How to heal your gut naturally? Is it possible?
Lee Holmes from Supercharged Food believes that it is possible to improve gut health naturally.
So how do you know if you have an unhealthy gut and how can can we keep our guts healthy?
I’m all for watching what I eat as I get older in an effort to remain as strong as possible. I hope you enjoy today’s post in which Lee Holmes, a Holistic Food and Nutrition Coach, and an expert in gut health, shares some of her easy to implement key finds.
What is an unhealthy gut?
If you’ve been suffering from high stress, not enough sleep, maybe eating too much sugary food, overdosing on processed foods, or perhaps taking antibiotics then your gut microbiome could be in a bad way.
Some signs of an unhealthy gut could include:
- Upset Stomach
- An unexplained weight change
- Skin irritations
- Sleeping problems
- Auto immune problems
Lee’s Healthy Gut Health tips
As a Holistic Food and Nutrition Coach, whole foods chef and health food author Lee has done a lot of research into gut health, how to heal your gut, and an overall more healthy way of eating.
I greatly admire, Lee, who I first met at the Bupa Blog Awards in Sydney and when I heard she was coming to Perth to talk about her new book, I booked straight away to attend the event and glean some tips about gut health.
There are a number of ways an unhealthy gut might manifest itself and Lee believes that the first step to Supercharging your life, and your gut, is to listen to your body.
What are the clues and signals it’s trying to give you?
- First take a good hard look at your life.
- Lower your stress levels.
- Take out chemicals and additives from your diet.
- Give your tummy a rest – go on a 4 week anti-inflammatory diet.
- Then follow the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time be good, 20% of the time enjoy things which aren’t so good for you. Quitting everything altogether is very restrictive. Balance and moderation are required to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Slow and steady wins the race.
- Listen to your body – always.
- Practice mindful eating. Remember to take your time over food and chew. Enjoy your food.
- Drinking water, and adding ginger and cumin to your diet can help with bloating.
- Curry Leaf – is easy to grow, crunch some leaves in your hand and the smell will stimulate your digestive juices. Make tea with it. It’s great for waste elimination.
- Nuts can be hard on the gut and difficult to digest.
- Fermented foods are a fast-growing health food niche.
- Coconut oil aids your digestive juices. Occasionally swish it around in your mouth. It can also whiten your teeth.
Healthy Gut Healthy Life
Lee’s quest to help people eat healthier began when she wanted to share easy and simple recipes after being diagnosed with a non specific autoimmune disease and fibromyalgia.
Despite Doctors telling her otherwise, she realised that she needed to change her diet to help improve her symptoms.
Because an unhealthy gut generally means that your life cannot be supercharged.
According to Healthline in this article if your gut is out of whack it can trigger other complaints.
“This in turn may affect other aspects of our health, such as the brain, heart, immune system, skin, weight, hormone levels, ability to absorb nutrients, and even the development of cancer.”
Lee Holme’s Supercharged Story
Lee’s story is incredible.
Some years ago she was working at the ABC in TV and Radio. She was a single Mum, working in a high pressure job, but she loved it.
Trouble was she suddenly got really tired, found she couldn’t get out of bed, her hair started falling out in clumps, she had hives all over her body and in her own words, ‘had a monumental crash’.
Lee was diagnosed with arthritis, a non specific auto immune disorder and fibromylgia.
After many Doctor’s appointments she found herself on 20 tablets a day, and in the end she couldn’t decide which were worse – her symptoms, or the side effects of the drugs.
The Doctor’s Lee saw said none of her problems were diet related.
But Lee thought otherwise.
Over a year she weaned herself off the drugs she was taking very slowly under the supervision of her Doctor and changed her diet completely.
She started a blog and began writing about the recipes she was concocting.
And slowly she started feeling better.
“I’d say about 40 – 50% of people have a problem with their gut in some way.”
Now Lee says that she is at 90% recovery and taking no drugs at all.
Best Foods for Gut Health
“The best foods for optimal gut health are those foods that are as close to their natural state as possible (avoid processed and artificial foods),” says Lee.
Check out Lee’s free Healthy Pantry Stockpiling Shopping List.
“If you are a busy mum ask dad or a friend to look after the children for a few hours or get the kids involved by helping out in the kitchen, invite some friends over too and make a day of it.”
How to Begin Healing Your Gut
“It’s so easy to start being healthy in just a few simple steps and it doesn’t have to cost the earth! A good starting point is to look through the recipes or shopping list and see what kinds of foods you like and then go about and start planning your weekly menu,” says Lee.
“Next, you can organise your shopping list and work out a batch cooking day perhaps on a Sunday if you work full time or do not have the time to cook daily.”
Where to Buy Lee’s Books, Courses, and Love Your Gut Powder
Healthy Gut Healthy You
“Our gut health influences everything from our weight, to our mood, to our cognitive ability. It can be the reason for our back pain, the root of our depression, and of course, the cause of our digestive issues. That’s why testing the health of our gut and then healing our gut is absolutely essential for improving our mental and physical health, ” says Tchiki Davis Ph.D. in the article, 17 Gut Healing Strategies in Psychology Today.
Want to quickly test how healthy your gut is? Do the simple Spit Test!
First thing in the morning spit into a glass of water. If it hangs down like jellyfish tentacles or stalactites it’s not looking good. If it floats you’re probably in a better state of health.
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