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I help people get healthy, and more importantly, stay that way so they're not miserable and just slowly dying for the last 20 years of their lives, which IS the "norm" today.
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So the kids have been done school for just over a week and boredom hasn't quite surfaced yet, but it won't be long. I keep trying to tell them to enjoy boredom now, because in 20 years, they'll long to be bored, but they look at me like I have 3 heads. Honestly, I can't even imagine ever being bored again- kinda looking forward to it happening at some point...
I thought I may as well finish up the whole bowel issue. Nobody ever talks about it because it's just not sexy, right? But you'll be SHOCKED at how important a healthy bowel is to your overall health...
Healthy Intestines = Healthy Body
Few people realize how important your intestines are to your health. Everybody knows they're needed to digest food and absorb nutrients as well as get rid of waste. No surprise there.
But did you know your bowels are a major part of your immune system? Yep. There are more immune cells in your gut than anywhere else.
Did you also know the gut is where you store the majority of your serotonin (the happy hormone linked to depression)? Yep, there's more nerve cells in your bowels than in your spinal cord.
There's more, but suffice it to say that having an unhealthy gut is more detrimental to your health than just the obvious. And the sad fact is that our modern diet and lifestyle means that almost everyone has a less-than-healthy gut.
Here's 6 Tips to Improve Your Gut Health:
Yes, exercise really does solve a lot of life's problems. The increased circulation happens
in the bowels too which helps increase enzyme activity for better digestion.
- Increase your Omega-3's.
Omega-3's are excellent anti-inflammatories and can soothe the gut by combatting the chronic inflammation (explained later). I've spoken about the many health benefits of omega-3's before- this is yet another one.
Just make sure you're not poisoning yourself at the same time because of the toxins in fish oil, which most supplements don't remove. I recommend only Biomega because I know it's pure.
- Get enough Vitamin D.
Again, I've spoken extensively about how important vitamin D is for overall health, so I won't go into it again. You just need to know it's important for gut health too. Taking a supplement is pretty much necessary in order to get enough,
especially for us Canadians. Get your levels tested if you're not sure.
I know. Easier said than done. But stress is hard on the bowels (remember all those nerves that are there?). Think of how bad your gut is when you're really nervous about something- stress is just a lesser version of that, but all the time. Relaxation makes a huge difference, so you have to find a way to make it happen. Try telling your boss your health coach prescribed a vacation? Never know... ;)
- Eat prebiotics.
No, that's not a typo. I really mean prebiotics. This is food for the good bacteria in your gut. If you don't know about good bacteria, stay tuned...
Basically, prebiotics are soluble fiber, like those found in whole grains and most fruits and veggies. (Yes, fiber again! Told you it was important.) Fibergy is a good choice, since it not only increases your fiber, but it is a great source of inulin, which is an excellent prebiotic.
I've saved the most important for last, but it's going to be too long to include it today, so I'm going to keep you in suspense until next time... Which means one more article about bowels- it'll be the last one, I promise (for a while anyway ;)
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Good Health to You,
Kristy Russ, BScPharm
Pharmacist and Health Consultant
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