Many people have contacted me, asking the question, “what do I need to eat?,”where do I start?” Many people want to become healthier, but with all the information floating around out there, not only do they not know where to begin, they flat out just give up and keep doing what they are accustomed to. I remember, over 11 years ago feeling the same way when I was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer. Not just about the food, also supplementation, it seemed as if every time I turned my head, people were saying you must take this or that. It was so frustrating. However, I have learned to keep things simple and basic. While i was coming up with things to write about, I came across an email from Kris Carr of CRAZYSEXYCANCER.COM which explains exactly what I was wanting to share. so, instead of coming up with my own words, here is what Kris had to say in response to “where do I start?”
Over the years, I’ve been asked a lot of questions by wonderful readers like you—at book signings and speaking events, in my inbox and at the blog. And out of the thousands of questions that have come in, there are a few that stand out. One of the most common ones usually goes like this: “I want to be healthier… where do I start?”
My answer: If you want better immunity, efficient digestion and improved clarity, focus on rebuilding your gut health!
We’ve all heard the saying, “listen to your gut.” And while that advice often refers to our intuition, it should also speak to our digestion. Your gut guides your overall well-being. Quite literally, your gut is the epicenter of your mental and physical health. Yet it’s all too common to experience lots of digestive issues that make a huge impact on our strength and vitality.
I know it may seem like there’s always something we could be doing better. And frankly, our quest for getting well can be downright exhausting! Sometimes our health issues can feel so big and daunting. This is especially true when it comes to serious chronic diseases. I remember getting frustrated many times. I thought to myself, for gosh sake, I’m doing everything I can to heal this disease and though I’m grateful it’s still stable, why won’t the sucker just go away? I give up! Then I decided to take it down a notch and focus on healing areas of my life and my body that I actually could control. My digestion had always been really weak. I got colds every year and had a list of health problems stemming from my gut.
That’s when the light bulb went off. I decided to forget about cancer and focus my energy on my digestive health instead. Finally, improvements I could see, feel and measure!
By supporting this mighty system, you’ll see chronic health issues (like fatigue, fogginess, colds, aches and pains) diminish, and you’ll feel abundant energy return. I know it sounds too good to be true, but it really isn’t. I’ve experienced these results, and I’ve seen hundreds of readers do the same. Now it’s your turn.
Here are my top seven ways to improve your gut health:
1. Take a probiotic supplement. A daily probiotic supplement will help boost the good bacteria in your gut, keeping the bad guys under control, boosting your immune system and easing digestive issues.
2. Eat probiotic whole foods. You can also eat whole foods that are fermented and contain large amounts of good bacteria. Sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, microalgae and coconut kefir are fantastic plant-based probiotic-rich foods.
3. Eat prebiotic whole foods. Certain foods feed and support the growth of good bacteria. By eating more whole, plant-based, fiber-filled foods, you’re fueling the bacteria that support your health. Raw onions, garlic, dandelion greens, artichokes and bananas are some of the best prebiotic foods to add to your diet.
4. Eat regularly, but not constantly (and don’t eat late at night). To give your gut a chance to clean up and clear out bacteria and waste, it needs a rest from digestion.
5. Stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb for staying hydrated is drinking half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day.
6. Lessen refined sugar and processed foods. When you consume processed, sugar-laden, refined foods, you’re giving bad bacteria an all-you-can-eat buffet, which increases the likelihood of all the aforementioned bull crap that weighs you down and dims your shine.
7. Lessen stress. Take care of your gut health by coping with stress through breathwork, yoga, meditation, therapy, time in the outdoors and the countless other stress reduction techniques available to you.
Wanna learn even more about implementing these tips? Or want to better understand how your gut works? Keep reading at the blog…
Peace & healthy digestion,