Gut health seems to be the buzz word of the health scene right now, and for good reason. Having a healthy gut has been proven to have a profound impact on one’s overall health and vitality.
Your gut is in direct contact with your external world and controls almost everything about you. Your gut is responsible for:
- the foods you crave
- the quality of your sleep
- weight management
- your immunity
- your hormones
- what’s happening with your skin
- and how you feel
So, it’s pretty important, huh?
One of the most important factors in taking care of our bodies is to eat a diet that supports our good bacteria. There is growing evidence that following a plant-based diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, may lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes by around 20 to 25 percent! (ncbi) There is also more research that has indicated it might be beneficial for your gut and entire body.
This is why following a plant-based diet goes beyond just saving the world’s ecosystem, but your own internal ecosystem as well. Our bodies are much more than a system of organs and blood vessels, we actually carry more bacteria cells in our body than human cells- 90% to be exact! And our overall well-being is determined by ensuring that we keep our bacteria happy and balanced.
Living an unhealthy lifestyle can contribute to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, which can offset any of the above responsibilities of the gut. Don’t start panicking just yet! There are some easy things you can do to support your microbiome to prevent these illnesses and diseases.
Many of us associate digestive issues as the only determinant for having a gut dysbiosis (aka imbalance), but really it can show up in a plethora of ways such as acne, rosacea, eczema, skin issues, hormone imbalances, autoimmunities, increases in food intolerances, and much more. I dive deeper into that in an article on my blog here. Click Here
What we’re learning now is that the power of our health is in our hands and if we want to live a healthy and happy life, we have to start by focusing on what we put into our bodies.
Studies have found that in Thailand both men and women have shown an insufficient intake of fiber and most micronutrients (ncbi). This goes to show that most of us could benefit from adding a little more fibrous and colorful plants to our diets!
What is a plant-based diet?
A plant-based diet is one that is rich in fiber and loaded with whole-foods such as fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds. All things that support a healthy microbiome! Getting a healthy amount of fiber is important, but getting a wide variety is critical for optimal gut health.
This is why eating a plant-based diet is imperative to your overall health and vitality.
Why A Plant-Based Diet Helps Balance the Gut:
- Rich in Fiber
- There are plenty of reasons why fiber is good for our microbiome. The first being that it keeps you regular and helps to keep your digestion running smoothly by ensuring that your body is eliminating excess waste. Second is that it feeds the good bacteria to ensure that they have the fuel they need to do their job properly. You may notice when you up your fiber intake that your stomach starts to get a little bubbly, this is a sign that your bacteria are being fed! Dark leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables are some of the easiest to digest forms of fiber. Some other good sources of fiber are nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes.
- Reduces Inflammation
- A diet that is rich in plants is also rich in color and variety. Fruits and vegetables are some of the easiest foods to consume and for the body to digest, which helps to alkalize and balance the body allowing it to absorb and use the nutrients and reduce any symptoms of inflammation in the body.
- You are what you eat
- Our bodies are made up of 90% bacteria and what we eat and how we live influences those bacteria. The meat industry is laden with antibiotics, meaning our bodies then digest and take in those antibiotics as well. Having a diet that’s made up of safe, nutrient-dense foods with a variety of colors ensures that your bacteria are well fed and keeps your body in balance.
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Laura is trained in holistic nutrition and specializes in gut health, specifically in the gut-brain connection and is a mental health advocate. After battling her way through depression, disordered eating, and hormonal imbalances that left her with crippling digestive issues, Laura healed herself through food, lifestyle, radical shifts in consciousness, and mindfulness practices + tools. She now guides others through their own healing journey with 8-week programs and one-on-one sessions done online from anywhere in the world. Currently she is running her 30-Day Gut recharge with her clients to enhance their lifestyle.
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