This post is sponsored by Country Life Vitamins.
“Balance your gut.”
“…for a healthy gut.”
You’ve heard it all, I know.
Bloating, brain fog, fatigue, frequent colds, mood shifts… All of these ailments and more can be traced back to the, all too famous, gut. Many chronic disease, illness, and infections begin in the gut and have side effects that you’d have zero clue trace back to the gut to begin with.
For years I suffer(ed) with chronic inflammation responses that not one doctor could determine the cause of. It’s often hard to trace illness back to the gut unless you’re working with a holistic doctor or naturopath. In an effort to reduce the impact of my symptoms I tried it all: fiber powders, GG crackers, debloat supplements, and every probiotic under the sun. Here are some suggestions for helping to balance your gut health:
1. Eat fermented foods.
I recommend a gut-friendly diet packed with naturally occurring probiotics (yogurt, kefir), health fats (almonds, olive oil), and fermented foods (miso, sauerkraut, and kimchi). The addition of a supplement like Gut Connection by Country Life will work in combination with these gut-healthy foods. Gut Connection works to balance your gut’s microbiome, and connects your gut to individual health issues, depending on your body’s needs.
2. Be careful with your probiotic.
Probiotics are personal. There is no such thing as a one size fits all approach when it comes to probiotics and digestive supplements. A probiotic should be recommended based on the type of strands you’d benefit from most, antibiotic frequency, and stomach indications like IBS, constipation, etc.
3. Avoid extra fiber, especially if you’re often bloated.
I always encourage my clients to focus on the things they can change — i.e. what you’re eating, what time you go to bed, and how you live your healthiest life. Eating fiber cookies and making probiotic coffee drinks may work for someone else, but may not be the answer for you. These powders and supplements can cause bloating, distention, and blockages in the gut.
4. Take a gut-friendly supplement.
Gut Connection is specifically formulated to help digestive health. It works in tandem with the foods you consume to help maintain gut lining, support a healthy shift in good gut bacteria, and maintain gut barrier function. Bacteria and the integrity of your gut lining have been shown to strongly affect your overall health, both mental and physical. Gut Connection has become a staple in my life because unlike probiotics, which need to be prescribed based on a multitude of factors (there is not one probiotic that works for everyone), Gut Connection works using what you already have in your gut versus adding something new.
5. Stay away from taking antibiotics unnecessarily.
There are some bacterial infections that require an antibiotic without question, but there are also many that can be cured without one. The amount of damage antibiotics do to the gut are understated. While some of the “good” gut bacteria starts to replenish four weeks after a course of antibiotics, many strands take upwards of six months to reappear, if at all.
Everyone is different. Everyone’s gut requires a different type of care. If you suffer from poor digestion, a digestive disorder, or trouble metabolizing food, the care you might need is entirely different from someone with no gut trouble. Poor gut function is the cause of so many other issues. I always encourage baby steps. One positive change is a step in the right direction.