5 Top Tips for Gut Health
Updated: Oct 1, 2020
Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria, your microbiome. The more diverse these bacteria are the better equipt your body will be to reduce inflammation, detoxify and provide essential nutrients round the body. Kinesiology is a fantastic way to help improve gut health and can give insight into difficulties that have been bothering you.
As well as using kinesiology here are 5 ways to improve that gut health :
1. Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary - Modern antibiotics carpet bomb the microbiome! Broad sectrum antibiotics were introduced in the 1970s and were lifesavers because they killed most bacteria. Little did we know then that they also killed off all of our good bacteria that keep us healthy and keep our immune system in great shape. If you do go for a round of antibiotics the best thing is to take a course of probiotics, the good bacteria, afterwards to reinoculate the gut.
2. Get checked out for food intolerances - Some people suffer from poor gut health because they are unaware of allergies, or intolerances in their body. For instance, if you are lactose intolerant and drink milk, you are likely to experience bloating or diarrhoea, which can be signs of poor gut health. Gluten too is often difficult for some people to digest and can lead to digestive difficulties and other complaints such as skin conditions, tiredness, headaches / migranes etc. Kinesiology uses muscle testing quickly and effectively to find out what foods might be troublesome.
3. Eat a diverse range of food - especially plant based food. The more varied our diet the
more varied and diverse our gut bacteria will be. And a blooming microbiome is associated with better health. Eating the rainbow is a great way to get colour, taste and texture onto your plate and can make eating fruit and vegetables fun for kids.
3. Manage stress - stress produces a chemical called cortisol which can cause disruption to
the communication pathways between the gut and the brain, known as the gut-brain axis. This can mean changes to blood flow and secretions in the gut, which can create better conditions for pathological bacteria and inhibit the growth of some helpful bacteria. It can also affect the movement of food through the gut and result in either constipation or diarrhoea. Meditation, breathing techniques, EFT and Bach flower remedies are some things that I would discuss and even muscle test during a Kinesiology treatment.
4. Add some fermented food to your diet - I love adding yoghurt, kimchi, saurkraut, keffir,
kombucha, miso and sourdough bread in when I can. They are all bubbling with good bacteria and taste great. Eating and drinking these types of foods is a cheaper, more sustainable way to get your daily dose of good bacteria - food is medicine after all. Food will also give you a much wider variety of bacteria as probiotic capsules only contain a limited number of strains. You can buy some to begin with to see what you like but making your own is best and easy to do.