Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was unheard of only a few short years ago. Today, it is used as a general diagnosis for symptoms that affect the large intestine and cause digestive discomfort. Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea, and constipation are all common symptoms of IBS, but it is important to remember that gut health can be controlled, changed, and improved with the right guidance and effort.
It All Begins in the Gut
Many people don’t realize that a full 80 percent of the body’s immune system is located in the gut. This means that anything that compromises the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract can actually have an enormous impact on your overall health and wellbeing. If you suffer from headaches, asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, migraines, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia, or rheumatoid arthritis, it is possible that improving your gut health will actually minimize or even eliminate your health problems! The most powerful weapon you have to heal your gut is very simple: your diet.
How to Show Your Gut Some Love
There are a number of simple steps that you can take to help your gut heal and function at its optimal level. They all revolve around supporting the balance of “good” bacteria that are responsible for digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and killing bad bacteria.
First, limit the amount of sugar and processed foods that you eat. The more refined sugar that you put into your body, the more power that bad bacteria can gain. When bad bacteria becomes too powerful, it has a negative impact on the gut microbiome and triggers negative health consequences throughout the body. Replace processed foods with more plants and dietary fiber sources.
In addition, add a prebiotic and probiotic supplement into your regular routine. Prebiotics encourage probiotics to grow and multiply in your gut, which is important since probiotics support the healthy bacteria that help the gut thrive. Probiotic-rich food choices like kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, natural yogurt, and apple cider vinegar can also help!
Liberate Yourself From IBS
It is possible that implementing these simple changes will help you minimize and eliminate your IBS symptoms and finally regain control over your gut health. For more help on your journey to enhanced wellness, call (941) 584-8487 to start working with Bonni London at London Wellness in Sarasota, Florida. Bonni is a Registered Dietician Nutritionist who seeks to empower individuals to utilize nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes to dramatically impact and improve their quality of life.