Your overall health is directly correlated to the health of your gut. It’s the barrier that separates your insides from the outside and filters what is potentially harmful to your body. Fuel your body with the right foods and your digestive system will use them to replenish your body and keep you functioning well; Fill your body with “toxins” and your body will work to fight off those “invaders”.
Toxins and invaders come in the form of preservatives, alcohol, sugar, salt, antibiotics. When the body has to continually fight off empty calories, it spends less time fueling your bodies necessary processes. Plus these toxins kill beneficial intestinal flora, your immunity to colds and bugs, and replace it with chemicals and side effects in the form of inflammation, cramps, gas, heart burn, and IBS. These symptoms are only the beginning. Continue to fill your body with crap and eventually more harmful symptoms appear, disease potentially following. At that point symptoms aren’t always noticed in the mid-section of the body; They can manifest in other areas of your body due to deficiencies caused by those toxins.
Maintain a healthy gut by eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables . They contain roughage for your gut in the form of fiber. Fuel your body with foods that make it happy. If you know you have a sensitivity to a food, avoid it. It’s not worth the distress it causes your body.
- Fiber aids with digestion. There are two types of fiber both soluble and unsoluble fiber. Try t get a healthy serving of this roughage daily to keep your gut in tip top shape. Soluble fiber binds with toxins and helps eliminate them. Bonus: Soluble fiber gives you a sense of fullness, stabilizes blood sugar and reduces cravings. Insoluble fiber is the street cleaner; it keeps you regular.
- Individuals who consume a healthy serving of fiber daily (for men at least 29g and women at least 26g) are more likely to maintain a healthy weight and are less likely to suffer from disease. Researchers suggest that’s accurate because any potentially harmful “toxin” is eliminated quickly therefore, it doesn’t have a chance to wreak havoc.
- Other beneficial options are fermented foods. Fermented foods work to keep the digestive system’s bacteria in check. Try to incorporate at least one a day to improve digestibility of foods.
- Lastly, stay hydrated. Water also plays a role in flushing out unwanted “toxins.”