout their bodies each and every day for long periods.
But truthfully, extremities are not needed to achieve the health you desire.
If anything, it’s better to not put such tight restrictions on oneself because that way, you won’t be as tempted to break them.
7 Best Ways to Reset Your Gut
It is through the following healthy habits that I tell you that lead to the ultimate secret of how to restore gut health.
Take it from me and the hundreds of satisfied clients that have used these techniques to skyrocket their gut health – it works.
And it works because it’s ALL NATURAL.
So let’s dive in!
1. Consume healthy, wholesome, real ingredients
Foods can either hurt or heal our digestive tract.
And frankly, it’s up to us and what we decide to eat for how our bodies will feel.
So what I emphasize is filling your diets with anti-inflammatory foods.
These are real ingredients that the digestive system is easily able to identity as food – because guess what?
That’s ALL it is!
No processing, hybridizing, or manufacturing.
Just real food made from fresh ingredients to create simple meals and healthy lifestyles.
2. Stay Hydrated
Water is incredibly important since keeps your body hydrated, energized, and detoxed.
A detox is nothing more than a “natural flush” but it essentially “flushes” the waste and inflammatory toxins from your system – keeping you feeling fresh and shooting your energy levels through the roof.
3. Maximize Nutrient Absorption
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.
If you’re interested, I personally love and adore Your Super.
I’ve found I get the most bang for my buck, and trust me, I’m never one to throw money at supplements. I did that for too many years trying to find solutions that ACTUALLY work.
But Your Super is the easiest way to maximize energy levels while also working to repair digestive health.
Win – Win.
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4. Choose the Right Probiotic for You
Selecting a probiotic can be tricky because you never want to waste your money or your time.
But probiotics can be a great way to support your digestive health since they are beneficial strains of healthy bacteria that are able to get into your gut and work their magic.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a probiotic:
- You want LIVE strains of bacteria (many probiotics have “dead” strains, which when added to your digestive system do absolutely nothing. You need live strains that can continue to flourish your digestive tract with incredible benefits and more beneficial bacteria)
- Expect to pay anywhere from $25-$60/month for a good probiotic
- Read the reviews – it can be really helpful in deciding if the probiotic is right for you.
- Probiotics are measured in CFUs (colony forming units)
- The probiotic should have at least 10 Billion CFUs – less strains will simply not be as potent and beneficial (again, you want LIVE strains)
- Become familiar with the nutrition label – it tells you everything you need!
5. Reduce Stress Levels
This one was almost laughable to me for years – up until the time when I realized how much reducing my stress helped both my mind and body.
You know you. What really relaxes you?
Don’t contort yourself into a pretzel if it doesn’t bring you Zen. Or do if it does.
I know that I relieve my bloating and digestive distress with this short ten minute free Youtube video: Yoga with Sarah Beth
Walking, meditating, spending less time on social media, enjoying time with loved ones… all great ideas!
So think about it… what works for you?
6. Get Enough Rest
When we sleep, our body restores itself. Therefore, taking the time to relax our mind and body before bed helps us to achieve a deeper, more restful sleep.
I know I’ve been bad in the past about being on my phone too much before bed, and even the night-time mode keeps my brain awake as I’m scrolling through social media feeds and taking in that much content.
So, what I try to do is to make a habit of no phones in bed.
Sure, it can be hard.
But I sleep so much better and wake up feeling more refreshed – because that is what sleep is designed for when it comes to our bodies.
7. Perform Gentle Exercises
See, most people think that pushing the body to it’s greatest limit creates the most effective workout.
But during this time, you want to be gentle and forgiving towards your body.
This means doing simple exercises like yoga, pilates, or walking. You don’t have to push your body to the max when you are healing yourself.
So remember patience and forgiveness in the meantime.
You deserve it – you really do!
Take With You When You Go...
Your body communicates to you and it’s up to us to recognize these signs and signals.
If we treat the symptom, it will likely return. But if you treat the problem – you fix the issue.
This is the great thing about your gut health. I felt that discovering this central command center for the body was like discovering one of life’s greatest hacks.
By simply restoring ONE aspect of your body, you THRIVE in so many various fashions.
If you’re interested, I’ve created a challenge to help you to restore your gut health in 21 Days.
Be sure to check out Happyness Is Key’s 21 Day Gut Health Challenge HERE!