This week on Mamavation TV, we discussed the gut. If you’re suffering from gas, bloating, and other not-so-pleasurable issues in your digestive tract, chances are that the problem starts in your gut. Dr. Jean Layton was our guest, and she gave quite a bit of insight as to why and how our gut is so important to our overall health and shared some tips on how to heal your gut.
Dr. Jean stressed that our digestive tract, or gut, is actually like a second brain. If there is a problem with our health, consider what may be affecting your life. Are you dealing with stress? Stress can create many problems in your digestive tract. She suggests that you look broadly and handle those issues.
If you still are having major problems, it’s time to figure out why.
Symptoms of Poor Gut Health
Dr. Jean explained that our gut is actually part of the external side of our body. It is a tube that leads from our mouth to our anus. The digestive system should have its own bacteria, and when it goes elsewhere we are dealing with a “leaky gut”. This means that the bacteria have moved from the digestive tract into the vascular system and other organs. If you’re having a reaction, you may experience:
- canker sores
- cold sores
- difficulty eating
How to Heal Your Gut
First, we must remember that there will be times when we can’t do everything perfectly. Every little step is going to lead to a better situation. Dr. Jean provided these suggestions:
- Start with your water. Choose purified water that doesn’t include chemicals harmful to your digestive tract (like chlorine). You can be more economical with the purifier you choose or you can go for a full house reverse osmosis system. Home improvement stores even include shower filters that can help you remove the toxins from your bathing water.
- Eat food as close to its original form as possible. Choose to eat steamed or grated carrots, and whole brown rice rather than white rice.
- Avoid processed and packaged foods. When you read the label, if you don’t know what an ingredient is (or how to pronounce it), avoid it!
- Take time to concentrate on the actual act of eating. This is the time to enjoy your food. Dr. Jean says you’ll find that you’ll understand how your body reacts to particular foods better if you’re really paying attention. You can eat much slower and chew your food more in order to start the digestive enzymes in your mouth. We need to allow those enzymes to work to help break down the food before we swallow.
- Remember your basic digestive health and listen to your body. If you need to eliminate, go.
Dr. Jean emphasized the importance of taking care of our gut — our second brain — in order to correct many of the issues we might be having. If you’re stressed, you could be causing more damage to your body. You may be surprised, but she prescribes journaling, dancing, or drawing every day to help yourself decompress and heal your gut if you’re stressed.