If you haven't read part 1 of the gut blog, make sure to do so.
We left off with the importance of our gut microbiome and some of the symptoms we experience when our gut microbiome is off.
A little case study. As I sit here writing this I am currently in the process of fixing my gut.
I have always been a pretty healthy guy always training, eating healthy 80% of the time, but with that I certainly have exposed myself to toxins over the year mainly being from sports supplements etc. yes these can have benefits but can also have negatives with the additives etc. in them.
I have no doubt these over many years along with stressful periods have left me where I am now, having a leaky gut wall which has in turn caused me to be experiencing a lot of the symptoms suffered with un healthy gut bacteria balance. over the last 2 years I have noticed a downward spiral with my gut and certainly of more recent times the last 6 months or so it has declined more.
Having the added stressors of opening a new gym from scratch in the midst of Covid 19 pandemic has tested me big time and while still trying to train and do my regular routine on top of this, my gut has finally said no more. 2 months ago I started to get really bad anxiety, depression, at time struggled to breath to the point I went to hospital twice as thought more serious events were happening.
Turns out after some recent lab results for my cortisol and gut, is that I have very high cortisol levels but that most probably being due to my gut labs showing I have over 5 different parasites in me WHAT THA...
This explained everything I have been experiencing!!
Apparently these parasites being very common ones, but most probably have bee inside me for years making themselves at home to finally now literally overtaking my microbiome.
Since I am taking some natural herbs along with a does of antibiotics to rid what's in me before starting my approach to healing my gut and getting it balanced again.
So with if you are experiencing symptoms as outlined start with seeing a naturopath or doctor and requesting a stool test.
It's important that we have enough good bacteria so supplementing with a probiotic is a good start. Look for one that has over 50 billion per serve with more strains the better in particular lactobacillus and bifibacterium strains.
Supplement with a gut relief product to help with your gut lining. I use nutrition care gut relief. Look for ingredients such as: Curcumin, Slippery elm, glucosamine, glutamine, quercetin.
Supplement with digestive enzymes to aid in adequate digestion of foods.
Eat a low fodmap diet and implement foods from there.
Add in fermented foods like yoghurt, sauerkraut etc.
These are just some simple things you can implement today which can assist you in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome.
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