Maybe you've never given any thought to it before now. Maybe you thought your experience was normal and you just had to "live with it."
The reality is that our microbiome aka our 'gut health' is responsible for a large portion of the way we feel both physically and mentally. All of us have both good and bad bacteria in and on our bodies and the bacteria in our digestive track plays an important role in our overall wellness.
It is estimated that about 80% of our immune function resides in our gut and about 90% of our serotonin is produced there as well. While you may think your mood swings or chronic constipation are related to stress at work or the fast food you had last night, there could be a bigger underlying problem--dysbiosis.
Dysbiosis is a condition in which the gut bacteria become imbalanced, leading to a wide range of digestive disturbances including:
Bloating Food Sensitivity
Trouble Losing Weight
Trouble Gaining Weight
What causes an imbalance?
Antibiotics have saved many lives and are a wonderful resource when used appropriately. However, they are sometimes overprescribed and unfortunately they don't discriminate between good and bad bacteria in our bodies. Antibiotics kill off the good gut bugs causing an imbalance. This is why it is sometimes recommended to eat yogurt when you take antibiotics-- the good bacteria in the yogurt can help keep your gut more balanced.
The SAD Diet
The Standard American Diet is playing a huge role in our gut health. We are overloaded in sugar, fat, processed foods, hormones (from the animals we consume) caffeine and alcohol, while under consuming whole foods that actually nourish our body. Many Americans are lacking in appropriate fiber intake due to their lack of whole foods in their diets.
A study done by Dr. Rob Knight showed that the greatest predictor of a healthy gut microbiome is the diversity of plants in one's diet. When we consume at least 30 different plants a week, we can help cultivate a healthier gut!
Even as a Wellness Coach, I sometimes struggle-- hey, I'm human! For the last several weeks I have been feeling irritable, not sleeping well, fatigued and just not myself. I thought it was the cold weather, or maybe the stress of moving from Colorado to Hawaii, or maybe it's this year-long pandemic, or maybe it's all of it? I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.
While I can't change or control what's going on in the world and in my life, I can control how I approach caring for my mind, body, and spirit. With my gut health in mind, I've decided to commit to a 21 Day whole food cleanse to rebalance my microbiome and revitalize my mindset and health. We'll be focusing on eliminating processed foods and animal products from our diets over the course of three weeks, with guidance on how to reestablish a more sustainable, but healthier, approach to the way we nourish our bodies when we're done.
Because our bodies will be detoxing, we will need to keep our exercise regiment light and gentle. I will be providing you with both daily optional meditations and yoga practices to help you turn inward and dive deeper into the restorative process. It is my goal and hope that we will all be sleeping better and finish our three weeks together feeling like our happiest, healthiest, most vibrant selves. What a way to head into the Spring and Summer seasons!
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