Let’s start the final part of our gut series with some physical symptoms to be on the lookout for that many of us don’t realize are gut-related:
If ya ticked off a few of these, it's time to bring in a pro. Getting help is one of the most valuable decisions you can make, as it was for me, and they will be able to help with the specificity piece.
That being said, the lifestyle factors are also ESSENTIAL, and you will make a quicker recovery by nailing these things:
1. Address your stress.
Figure out what daily practice works for you, a little stillness & reflection goes a loooong way.
2. Crush sleep.
7 hours minimum, you may need to crush upwards of 8 (I was at 9-10 for several months before I turned a corner). Start where you can & work from there.
3. Whole/real foods.
This is your FIRST defense for gut health. Source 1-2 degrees of separation from the source as much as possible. Grass-fed/free-range/organic really matters here, gang.
4. Meal hygiene.
Chew like crazy & relax at mealtime. You may notice immediate relief in some cases.
35-40g is a great target to aim for over time BUT slowly increase your intake - don't go from 5g to 30g overnight, it will not end well.
6. Fermented foods.
Kraut, kimchi, kefir, tempeh, some kombucha (careful here, for some it may contribute to irritation/yeast production).
7. Gut healing aids.
Bone broth, collagen peptides, aloe vera - I used these daily but they don’t supersede the above items.
8. Supplements that may help.
Probiotics, digestive enzymes, zinc, fish oil & glutamine (consult with a doc for specific dosages).
I’ll be honest, it takes a sh*tton of patience to heal from this stuff - but it is COMPLETELY doable and COMPLETELY worth it.
Disclaimer: I refrain from any specific supplement or prescription recommendations, other than lifestyle factors, not only because this is out of my scope, but because I don’t want to discourage anyone from getting the professional help that could massively improve their lives.