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Trust Your Gut!

#simplewellness May 25, 2020

Trust your gut. Until now, I had never given the saying much thought. Let alone that it could actually be true! 2020 has been a year, and regardless of where you are in life I am sure you have had moments of stress. When our bodies are stressed it directly correlates with our gut. While this is no laughing matter, it did make me pause and giggle that these phrases I grew up hearing were actually the real deal.  

In today’s post I am diving into gut health. Why? Because the way we feel impacts our life and our business. I will explain what the gut-brain connection is, how to manage it, and some foods that will help you feel better in the process.

What is the gut-brain connection 

Simply put, it is a connection between your head and your stomach. But what does that actually mean? Have you ever felt uncomfortable about something and it made your stomach hurt? Or something just didn’t feel right?

 Chances are you have.  

The gut and the brain work together to prove that the way you think actually affects the way you feel and vice versa. The scary thing is that the stress and anxiety your brain causes can negatively affect your physical health. This is why women with GI tract issues and no obvious cause most likely are affected by the gut-brain connection. 

In order to live a healthy and happy life you need to become aware of the stuff that stresses you out.  As business owners we are going through a lot, physically and emotionally. For most of us this probably has or will come up, and knowledge is the best cure. We can’t control every move our body makes and natural moments of stress will happen so it is important to note the connection and how to alleviate the symptoms.  Understanding that your gut and your brain talk to each other is a good start. 

While being aware is the first step you should also talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Heartburn, abdominal cramping, or loose stool can be a sign that you are having trouble with your gut. 

 

3 ways to manage your anxiety through gut health

Consulting your doctor should be your first priority to make sure there is nothing serious going on. However, if you are like me and feel these symptoms every so often you can find ways to manage the stress and anxiety and give your tummy a break. 

1. Create a healthier diet. 

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Eliminate junk and start filling your body with wholesome nutritious foods today. ( I will go into what foods to start adding to your diet in the next section)

2. Get plenty of exercise. 

Eliminate stress and produce natural levels of serotonin and dopamine. Working out makes your body feel great and promotes healthy levels of happiness hormones. 

3. Make time for self-care. 

Easier said than done. As a business owner with a family, friends, and even another full-time job it can be a lot to manage. Scheduling time to take care of yourself can lower your stress and be a part of the prescription you need for a healthier life.

 

Making good choices for yourself isn’t always easy or really exciting. As you start to manage your gut-health connection it is important to go back to basics. Creating a healthy body and a healthy life is simple but it does take work, there is no magical cure. Slowly begin adding these three prescriptions to your daily dose of health.  Chip away at them daily, results won’t be immediate but they are the building blocks to a long and healthy gut. 

 

Stress Relieving Foods 

Having a healthy diet can increase your chances of having a good gut-brain connection. These are just a few of the foods that can help lower stress levels and boost your immunity. 

Green Leafy Vegetables 

  • Veggies like spinach contain folate, boosting dopamine levels that help keep you calm and happy. 

Oatmeal 

  • Carb lovers! This one's for you. Finding good carbs and satisfying your craving can help your brain produce serotonin. While I don’t suggest sugary complex carbs, foods like oatmeal can help you cut the craving and boost your happiness level. 

 Yogurt 

  • Yogurt has probiotics and while many foods shift your mood this food is a no brainer for your gut. This good bacteria keeps our digestive ecosystem system functioning properly. Grab that yogurt girl! 

Salmon 

  • Stress equals more anxiety hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which help combat the negative effects of our anxiety hormones. 

Blueberries 

  • Hello, antioxidants! Blueberries are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients that help combat stress. Studies show that when you consume blueberries your body has a boost in white blood cells that play a leading role in your immune system. 

 

While you are out there living life and hustling your business keep your gut-brain health in mind. Minimizing stress while you create a life you love will get you to the next level.  You have to be your best self and wholesome foods, exercise and a little self-care can go a long way.  Enjoy the journey.  

PS: Are you looking for ways to bridge the gap between fruits and vegetables? Schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if a personalized plan is right for you.  

 

Peace, Love, Yoga & Red Wine, 

 

Ashly 

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