Feeling Weighed Down? Try A Gut Cleanse
Are you feeling a little…blah…lately?
If you feel a little weighed down – mentally or physically – it could be a sign that your gut is out of whack.
You may be asking what we mean. Well, let’s start by explaining what the gut does.
Why is my gut important?
First off – your gut is incredible! It’s full of bacteria – but the good kind of bacteria.
The gut actually refers to the gastrointestinal tract. This is also known as the digestive tract or your digestive system. Your gut (digestive system) is responsible for the digestion of all the food you eat, absorbing the nutrients available in the food you eat, and eliminating what your body doesn’t need – waste. Many parts of your body play an important role in gut and digestive health, including your mouth (when you chew food), your esophagus (when you swallow food), your stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
But it’s not just about digestion! Your gut also plays an important role in your immune system and keeping your body healthy and free from harmful bacteria, as well as your metabolism and energy. Your gut is also in constant communication with your brain – the gut-brain axis – sending signals to your nervous system telling your body how to behave. (Butterflies in your stomach – that’s a result of your gut-brain axis at work.)
Diet and lifestyle are super important to maintaining a healthy gut and healthy gut bacteria.
How do I know if I need a gut cleanse?
Pay attention to your digestive system while it works. Are you feeling bloated, gassy, constipated or experiencing diarrhea? Abdominal digestive pain and irregular bowl movements may indicate something is off in your gut.
Have you noticed food intolerances or sensitivities, like a sensitivity to dairy products (lactose) or a gluten intolerance? These are also signs of digestive issues that may need to be looked at. You may also experience a skin problem as a result of some of these sensitivities, such as acne, eczema or psoriasis.
Other things that could be related to an imbalance in your gut microbiome include chronic fatigue, unusual changes in weight, difficulty sleeping, or changes in your overall mood and mental health.
While the body has a natural detoxification system in place, sometimes your gut can become overloaded and get clogged up or take on too much bad bacteria. This is when you’d want to clean it out. Think of your gut like a car engine – sometimes it may need servicing. And if you don’t service it, and clean it out, it could start damaging itself and other parts of the car…err, your body. This contributes to other health problems down the road.
Remember, if you notice any chronic symptoms, it’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor. It’s also good to speak with a medical provider before making any significant changes to your diet. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or another mental health concern, it could be worth reaching out to a mental health professional for guidance.
How do I cleanse my gut?
Colon cleansing may be done for certain medical procedures, like a colonoscopy. But in a non-medical setting, there are some distinct diet and lifestyle approaches you can take to help reset your gut.
If you want to be able to trust your gut, then you should be sure you are looking after your gut too. These tips may show some positive benefits in overall health, vitality, and digestion.
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