Gut Health...When it's a Big Deal

Gut Health – When it’s a Big Deal

Gut problems can cause several issues in the body, don’t wait to act until it’s a big deal!

In my naturopathy practice, I have been seeing quite a few kids lately with chronic constipation, on daily laxatives, being told it’s normal, and waiting on lengthy waitlists for specialists. For some, some nutrition advice has helped, for others, some comprehensive gut testing has gotten them sorted out.

I wanted to take some time to discuss not only what is normal but also when it is time to seek help when gut problems occur.

The problem we see is that when issues like constipation go on long-term, it affects our physical mechanisms like losing tone and the body’s natural ability to pass stools.

So what’s normal:
  • A bowel movement around 1–2 times a day
  • Full bowel movement to feel empty
  • Not having to strain super hard, but not running out
  • Some digestive symptoms on occasion after eating too much, a meal really outside your normal eating habits (aka highly processed), etc

This is good; this is where we want to be and the place we want to maintain.

Continue to focus on:

  • Whole-food, diverse diet
  • Keeping chemicals, artificial ingredients, and highly processed foods to a minimum
  • Managing your stress
  • Add a digestive enzyme to your daily routine
  • After gastro, while travelling or after antibiotics, always take probiotics

 

What’s common but not healthy:
  • Frequent indigestion, nausea, cramps, and bloating
  • Irregular bowel habits, sometimes super hard, sometimes super loose
  • Pebbles or just super-hard stools
  • Loose stools are often
  • Not feeling hungry in the morning

Oftentimes, people live in this place and think it’s normal, but let me tell you, it is not.

If you are in this category, focus on these areas:

  • Reduce highly processed/packaged foods from the diet
  • Focus on whole foods like vegetables, meats, fruit and wholegrains as part of your diet
  • Include plenty of fibre and gut-loving foods like yoghurt, kombucha, stewed apples, and vegetables
  • Add a digestive enzyme to your daily routine
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Reduce your stress, avoid eating while stressed, establish a meal routine and sit at the table

 

What is worrying you? You need to seek help!

  • Blood in your stools: seek medical advice ASAP
  • Constant constipation that lasts more than a few weeks
  • Diarrhoea that lasts more than a few days
  • Constant indigestion that doesn’t resolve when reducing stress and changing your diet

Continue to “leave no stone unturned” in finding the answer; don’t let anyone tell you it is normal; just live with it. Seek someone who understands and will continue to journey with you. In the meantime:

  • Keep eating well, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Take notice of triggers and continue to avoid them
  • Include gut-loving foods and a good-quality digestive enzyme and probiotic

 

So there you go. Take notice of what’s going on in you (or your child) and take charge!

Don’t forget that your immune system and your nervous system are highly affected by your gut, so it’s essential that you keep them healthy.

 

 

 

Love Alissa ❤

 

 

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