In the Spring, I am obsessed with spring cleaning! There’s something about eliminating the clutter in my life that makes me feel SO good on the inside. This Spring I’ll definitely be doing a spring clean in my home, but I will also be doing a spring clean of my overall health and well-being, beginning with my gut.
No, I won’t be shoving a toilet brush down my throat to scrub my gut. LOL
I will, however, continue to eliminate things from my diet that aren’t good for my gut health, like high-fat foods, dairy, gluten, and sugars.
I know when I’m avoiding these foods I feel less bloated, lethargic, and I have more energy. When I have more energy, I move more, and when I’m moving and exercising, I’m so much happier and less stressed.
In other words, spring cleaning my gut will make room for more health, happiness, and well-being in my life.
Furthermore, when I’m eliminating some of the unhealthy foods from my gut I make room to add healthy items to my gut such as water, fermented foods, fiber, fruits and vegetables and a daily probiotic.
I’ve been taking the Renew Life Ultimate Flora 50 Billion probiotic daily for more than six months, and I’ve noticed a significant difference in the way I feel inside and out.
This seasonal overhaul of my gut is different from my typical spring cleaning but I know the benefits of my overall health and well-being will be worth it.
To understand the importance of spring cleaning our gut, Dr. Sara Celik, a naturopathic doctor and homeopathic master clinician with over 15 years’ experience, shares the more in-depth information below:
“These days, gut health is something that everyone is talking about. Probiotic supplements and fermented foods are popping up everywhere. If you are seeking natural ways to improve both mental and physical well-being, you’ve likely read about probiotics and may have heard of dysbiosis.
Dysbiosis is a term used to describe microbial imbalances in the body. This is a common problem that affects many of my patients who struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. High levels of stress, the overuse of antibiotics or poor nutrition can quickly throw the balance of gut bacteria off and cause a long list of health issues.”
Below are 3 simple ways that Dr. Sara Celik has helped her patients heal their gut from the inside:
- Proper Nutrition
You’ve likely noticed that you feel more energized when you’re eating a healthy diet. Food is fuel and provides your body with the nutrients that it requires functioning well. Healing the gut starts with optimal nutrition and I always encourage my patients to minimize sugar, packaged foods, and all artificial ingredients.
Fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber will help with achieving a healthy gut by feeding the “friendly” bacteria. Opt for prebiotic-rich foods (prebiotics = food for probiotic bacteria) such as Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, onions, garlic, bananas, and asparagus.
Both prebiotics and probiotics play an important role in achieving optimal health.
- Probiotic Supplements
By taking a high-quality daily probiotic supplement, you can provide your body with a daily dose of “beneficial” bacteria. I describe probiotics as soldiers in the gut that fight for our health. Although the daily dose is dependent on individual needs (e.g. 15 billion or 50 billion), I always encourage my patients to consider diversity when it comes to probiotic supplements.
Since different strains of bacteria offer different health benefits, it’s a good idea to look for a probiotic that contains multiple strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. While Lactobacillus mostly inhabits the small intestine, Bifidobacterium populates the large intestine. With the right probiotic supplement, my patients often notice improvements in both their physical health – improved digestion, better immunity and more energy – and mental well-being.
- Healthy Stress Levels
Not all stress is bad, but it’s important to manage stress. With high levels of stress and our typical go-go-go lifestyle, gut health can be affected and lead to chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Stress can also lead to more serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Since the gut sends signals to the central nervous system (CNS), it may trigger changes in mental health as well. The CNS is the core of our thoughts and emotions. Researchers are exploring the impact that probiotic supplements have on conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. To date, most of the studies have been done in mice, so we still have a long way to go in fully understanding how gut bacteria impact psychological health.
That being said, the gut has been called the second brain since the gut contains its own neural network called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) and 90% of the “happy” hormone serotonin is produced in the gut.
Many health experts agree that the gut is the foundation for achieving optimal physical and mental health. Getting healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult.
Following these 3 simple steps has helped hundreds of my patients lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.
*Thank you, Dr. Sara Celik for sharing these 3 simple yet effective steps in leading a healthier life.
*This post was written in partnership with Renew Life. Thank you for following along as I strive to live a healthy, and happy life. I hope these tips will help you too*