Stress management is essential to feeling your best. There are many lifestyle factors that can increase your stress level: poor diet, over exercising, not getting enough sleep, not getting enough of what makes you happy in your day to day life.
What is stress?
Stress refers to anything that is a real or perceived threat to someone. Stress prompts the body to respond internally. Some people only experience occasional stress. However, others experience chronic stress, and chronic stress is damaging to one’s health.
One area that is extremely vulnerable to being affected by stress is the gut. Gut health is integral to overall health and it directly affects our neurotransmitters and mood. That is why so often when you feel anxious, you feel it in your stomach, either through butterflies or an upset stomach.
Stress inflames the gut. It can disrupt the gut physically, creating bloating, stomach pains, cramps, indigestion, trouble going to the bathroom. It also disrupts the gut’s microbiota and can create bacterial overgrowth. Exposure to stress over a long period of time may lead to develop gastrointestinal diseases such as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease), IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), food allergies, leaky gut, and GERD.
Did you know the gut contributes both to skin and mental health?
If you have had acne breakouts lately, or have felt abnormally anxious, this could be because of poor gut health. Endotoxins from gut microbes move towards the skin, and can become acne, rosacea, and eczema.
Ways to Support a healthy gut
Support your gut with probiotics to add those healthy good bacteria back into the gut to rebalance bacteria. Probiotics are live bacteria and are very good for the digestive system. If you have taken antibiotics recently, then probiotics should be added because antibiotics tend to kill off both good and bad bacteria. Adding those good bacteria back into the gut can do wonders for your gut health.
Supporting gut health by adding back in good bacteria through probiotics can:
- Reduce skin problems
- Improve mood
- Reduce oxidative stress
- Support your body in better managing stress
- Reduce gut inflammation
- Improve depression
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce irritability
Methylation has a role in many important body processes such as reducing stress and supporting a healthy gut. Methylation supports energy production, healthy digestion, detoxification of heavy metals, nutrient absorption, and detoxification of toxins. Therefore, improving methylation is needed for fixing and maintaning a healthy gut. B Vitamins, Methylfolate and MethylB12 are essential to improving methylation. Imptoving methylation is one way to reduce toxins and bad bacteria within the gut, which is necessary for optimal gut health and ridding the body of digestive issues. Click here for more information on methylation and how to improve it.
Chronic inflammation acts out in many ways, and one of which is negatively affecting gut health. Reducing inflammation not only relieves stress but it makes you healthier. Chronic inflammation can lead to chronic diseases and other long-lasting conditions. A few suggestions for reducing inflammation: eat anti-inflammatory foods, reduce stress, reduce exposure to environmental toxins, stay hydrated, detoxify, and add Vitamin D into your diet/supplements. Click here for a quality Vitamin D supplementation.
Support the gut with Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes are very beneficial for your digestive health. They work to support healthy bile production and contain digestive and antioxidant enzymes which help the body metabolize toxins. They also work to support the Pancreas and reduce inflammation throughout the digestive tract. Healthy digestion supports nutrient absorption, which is one of the reasons it’s essential to get your digestive health on track. Click here for Digestive Enzyme support.
There are many ways to reduce stress, so combine strategies and find what works best for you. A few suggestions for ways to reduce stress: meditate, deep breathing, spending time outside in nature, yoga, Tai Chi, taking a warm bath, getting a massage. BiomeIQ’s Mood Plus supports relaxation, and a healthy mood. Find more information on Mood Plus here.
Benefits of reducing stress:
- Heals the gut
- Weight loss
- Improves mental health
- Supports optimal health and longevity
- Helps balance thyroid
- Reduces fatigue
- Improves immune function
- Supports better sleep.
Creating a healthy gut environment improves nutrient absorption. Detoxing helps the body eliminate built up toxins, reduce inflammation, and can add in beneficial nutrients and enzymes to build better gut health. Built up toxins create inflammation within the body and make it harder for our body to absorb nutrients. One way to detoxify is through a liver detox. A liver detox will stimulate the liver and help it to eliminate toxins. Improving methylation can also help support detoxification. Click here for a phase 1 and phase 2 liver detox.
Address Food Sensitivities
Food sensitivities trigger reactions in the body, and can cause great discomfort. Gut problems are one of the most common symptoms of food sensitivities. Many individuals feel nauseous, bloated, cramps, constipation, diarrhea, or stomach aches. This can occur because of inflammation from the problem-foods or as a symptom of leaky gut. The best way to figure out your food sensitivities is through an IgG Food Sensitivity Test. Another option is an elimination diet, this is when common inflammatory foods are removed from the diet to see if symptoms lessen. The problem with elimination diets: only certain foods are removed and finding the right combination of food sensitivities takes time. IgG Food Sensitivity Tests give a comprehensive analysis of many different foods to give you a clear result of all the foods causing you symptoms. Click here to test for 184 foods.
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