As Hippocrates said, ‘All Disease begins in the Gut’.
Our gut really is the epicentre of our health and we truly need to nurture it to reap the optimal health benefits. As well as diet, there are a few other not so obvious things we can be doing to improve our gut health. Here are my top 5 tips to maintain a healthy gut, mind and body:
|Author: Fiona Dennis is a functional nutrition student studying with the Functional Nutrition Academy, working her way towards becoming a health coach to support and guide others in their journey to understanding and implementing good gut health practices. Fiona has spent the last two years, researching, learning and implementing processes to support and heal her own gut and autoimmune health, and is passionate about taking her experience and sharing her knowledge with others struggling put together the pieces of their health puzzle.|
So, there you have it, 5 tips to improve your gut health naturally. Making all or any of these changes might just be the key to achieving better gastrointestinal and overall health.
Lastly, knowing what is going on inside your gut can also be pivotal in achieving optimal health. If implemented diet or lifestyle changes aren’t helping you kick those health goals, then it might be time to dive deeper and take steps to have an analysis done of your microbiome to identify if there are any unwelcome pathogens or overgrowths taking up residence.
Many of us suffer with bloating or ‘funny tummies’ and just live with it. Although these complaints may be common, they’re definitely not normal. Don’t guess what might be going on when you can get a simple test from your doctor to help resolve any issues. Remember, if we have an imbalance in our gut, then we will have imbalances in our health.
Prior to modern electrical sources of light, people used to divide their sleep time into two segments, separated by several hours of night-walking. This sleep pattern is called segmented sleep.
The space between first and second sleep is a quiet-wakefulness, a meditative silent space for prayer, reflecting on dreams and creative activities. With new information available, waking up in the middle of the night is considered to be completely normal.
Exogenous ketone supplementation, precisely in the form of ketone esters, can enhance performance and possibly reduce anxiety-like state. Combining ketone esters with ketone-salts or MCTs may also enhance motor performance. The addition of keto esters to a ketogenic diet may also provide benefit in reducing the long-term elevations in lipid and cholesterol that can arise from a persistent ketogenic diet alone.
Nowadays, the idea of ketone ester diet has already been utilised by nutritional companies like Ketone Aid, which received positive feedback from athletes claiming a boost to their typical performance compared to training without the ketone ester supplementation.
Glucose or Ketones? Carbs or fats? Carbohydrates have been a staple part of meals for centuries, but there is evidence that ketones produce more energy per mole of substrate than glucose, while optimising body composition, cognition and sports performance.
Following a ketogenic diet allows our body to tap into fat stores to produce energy during extended periods of low glucose availability. Burning ketones instead of glucose preserves carbohydrates in muscle. Therefore transitioning the body’s energy dependence from glucose to ketones could be beneficial in the long run, both mentally, and physically.