Your gut microbiome is made up of an intricate balance of many types of bacteria in your intestinal tract. You are born with your microbiome already forming. Studies show that your parents, the birth environment, and breast feeding or bottle feeding all effect your gut bacteria. Humans have roughly 300-1000 different species of bacteria in our intestines.
The foods you eat, the medications you take and your lifestyle all have an influence on the species of bacteria that are allowed to thrive in your gut. Sometimes, bacteria that are less helpful to our bodies, overpopulate and outnumber the beneficial bacteria when our bodies are out of balance. This can cause illness because the beneficial bacteria help us break down food and absorb nutrients.
Are My Gut Bacteria Out Of Balance?
Do you experience any of these symptoms?
- Any digestive problems, (gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn)
- Autoimmune conditions
- Food sensitivities
- Recurring infections (strep, UTI, sinus, bronchitis, flu)
- Use of antibiotics
Chances are, if you experience any of the above symptoms, you may have an imbalance in your gut bacteria.
What Can You Do To Restore Your Gut Microbiome To A Healthy Balance?
- Eat whole, real foods (vegetables, fruits and lean meats)
- Remove processed foods from your diet.
- Eat a diet low in inflammatory foods(nightshades, dairy, gluten, grains, etc.)
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep at night. (See my Free Sleep Better Naturally Challenge if sleep is a problem for you)
- Reduce stress (meditate, exercise, spend time in nature, diffuse essential oils, spend time with friends, etc.)
- Drink enough water. You should be drinking about the amount in ounces of your body weight divided by 2. (So 150 ÷ 2 = 75 ounces daily)
- Take a high quality probiotic. (This is the one I use. It has a prebiotic and probiotic. Plus, it is double encapsulated to make it past your stomach acid and straight to your intestines.)
- Eat healing foods, like kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and bone broth. (Some people are not able to do the fermented foods if they have a histamine intolerance.)
It can take 2-12 weeks to heal your gut, unless you have been diagnosed with a disease and then you can expect it to take up to 2 years. It can take 6 months just for the inflammation to subside. I think of it as a lifestyle change, because if you go back to your old ways, your gut bacteria will just get out of balance again.
If all of these steps seem overwhelming and just make you feel tired, check out my new program, Immunity Reboot. We go through these steps over a 10 week period and I hold your hand and guide you the whole way. Not sure if my program is right for you? I would love to chat with you and discuss your personal health to see if this program is a fit. Go here to schedule a complimentary 30 minute call.