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Signs your gut health might need attention (& what to do about it!)

Gut health is a hot topic in the wellness community—and for good reason. Your gut plays a crucial role in your overall health and well-being. As a health coach, I specialize in helping women improve their overall health, but I focus on gut health & hormones because those are the PILLARS of health in our body that impact everything else.


But how can you tell if your gut needs some TLC? Some symptoms are very obvious (bloating/gas/constipation) but some are less obvious. Let's explore some common symptoms and holistic tips to get your digestive system back on track.



Common Symptoms of Poor Gut Health


Your body has ways of telling you when something's off, and your gut is no different. Here are some common signs that your gut health might need attention:

  • Bloating: Feeling swollen and uncomfortable after meals could indicate imbalances in your gut.

  • Gas: Frequent or excessive gas might be a sign that your gut is struggling to digest certain foods.

  • Acne/Skin Conditions: Your skin often mirrors what's going on inside. Poor gut health can manifest as acne, eczema, or other skin issues.

  • Anxiety: Did you know your gut and brain are closely connected? An imbalanced gut can contribute to feelings of anxiety.

  • Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath can sometimes be linked to gut problems, rather than oral health issues.

  • Weight Fluctuations: Unexplained changes in weight, whether gain or loss, can be a sign that your gut isn't absorbing nutrients properly.


Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Tips for Better Gut Health


If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, don't fret. The good news is there are plenty of holistic ways to improve your gut health:


1. Increase Fiber Consumption


Fiber is your gut's best friend. It helps keep things moving smoothly through your digestive system and feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes into your diet. Some of the highest-fiber foods that are great for your gut & hormones include avocados, pears, lentils, and chia seeds. I highly recommend getting your fiber from real food sources rather than a fiber supplement whenever possible.


2. Drink Bone Broth


Bone broth is packed with nutrients like collagen, gelatin, and amino acids, which can help heal and seal your gut lining. Try sipping on a warm cup of bone broth daily.


3. Space Out Meals


Spacing out meals by 3-5 hours gives your body enough time to fully digest your food and reduces the burden on your digestive system. This practice can help minimize bloating and gas.


4. Lower Stress


Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your gut. Incorporate stress-reducing practices like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga into your daily routine to promote better gut health. Check out this blog post to understand if you have high cortisol (and what to do about it).


I also offer some free guided meditations on my YouTube Channel that you can access anytime/anywhere to help you relax!





5. Daily Movement


Exercise isn’t just good for your heart—it's great for your gut too. Aim for daily movement, especially activities like walking, which can help stimulate digestion and keep things moving.


6. Hydration


Staying hydrated is essential for good digestion. Water helps break down food so your body can absorb the nutrients. Make sure you're drinking enough water throughout the day.



Conclusion

Your gut health is an integral part of your overall well-being. By paying attention to the symptoms and incorporating these holistic nutrition tips, you can take proactive steps towards a healthier gut.



Ready to take your gut health to the next level? Check out my 10-Day Gut Reset. This is a step-by-step guide with a meal plan, supplement recommendations and approved restaurants list. 


It’s EXACTLY what I use to improve my digestion, get rid of bloating and have more energy during the day. I do this program myself multiple times per year as a mini-reset and I've had over 200 clients complete it.


It's designed to help you reset your digestive system and pave the way for long-term wellness.

Here's to your health and happiness!


By following these best practices and tips, you'll be well on your way to better gut health. Don't wait—start your holistic health journey today!


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