Life Reset: Check Your Gut
If there is one thing you learn today about resetting your gut (and health) it is this: this is NOT about a detox or a cleanse. Your body detoxes and cleanses itself on its own, thanks to a little something called your internal organs. You don’t need flat tummy tea or a juice cleanse to get it done.
Instead, you should focus on making small changes that will improve your digestion and help restart your health from the inside out.
Start With What is Bothering You the Most
Before you can reset your gut, you need to know what you are actually trying to change. When it comes to your gut health and digestion, is there anything you can think of that is causing you issues? Maybe you are experiencing problems with bowl movements, you have increased acid reflux, or weird stomach cramping.
This might not be something you can think of immediately. Start tracking your symptoms, writing down details of what you ate and what you were doing every time you had stomach issues. Recording the date and time can also be really helpful.
Have You Considered an Elimination Diet?
Many doctors will ask you to do an elimination diet if you think there are foods that are causing stomach issues. It’s hard to figure out what is causing you problems when your diet contains different types of foods and ingredients.
There are quite a few elimination diets, including:
- Low FODMAP
- Autoimmune Protocol
Getting more information from your healthcare provider may help you make some decisions here.
Eat as Many Whole Foods as You Can
You don’t want to focus on a restrictive diet and take food groups away. However, you can definitely improve your gut by adding more of the good stuff in. Whole foods are those that are considered “clean” or in their natural form, without added ingredients. This might mean choosing nuts and seeds that aren’t salted or have added sugar. Perhaps trying fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned or making meals from scratch.
Eat Prebiotic and Probiotic Foods
Lastly, eat foods that can help with your gut health and gut flora, including prebiotic foods and probiotic foods. Probiotic foods include foods like kefir, sauerkraut, and Greek yogurt. Prebiotic foods include bananas, oats, onions, leeks, and garlic.
Resetting your gut should not be about going on a super restrictive diet or doing anything extreme. Just treat your stomach kindly, eat foods that are wholesome and nutrient-dense, and see a doctor if needed.
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Cindy Rae Fancher
I believe that gut health is key to overall health. A few years ago I changed to a more paleo lifestyle. I am not perfect about it, but generally everyday I am pretty aligned. I find I have a considerable amount of energy compared to before, I over 70 lbs and have far less stomach issues than before. Eating healthier does work. I know also that everytime I breakdown for some fast food I can expect 3 days of recovery from it. Most of the time it just isn’t worth it! Thanks for the great post.
Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA
Hmm. Take 1 Colyte and then refill with whole foods…
Let me think about this a bit more…
Good advice all around. Sometimes the people we eat with the most are the biggest challenge in diet modification (husband!). Do you have see a priority between probiotic and prebiotic food choices?
I am still learning more about prebiotics. I try to include probiotic foods in my diet. I haven’t been as aggressive about prebiotics.
These are all good suggestions! I need to be more proactive about meal planning that includes whole foods. I do eat yogurt, and sometimes veggies, but not nearly enough fruits and veggies, or other whole foods. So I will be keeping this in mind.
Kebba Buckley Button
Love it! My philosophy is right in line with your article! Thanks!
Great information. A few years ago I changed to a healthy eating planduentonmy non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. I felt so much better but I’ve been slipping lately and my tummy knows. I need to get back to healthy eating.