What is your “GUT” telling you?
Inside we are inherently the same. Our desire to become leaner, stronger, faster, build muscle, look a certain way, prepare for a life changing event. We desire to OPTIMIZE our body.
The first component (in my humble opinion) of healing, optimizing and allowing greater health is to check in with your gut. What is your gut literally telling you?
We are not what we eat, we are what we ABSORB. If you are spending time and money on organic, grass fed, golden little pieces of meats and veggies….that’s awesome! If your gut and digestive system is not whole, healthy, and complete you are literally pooping out dollar bills.
Gut health: Your gut is the source of inflammation. Get your gut healed and the rest will follow. This should be the focus, first and foremost for the ability to absorb and utilize all the nutrients (macro & micro) you are feeding your body and brain.
Signs of a healthy gut:
-Ability to recover and heal
-Well balanced cortisol (Called the “stress hormone”. Understanding how you respond to “good” stress
and “bad” stress will help you achieve balance)
-Energy levels high
-Healthy eliminations (Yes, peek at your poop)
-Clear skin/bright eyes
This sounds like a lot. It is. We are going to break it down into smaller, digestible little pieces.
SLEEP is key
Lowering your cortisol (stress hormone) is your first line of defense. Making sure you get adequate sleep to ALLOW your body to mend, heal, rest, and recover.
Exogenous ways to relax and lower cortisol:
-Turn off those screens (Telephone, TV, Computers, Video Games SHUT IT DOWN)
-Journal (Create a morning & evening ritual)
-Epsom salt baths
-Restorative Yoga (No sculpt, not hot, RESTORATIVE)
-Create connections and community (Art/language courses, Volunteer, Meetups, Shows)
-Simply GO TO BED (Set an alarm TO GO to bed)
Getting in the right nutrients for you. Supplementation.
We are hard chargers. Once our gut is in check it is impossible to reinoculate and feed our digestive system ONLY through whole foods. I highly encourage a daily protocol based on YOUR current goals and reevaluating as they change. Don’t get overwhelmed by this list. Choose what is right for you. Consider what you have time for, what you can afford and what is the most practical. I have a few NON NEGOTIABLES that work for me. We can work together to figure out what EXACTLY works for YOU.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. It’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together. It gives our skin strength and elasticity, and helps replace dead skin cells.
Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues of the body. It is significant in making certain parts of the body such as nails strong and is also an important factor in joint health.
The source and quality is just as important.
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There are so many strains of magnesium out there. Choose the one (or 2) that are right for you. Magnesium is the delivery system for so many other nutrients and minerals that your body requires. Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
I’m not talking kombucha here. Fermented foods like Kim Chi and Sauerkraut are great. My digestive system doesn’t work well with those. A good pre and probiotic is key! A daily dose of apple cider vinegar (ACV) with lemon (add a little cayenne if you’re feeling saucy) first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is a great way to get the juices flowing.
Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are food for probiotics. … It has good bacteria like lactobacillus or bifidobacteria
L-glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the bloodstream
Common uses of glutamine powder: weight loss, burn fat and build muscle. Science shows it is especially helpful in treating leaky gut and improving your overall health.
Great information can be found here:
Branched-chain amino acids are essential nutrients that the body obtains from proteins found in food, especially meat, dairy products, and legumes. They include leucine, isoleucine, and valine. “Branched-chain” refers to the chemical structure of these amino acids. People use branched-chain amino acids for medicine.
ADHD, Anxiety, Inflammation and muscle recovery are just a few benefits.
Colostrum is used to boost the immune system. It repairs the lining of your gut, assist in repairing the nervous system, heals injuries, improves your overall sense of well-being, slows and may reverse aging and is an agent for killing bacteria and fungus.
Selenium fight inflammation, increases blood flow and has been shown to reduce free radical oxidative stress. Benefiting heart health!
-AIP Protocol (Autoimmune)
This protocol cuts out foods that may cause inflammation. AIP focuses on and encouraging gut healing, NUTRIENT DENSE foods that are anti-inflammatory and rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
Dr. Axe says “The autoimmune protocol diet, or AIP diet, focuses on healing the gut by eliminating foods that cause inflammation to reduce symptoms in those with an autoimmune disease.”
Say what? That’s right peeps. Look at your schedule, your to do list, your training, your regimented structure and DO LESS. STOP and BREATHE! Take something OFF your list of to-do’s and do NOTHING. This right here could be the hardest thing. For me, it is my greatest obstacle (I teach what I need to learn).
Habits and behaviors turn into RITUALS and ROUTINES. These no longer take any effort or thought. Once you have new rituals with HEALTHY habits and behavior, you can use that brain power for everything else in your life. CREATE SPACE in your mind.
Create a circle of accountability. Journal. Make your friends keep you accountable to your word! Hire a coach. Create S.M.A.R.T Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely).
This is a ton of information. You may already do a few things on this list. Is it working for you? Be open to change. What worked 5 years ago or even yesterday may not be what your body, mind and soul need TODAY.
We are ever changing biological beings. Be a nutrient seeker in all parts of life. We cannot go from 0 to 100. Give yourself some grace. Be patient. And, do the F*ing work!
Hit me up if you need more resources, ideas, have questions and need to stay accountable! Stay tuned as we dive deeper into each of these subjects.