Gut Health

Gut Health

Gained weight but don’t know why?  Let’s talk Gut Health

Have you gained weight but don’t know why? Do you have a poor attention span and need caffeine at noon and again at 3pm to get you through your day? If this is you, then there is a big chance that your immune system is being challenged.

Our gut absorbs nutrients and is responsible for:

  • The processing of hormones, vitamins, minerals and amino acids
  • Assimilating cholesterol, which we need to build hormones
  • About 70% of our immune system
  • Protecting us against bad bacteria (pathogens)

We all have a mucosal barrier in our intestines that forms a protective layer and selective filter. Without this protective layer we open our bodies up for chronic in ammation, food allergies, toxic overload and malnutrition.

What alters your protective mucosal barrier?

  • Stress and emotions – are you starting to see a trend here!
  • Infection
  • Low stomach acid and gut flora imbalance
  • Toxic exposure
  • Poor/inflammatory dietary choices
  • Drug use such as antibiotics and NSAID’s
  • Over training

Without a healthy mucus lining you have a strong chance of getting a leaky gut.

Signs that you may have a leaky gut:

  • Foggy brain, fatigue and sluggishness
  • Achey body and joints
  • Weight gain
  • Food Allergies – can contribute to autoimmune diseases such as thyroid problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Hormone, mood and immune imbalances
  • Diarrhoea or irregular bowel movements, stomach ache/cramps and bloating

Ways you can help your gut:

  • Pay attention to the foods you are eating and the side effects you get from them. Eliminate any foods that give you an undesired reaction. Without a blood test it is very dif cult to rule out each individual food but this is a good starting point.
  • Take a good quality sh oil, this helps to improve gut integrity and reduce in ammation.
  • Reduce your stress (see section on stress)
  • Improve the micro ora in your gut with a good quality probiotic
  • Avoid binge drinking

If you want to discuss your weight gain or lack of results then please call me on 0414 544944 or book in by emailing nicki@fitnessfaster.com.au

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