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How Your Liver & Gut Health Impacts Hormone Health

How Your Liver & Gut Health Impacts Hormone Health

When we talk about the liver, we usually focus on its role in detoxification. Your liver performs about 200 very important functions. These impact hormones, cholesterol, bile production, protein synthesis, blood purification, and more.

When your liver is working efficiently, it purifies the blood, regulates metabolism, stores vitamins and minerals, and even protects you from parasites and other infections. 

But what happens when your liver isn’t working efficiently? 

And do you understand how your gut health impacts hormone health? 

It’s important to realize that the labs can still appear normal even when your liver is sluggish. A lot of people come to me saying their doctor ran their bloodwork and their liver is fine. 

So if your lab tests are normal, how do you know if you are suffering from a sluggish liver?

What Happens When The Liver Functions & Malfunctions

The liver plays a crucial role in your body. But are you aware of the symptoms of a malfunctioning liver?

Digestive Problems

The liver produces bile that helps to aid in digestion. But what happens when the liver is producing less bile? Or when the gallbladder is no longer doing a good job of storing bile to use when you eat? If this occurs, you may experience bloating, constipation, and loss of appetite. 

Are you tired of digestive problems controlling your life? 

Get in touch with me and together we can get to the root of the problem so that you can truly heal.

Blood Sugar Problems

The liver plays an important role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. So what happens when you have a sluggish liver? 

If you are suffering from a sluggish liver, then your blood sugar levels will tend to fluctuate. This may leave you feeling weak and dizzy. Nausea, vomiting, and a total lack of energy are common.

Hormonal Imbalance

Think of your liver as a filter for your hormones. When this process is not working efficiently, you may experience sleep disturbance, depression, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, and fibroids.

Skin Related Issues

When clients come to me with any kind of skin problem, one of the first things to come to mind is the liver. This is because it plays a huge role in eliminating toxins from the body. 

One of the ways we detox is through the skin. When the liver isn’t working efficiently, toxins can come through the skin, and you may develop rashes such as psoriasis, eczema, itching skin, or even acne and moles. 

Detoxification

Our livers take a beating regularly due to the toxic world we live in. Several things in our environment expose us to toxins on a daily basis, including:

  • Air pollution
  • Toxic cosmetics and skincare products
  • Home cleaning products
  • Prescription medications
  • Herbicides and pesticides in our foods
  • Toxic cookware
  • Plastics
  • And even tap water

Aside from your liver, you can also detoxify through your skin, lungs, kidneys, and digestive tract. However, when one of those areas becomes overloaded, it can take a toll on your body.

So where does the gut-hormone connection actually come in?

How Your Liver & Gut Health Impacts Hormone Health

Clients often ask me to investigate their hormone health. To do this, I start by asking questions to determine whether the gut is playing a role in their hormonal imbalance.

In my years of practice, there have been client cases where diet and supplements alone improve the hormone imbalance. This was the case for Tanya, one of my younger clients.

She had debilitating menstrual cycles that would even land her in the hospital. The biggest change we made was upgrading her diet to include more natural and whole foods, and eliminating processed foods. Doing this cleaned up her liver. And with targeted supplements, we even repaired her gut lining. 

Are you seeing how your gut health impacts hormone health? Contact me so that you can finally get back to the life God intended for you to be living. 

Understanding The Phases Of Detoxification

Your liver goes through more than one phase of detoxification. That’s why it’s important to know what you need for proper detoxification to take place. 

If you feel the temptation to grab a detox in a box, you might want to reconsider to avoid wasting your money. Unfortunately, the juice cleanse trends don’t offer true detoxification benefits, because they don’t have everything needed to truly allow you to detox. 

Phase One

During the first phase of detoxification, your liver makes the toxins more water-soluble using oxygen. Then your liver uses enzymes to burn up the toxins. This allows toxins to more easily expel through the liver and kidneys. This process stirs things up and causes the liver to produce more toxins. It sounds like we’re taking a step backward here, but it is a necessary step in the process.

Phase Two

In the second phase of detoxification, the oxidized chemicals combine with specific amino acids and organic acids. Then, they excrete through bile or urine.

There are six different pathways in phase two that are responsible for different substances, like estrogen, heavy metals, thyroid hormones, nicotine, bacterial toxins, caffeine, and more.

Other Detoxification Methods & Issues

Not all clients have it as easy as Tanya. When working with my clients, I use advanced hormone testing that looks at the pathways rather than just the hormone alone. This testing also looks at organic acids as well as methylation pathways. 

Methylation Pathways

It’s fairly common to see problems with methylation pathways. They are responsible for detoxifying estrogen, dopamine, histamine, and heavy metals. However, when methylation is slow, we can increase certain types of B vitamins to strengthen the pathway.

Sulfation

Sulfation also plays a role in the detoxification of neurotransmitters, thyroid hormones, and excess bile acids. It’s important to realize that over-the-counter anti-inflammatories negatively impact this pathway. We can, however, support this pathway with sulfur-rich foods and supplements. 

Estrogen

When it comes to estrogen, detoxification pathway blockage can lead to estrogen excess. This can result in fibrous tissue in your uterus or breast, thyroid nodules, heavy menstrual cycles, miscarriages, infertility, hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, and fatigue. 

Too many times, women have come to me after their doctors dismissed some of these as normal hormonal symptoms. That’s exactly what happened to Tanya. But when we completely assessed the situation, we were able to naturally balance her hormones and do away with her unwelcome symptoms – by addressing the root. 

My Gut Hormone Connection

My own challenges spurred my interest in the gut hormone connection. As a child, I developed constipation issues. At the age of 12, I was put on birth control. This was followed by me dealing with fungal and candida infections for many years. I never made the connection between my symptoms and birth control. But by the time I was in my late teens, I received my IBS diagnosis.

In my mid-twenties, I lost my menstrual cycle for about three years. 

Then at 27, I was diagnosed with perimenopause. 

But even with the bioidentical hormones, my digestive symptoms never seemed to completely correct themselves. In fact, some of my symptoms even got worse. The cravings, weight gain, and inflammation in my body were still part of my daily life.

To be honest, I did feel slightly better. But I could tell the prescriptions were simply covering up my symptoms, just like birth control did for so long. 

Turns out, I was being over-prescribed hormones. Under the guidance of a functional medicine doctor, I stopped taking those prescriptions. Instead, my new doctor was helping me to support my liver and detox my body in a way no one ever had. The funny thing is, I was suddenly feeling better than I had in years. 

What I Learned From My Journey

Being a practitioner myself at the time, I took advantage of my resources. I started running the advanced assessments and labs that I use with my clients today. While looking at my digestive system, it was revealed that I had parasites. 

So I started strategically working on those areas. By implementing a healthy lifestyle and a very specific supplement protocol, I brought my body back into balance. I was able to heal my IBS symptoms and rid myself of parasites. 

The best part is, after years of struggling with hormone imbalance, from my first cycle at 11 through the age of 30, I was finally able to balance my hormones. 

And I did it naturally with food and supplements!

Heal Your Entire Body & The Liver, Gut, & Hormones Will Follow

When you’re looking to heal or stop symptoms, it’s important to address the entire body. The problem you are aware of may not be the actual problem after all. Instead, it may be the result of a problem in another area.

It’s important to remember that the entire body is connected. One area can greatly impact another. And it’s understandable if you’re not sure how it’s all connected or not understanding how to do the detective work on your own. 

Putting the puzzle pieces together took me a lifetime and lots of training to accomplish. But that doesn’t mean you should continue in your cycle of trial and error. It’s time to hire someone with experience. I can help you get to the root of your health issues so you can make a bigger impact in this world. Reach out today to start your own healing journey.

A Story Of How My Recent Illness Impacted Me Deeply

A Story Of How My Recent Illness Impacted Me Deeply

I’ve spent a lot of time this past month thinking back to when I was at the sickest point of my life. It impacted every single organ. I believe that’s by design. Stress and sickness can eventually impact everything. Your relationships, finances, career, social life. It could also show up as an imbalance in a lot of different areas, like your hormones, your digestive system, your immune system, weight and metabolism issues, or autoimmune conditions. 

I have experienced pain in every single organ system. 

I was on a ton of medications and the only other solution being advised to me was to be cut open on an operating table. 

So I went on a mission to heal my body naturally. I was tired of hearing the same message over and over that the doctors needed to throw yet another medication my way. 

Everything I needed to heal my body was placed on this earth. All it took was the knowledge to know how to access it. 

Once I started living a natural and functional lifestyle, my symptoms disappeared for 10 years. That ultimately became a point of pride for me. It was a flag that I waved proudly and boldly. I had been 100% healed. 

That was until my recent illness impacted me deeply and in multiple ways.

How Health’s Longevity Plays Out

I’ve been silent about this topic – mainly because there are so many polarizing viewpoints and I didn’t want to get distracted by that. 

My recent illness impacted me deeply and this needs to be said…

If you’ve been around here for some time, you know my message is one of longevity. I believe you don’t have to get sick before you die. You can live in health right now and into old age. 

However, when there is longevity, it is easy to fall off the straight and narrow path. Over the last couple of months, I compromised a couple of areas of my life. For a moment, I forgot that everything matters when it comes to your health. 

Every time you allow some sort of stress to creep in, eat something that doesn’t agree with your stomach, don’t put yourself first, forget the boundaries that you need to set, or lose your grounding… 

All those things matter and impact your health. 

It’s not a one-and-done game. 

It’s a do the right things every day, day in and day out, for your health.[RELATED: 7 Tips To Start Living in Optimal Health & Break Free From Your Body’s Underlying Malfunction]

My Recent Illness Impacted Me Deeply & Changed My Outlook

Every time I experience a symptom in my body, I remember the imbalances in my past cycles of illness. If I wake up with a headache, I remember the migraines that’d last a month or longer. Panic, fear, and sleepless nights used to consume me. I used to live a life directed by how I was feeling every single day. I’ve been reminded of all of those things – especially this last month. 

Getting sick again has impacted me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 

My fever lasted 17 days without breaking. It was only when a friend sent me wet sock therapy that I was actually able to break that fever. Upper respiratory stuff was affecting my quality of life. I was living on anti-inflammatory medication – which destroys our gut. Unfortunately because of the symptoms, I had to rely on those medications to simply make it through the day. 

I’m grateful to have a lot of tools and resources stashed in the back of my mind for moments like this… even though I pray they don’t happen often. 

Now, I’m on the tail-end of this illness. But, that doesn’t negate the fact that I’ve watched people die because of this same illness. 

Despite the heartbreaking symptoms I experienced, I’m appreciative of the lessons that came my way. Here’s what I learned: 

Compassion

My compassion for my clients has come back. It’s stronger than it’s been in a long time. 

I remember what it feels like to be sick. After 10 years, it’s so easy to forget that. As I remember what pain and aches feel like, I know that many of my clients have been living with these symptoms. I used to catch every illness that came my way and now I remember how that currently pertains to many of my clients and readers. Headaches, sleepless nights, and having to change clothes in the middle of the night because I was sweating due to menopausal symptoms in my mid-late twenties. These symptoms ruled my life. 

I’ve been reminded of the unpleasant times and the fact that my clients come to me because they are currently experiencing these symptoms in their own lives. But most importantly, I am reminded that you are the reason for my career path. Because I want you to experience everything wonderful this world has to offer.

Gratitude

I’ve experienced so much gratitude the support I do have – gratitude for my health, husband, and God. 

Through this, I’ve met the right people at the right time. Fortunately, I partnered with the right consultants to help my business continue without me. It has run seamlessly. New clients came about when I couldn’t even market. Breaks in my schedule, cancellations of appointments… Everything worked out.

I realized that the God of this magnificent universe was holding me. That every day, we run around trying to make things happen, fit puzzle pieces together… and it should be simple. In this gratitude I feel even more compelled to help you, my clients and readers, to find wholeness in your health.

[RELATED: What Lights You Up? How To Add Positivity To Your Mindset]

Simplicity

I failed in so many ways to see the simplicity of life for what it was. I can walk outside and hear the birds singing to me. When I see the deer, I appreciate them. Once again, I can feel the blades of grass growing next to me. I’m grateful for the seasons of life. I can see the abundance of the universe all around me. And more than anything, I want this beauty in simplicity to grace your life.

Because when you appreciate even the smallest of things, you can live a life fuller than you ever imagined. 

I’m in a different place spiritually and it’s all thanks to getting sick.

I’m here, ready, back, and stronger than ever post-recovery. I can feel the energy coming back. This is one of the greatest lessons. I fully expect abundance in my health, my business, my clients, my relationships, and my free time. That’s what I deserve in this life. And you deserve it, too. You deserve the freedom that health brings. I can truly say that I am grateful that I can experience this and be on the other side. And I’m grateful to share my experience with you – whether or not you’ve fallen ill – because together, we can experience healing.

I’m so glad that God has given me the ability to see illness in this way. 

Are You Ready To Go On This Journey With Me? 

This message was not one that I ever dreamed of giving, but it’s one that I believe you need to hear. There is hope even in sickness. There is hope in living a life free of disease and pain. If you’re ready to go on a journey with me, I invite you to schedule some time to speak with me here. 

My recent illness impacted me deeply and reignited my passion for guiding you on your health journey. 

If you’re not ready to commit yet, join my Love Yourself to Health with Chelsie Facebook group. This community is encouraging, life-giving, and resourceful. 

Either way, I invite you to open yourself up to better health.

Intermittent Fasting: The Good & Bad Of This Eating Schedule

Intermittent Fasting: The Good & Bad Of This Eating Schedule

Intermittent fasting is a new term that’s only grown in popularity over the most recent years. But there is still a lot of confusion around whether it’s actually good and safe for you. 

It’s important to realize there are different types of fasting. While too much fasting can reduce muscle mass and skin elasticity in some people, fasting is a pretty healthy practice for the most part (with a couple of caveats). One of the biggest cautions of fasting is for those suffering from poor adrenal health. 

As long as the body is being supported, it’s typically safe for most people. Make the best decision for your body by finding out whether intermittent fasting is right for you.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Although the term has recently garnered a lot of popularity, people of different religions and cultural backgrounds have practiced intermittent fasting for centuries. 

Instead of not eating for days, this type of fasting requires a period of time during the day where you withhold food (i.e. your fast). That means you have a shorter period where you can consume food. There are several ratios that some argue are better than others. 

You may be familiar with the 8:16 method, where you are consuming food for 8 hours of the day and then fasting for the other 16 hours. This helps the body regulate digestion, sleep-wake cycles, and hormones. Additionally, it has a natural cleansing effect on the body and benefits blood sugar, blood pressure, and food cravings.

Others opt for an ever shorter eating window of 4 hours. This is called the 20:4 method. It is a popular choice for people with specific fitness goals or those who must work around a challenging schedule to practice intermittent fasting. 

The 24:0 fasting method is common in a lot of religious practices. It’s a time where there is no consumption of food for at least 24 hours. This allows the body to clean up damaged cells and regenerate new and healthy cells through a process called autophagy.

The term autophagy means self-eating. Although it is a great way to support the digestive system, it’s not for everyone. This form of fasting can be hard on those with adrenal or thyroid problems and for those under a lot of stress.

The Good: Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

Regardless of the ratio, there are some great benefits of fasting to help you decide whether this type of eating is right for you.

Ready to find a plan that truly works for you and your body? Reach out to Chelsie Ward Wellness to get started!

Release Your Body’s Toxins

Fasting is one of the most powerful ways to remove toxins from your body. When you’re fasting, your body burns fat for fuel. The name of this process is lipolysis. It helps mobilize the fat-soluble toxins stored in the fat, which allows your body to release the stored fat.

Improve Your Insulin Sensitivity

Fasting lowers insulin and blood glucose levels. If you have an insulin resistance diagnosis, then you must know that this is a precursor to several more serious health problems, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Other chronic diseases

When you fast, glucose levels fall and the pancreas produces less insulin. When insulin levels fall, the body gets the cue to release energy and burn your fat stores.

Decrease Your Inflammation And Gut Health

Fasting reduces inflammation not only in the gut but in the entire body. It also strengthens the gut barrier that protects the digestive system from bad bacteria. 80% of your immune system lives in your gut. When there is a disruption to your gut microbiome, you also impair your immune function. Fasting helps reset this process and reduce gut permeability, also known as leaky gut.

The Bad: The Risks Of Intermittent Fasting You Need To Know

As you can see, intermittent fasting has some great benefits. Like with anything else, it’s not safe for everyone. Here are some risks or warning signs that it may not be right for you.

Avoid If You Have An Underlying Eating Disorder

Fasting is not typically recommended for those who have underlying eating disorders or have spent years under eating. If chronic dieting has been an issue in the past, then it’s important to keep the focus on bringing the body back into balance. If you’ve tried all the diets and nothing seems to stick, it’s time we customize a plan just for you. Fill out my application and let’s work towards your fitness goals together.

Detoxification Doesn’t Work If You Aren’t Already Showing Love To Your Liver

Supporting the body’s detoxification pathways is also important. Intermittent fasting is a lot easier if you love your liver during the process. When fasting, make sure you have everything you need to support all the phases of detoxification. (Need a refresher on keeping your liver happy? Read my previous blog, Loving Your Liver: 10 Clues It’s Time To Detox Your Liver.)

Fasting Puts Stress On The Body

When fasting for long periods of time, it’s important to care for your adrenal system to make sure your hormones have support. As it can be a stressor to the body, fasting can leave you feeling worse if you do not keep your adrenal glands in balance. This may lead to anxiety, palpitations, low blood sugar, and more. Fasting must be supported with proper herbs and minerals, as well as good stress reduction techniques.

Watch Out For You Thyroid Health

Another organ system that intermittent fasting impacts is the thyroid. Many people who have thyroid disease have a problem following ketogenic diets while attempting to implement intermittent fasting. You can still enter into ketosis while fueling the body with enough carbs to keep your thyroid healthy. It does not have to be one or the other. Since the thyroid regulates temperature and energy, these are two signs you may look at to make sure you are fueling your body appropriately.

 

How To Avoid Health Issues Stemming From Bacterial Overgrowth

How To Avoid Health Issues Stemming From Bacterial Overgrowth

Is bacterial overgrowth causing your health issues?

When we think about our health, we don’t always consider that digestive issues could be the root cause. But I have to agree with Hippocrates who said, “All disease begins in the gut.”

Are you aware that you have about 10 times the amount of bacterial cells than human cells? A lot of this bacteria is in our gut where we digest our food. However, if the bacteria is overgrown in the wrong place or in the wrong amounts, it can wreak havoc on our health.

But if the bacteria is working in the right direction, then it can actually be very beneficial. The key to all of this is balance. So how do you avoid health issues stemming from bacterial overgrowth? Let’s dive in!

7 Tips To Avoid Health Issues Stemming From Bacterial Overgrowth

Topics of digestion and the gut can be difficult to comprehend. For instance, our digestive system can cause symptoms that aren’t even related to digestion. 

When you think of digestive issues, you likely think of bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion. You may even think about disease processes like celiac, Crohn’s disease, colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome. 

What you may not know is that an unhealthy gut can negatively impact your liver, your immune system, and even your brain. In fact, the gut has the ability to impact every organ system in a positive or negative way.

It’s important to realize that an unhealthy gut can show up in several forms. Some of these include:

  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Brain fog
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Skin issues
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Food cravings
  • And more

When I work with clients, we address the microbiome imbalance. And when we do, the body begins to heal.

Do the symptoms listed above feel far too familiar to your everyday life? You can find relief to start living a healthy, happy, and whole life. Fill out my application to see if you and I will be a good fit to work together in taking back the authority on your health.

Hippocrates said it well, but I’d like to add that if all disease begins in the gut, then that’s where healing must begin too.

To help you, I’m sharing a number of things that I’ve learned from experience to help build a healthy gut naturally.

1. Remove Inflammatory Foods

Processed foods or foods that you have sensitivities to are causing inflammation every time you consume them. If you know you’re reacting to a certain food, then simply remove it from your diet. Whole foods – the ones God made – should make up the bulk of your diet.

2. Chew Your Food

No matter what you’re eating, chew your food to the consistency of salsa. Doing this helps release digestive enzymes into the food, which helps you break down the food for better digestion. Your stomach doesn’t have teeth, so this is the mouth’s job. Furthermore, digestive enzymes are released in the mouth, not the gut.

3. Keep Your Bowels Moving

It’s important to make sure your bowels are moving. If you struggle with constipation, there are some tricks that can help naturally. Try to implement neural activation techniques like gargling, singing, or deep breathing. These exercises wake up your brain and remind it of its role in intestinal mobility.

4. Address Bacterial Overgrowth

If you have bacterial overgrowth, then you’re going to want to work to bring those bacteria into balance. This may be a great time to bring in healing herbs or probiotics to do the job. This depends on your unique situation.

Are you struggling with bacterial overgrowth in your gut? Let’s take charge of your health and get to the root of the problem together. Reach out to Chelsie Ward Wellness and complete the application so we can customize a plan that will work for you.

5. Heal The Leaky Gut

It’s not a question of whether you have a leaky gut… The question is, how bad is the leaky gut? We all deal with stress, and when you consider the inorganic foods, medications, environmental toxins, or  infections – those make things worse. When we work to restore the gut lining, this helps prevent inflammation in the body. Additionally, this can prevent other disease processes from occurring.

6. Ensure Optimal Stomach Acid

Making sure you have optimal amounts of stomach acid to prevent future infection or bacterial overgrowth. Optimal amounts of stomach acid also ensures better digestion. You can improve stomach acid on a regular basis by consuming foods like ginger, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and fermented foods. 

Indigestion after meals can be a sign that you have low stomach acid. To find out, you can use apple cider vinegar as a test. If taking a small dose before meals improves indigestion, then it’s a sign that you may have low stomach acid.

7. Eat A Balanced Diet

Using the principles listed above, you can create balance in your diet. Health is not about deprivation. In reality, it is more about making good choices 90% of the time and leaving yourself 10% wiggle room once you’ve reached your goals. This gives you the freedom to be human and allows you to remain in health.

You’re Created For More Than Dealing With Gut Issues

New bacteria are being discovered inside our gut every day. While we’re learning more and more about these new species, we will likely never know everything. 

But bringing balance to your gut is simple. Focus on maintaining a good healthy diet, reduce physical and emotional stress, use supplements to support as needed. 

Infections and viruses, even things like the common cold and flu, can influence our gut health. But the stronger the gut is, the stronger our immune system will be.

Ready To Honor Your Body & Live The Life God Intended For You?

Contrary to popular belief, you can’t improve your gut health by simply taking probiotics and increasing your vegetables. This is why so many people feel worse after changing their diet. Oftentimes, we are adding more bacteria to an already overgrown system – which causes more bloating, constipation, and gas, making the imbalance worse.

I have an entire program devoted to reestablishing the gut microbiome in a healthy way to improve the health of the entire body. Not only does it include healing for your body, but it also supports your mind and emotions. If you’re ready for a true transformation, complete this short but necessary application process to see if you are a good fit for this program.

6 Ways To Heal Your Gut & Improve Your Digestive Health

6 Ways To Heal Your Gut & Improve Your Digestive Health

Are you one of the millions of Americans suffering from daily gut-related symptoms?

I was one of those millions – suffering for years. Gas, bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn ruled my life. 

While this may be your reality (like it is for many of the people I meet with on a regular basis), you don’t have to live this way. It is possible to heal your gut and improve your digestive health. 

I did it! Now it’s your turn.

6 Ways To Heal Your Gut & Improve Your Digestive Health

When I was told I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I left my doctor’s office with medication. Yet, I still suffered for many years. As a matter of fact, I struggled with gut issues for almost 30 years. 

Knowing what I know now, we can actually get to the root of the problem instead of attempting to mask the symptoms. When someone comes to me with an IBS diagnosis, I know they likely have any of the following:

  • Leaky gut syndrome or intestinal permeability
  • Pathogens such as parasites, bacteria, yeast, or fungus
  • Food sensitivities or allergies

And these are only the gut-related issues many clients suffer from! 

If IBS goes on long enough, the problems only get worse. By the time a person reaches me, they usually have some other diagnosis along with IBS that may or may not be related to the digestive system.Tired of the trial and error in correcting your digestive symptoms? Reach out to me to get to the root of the problem and find relief.

The Key To Improving Your Digestive Health

Digestion starts with the food you consume on a regular basis. Our bodies require certain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to function properly. And we get these vital nutrients from whole foods.

When we eat a lot of packaged and processed foods, the digestive system breaks down – leading to poor health. Once this happens, you can expect other health issues to occur. 

But what if eating whole foods can solve all your problems?

The truth is, it totally works for some people.

But what if eating whole foods doesn’t work for you?

How To Improve Your Digestive Health

If healing your gut is important to you, then keep these 6 tips in mind to start living a full life without chronic digestive health issues.

1. Avoid Unnecessary Anti-Inflammatories

The next time you’re feeling a little off, don’t be so quick to consume anti-inflammatory medication. The reason being, they thin the lining of your gut. Instead, there are natural remedies that you can take instead as an anti-inflammatory (i.e. Boswellia Phytosome).

2. Don’t Rely On Antacids

While antacids do usually make things better in the short term, they actually worsen symptoms in the long term. This is because antacids interfere with hydrochloric acid production. Moreover, most indigestion is related to low stomach acid, not high. Understanding what’s causing your acid reflux or pain is key.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a good way to test your acid levels at home. If you have regular indigestion after meals, then simply take a tablespoon of ACV in water about 20 minutes before meals. This can help by improving hydrochloric acid production. After trying this method, if you notice an improvement in indigestion, then you likely have low acid. 

Furthermore, stomach acid naturally decreases with age. So I teach my clients a way to self-test on a yearly basis once they complete a full gut restoration program.

3. Reduce Stress

Stress not only weakens the intestinal lining, but it negatively impacts almost every organ system in the body. Studies have shown over and over how stress causes breakdowns in our system(s).

My clients complain that digestive issues are worse during high-stress times. One of my favorite ways to calm the nervous system and improve bowel movements is by using castor oil packets. This one is my favorite.

4. Don’t Mix Grains And Fruit

If you must eat grain, do not combine it with fruit. Eating these two foods together can cause fermentation. This leads to gas and bloating. 

If you have a weakened gut lining or an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast, then you’re asking for trouble by mixing grains and fruit.Do you need help figuring out which foods are causing you digestive pain and other issues? I can help! I can customize a plan that works for you.

5. Eat The Fresh Fiber On Your Plate First

Raw vegetables require a lot of chewing, which produces digestive enzymes in the mouth. When we eat these, it helps to prepare our bodies to digest heavier foods like meat proteins. 

So the next time you look at your plate, choose fiber-rich foods (i.e. vegetables) first.

6. Invest In The Right Tests

Understandably, many of my clients want to see what their food sensitivities are, along with other advanced health markers. This information allows my clients to get the root of their health issues instead of putting out health fires every time they arise. Not to mention, it’s what I’m known for.

Food sensitivity testing is one of the most simple ways to identify and eliminate foods that may be causing inflammation in your body. I wouldn’t say it’s my first go to test, but a lot of the self-healers out there are always asking me about my favorite food sensitivity test. While I only use food sensitivity testing in specific areas, all tests are not all created equal. However, you can access my favorite food sensitivity test here.

Ready To Heal Your Gut & Finally Improve Your Digestive Health For A More Fulfilling Life?

If you’re struggling with digestive symptoms, then there is definitely a reason. It’s not in your head and there’s always room for improvement.

The next step is up to you.

Here’s the fork in the road.

One path keeps you where you are. 

The other has the potential to give you the freedom in your health in which you’ve been searching. 

Which will you choose?With my help, you can heal your gut. Remind yourself of a life without constant digestive health problems. Let’s get to the root of your symptoms together and get you on a path towards whole body wellness!