You Are What You Eat
You are what you eat and you cannot make changes in your life if you do not commit to your health. You also cannot help the people you love if you don’t help yourself first. The food you put into your mouth directly affects your mood, your sleep, your mindset, your skin, your gut and your hormonal health. It also provides the foundation of the structure, function, and overall stability of every cell in our body. When you consistently choose junk food over whole food, you are robbing the body of its vital energy and compromising your digestion and gut health.
“All disease begins in the gut.” ~Hippocrates
What is whole food?
Whole foods are simply foods that are either not processed at all, or processed minimally. Examples include whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables. They’re the foods that don't need labels listing a million different unpronounceable ingredients. Nutrition labels containing more than five ingredients or difficult to pronounce names should raise red flags and be avoided.
Whole foods contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, C, D and K, B12, magnesium, and calcium. Of course, you could take supplements for these, but the nutrients are absorbed much better when consumed through food versus pill form.
Creating A Healthy Gut Microbiome
Start significantly decreasing your consumption of refined sugar. Sugar produces inflammation and imbalance in the gut and overtime, can cause major issues.
Increase whole grain consumption. Replace all white flour products with whole wheat flour ones. This includes pasta, bread, crackers, and cereal. Consume more oats, brown rice, quinoa, nuts and seeds. Whole grain=fiber=healthy gut.
Eat the rainbow. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to add color to your diet and are also high in fiber. Learn which ones are in season for your area and have fun brightening up your plate.
Increase the amount of good bacteria in the gut. Eating fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha are a great way to boost good bacteria through food. Taking a good quality probiotic supplement daily can help to maintain a healthy gut bacteria balance.
“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”
In my fourth and final segment, I will discuss the importance of exercise for gut health and how to move your body to keep things moving. If you haven’t already, be sure to read the previous blogs in my gut health series.