Welp I got a little off track.
Overfilled my schedule and broke my rule about not taking days off.
Didn't check in with my intake and didn't realize I was under-consuming starchy carbs.
The first warning sign was my gut starting to feel off & my ol' friend the bloat popping in for a visit.
Gut issues suck, guys.
They can come with other symptoms like....
Our microbiome is still a very new area of study, so it's pretty confusing when your friendly neighborhood fitspo tells you to simply take probiotics or eliminate the gluten (both of which are not overwhelmingly supported by the literature).
I wish I could give you a one-size-fits-all solution, but there are myriad of GI issues that require different, specialized treatments.
But I CAN give you a list of CRUCIAL actions that are pivotal to long-term improvements in your GI health (and exactly what I do to settle my flare-ups).
5 KEYS TO IMPROVING ANY GI ISSUE
1. Emotional Management
Play, meditate, chill and read Essentialism by Greg McKeown.
7 hours min, may need to crush 8+. Start where you can & work from there.
3. Mealtime Habits
Chew like crazy & relax at mealtime.
Increase nutrient-dense starches and if your fiber intake is high (30+g/day) lower it a bit. If it's low (10-15g/day) increase slowly. Amount of fiber varies & you may need to play with it as lack of fiber or too much can cause distress.
Move urryday, minimal HIIT & lots of walking.
Some supps MAY be helpful but throwing every rec you see at it can VERY EASILY do more harm than good. Hire a pro if you don't see changes after a few weeks of nailing the above.