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Gut Health 101

What IS Gut Health? How Do I Keep My Gut Healthy? 

The gastrointestinal tract (aka the gut) is composed of trillions upon trillions of live microorganisms commonly referred to as the gut microbiota. The gut microbiota has a very important job of keeping us healthy by fighting off bad bacteria and aiding in digestion.  A healthy, diverse gut microbiota is related to good overall mental and physical health. An imbalance or lack of microbiota diversity has been associated with an array of issues and chronic disease states such as…

  • Asthma
  • Obesity (Yep! Gut microbiota has been shown to have an effect on weight)
  • Mood
  • Neurological diseases (such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease)
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Leaky Gut
  • Inflammation 

What Affects Our Gut Microbiota?

Everyone is different and everyone’s gut microbiota is different, and there are a number of factors...

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5 Ways to Improve Your Kids' Gut Health

5 Way to Improve Your Kids Gut Health

Scroll down to watch one of my live videos from my Mommy Feeding Family group in which any mom can join for free! I shared 5 ways to improve your children's gut health!

I go in depth during the video, but the 5 ways include...

1. Reduce inflammatory foods in your kids diet. Sugars, processed cookies, candy, juice, inflammatory oils, etc.  

2. Get outside and stop sanitizing everything. Bacteria, good and bad, live everywhere, and exposure to all kinds are good for our gut microbiome. There is certainly a time and place for bleach, but every day hand sanitizer is not doing you any good.  

3. If pregnant or hoping to be pregnant, and you have a choice, research shows children born via vaginal vs c-section and children breastfed vs formula fed makes a big difference. I know this isn't always an option, and I'm not trying to cause any mommy guilt, because Lord knows we all get enough of that, simply stating...

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Leaky Gut

Sounds pretty icky, right?! So what is leaky gut syndrome?  Is the gut actually leaking? Leaking what and where? Can it be stopped? 

Leaky gut syndrome has to do with the permeability of the intestines, which act as a barrier between the gut and the bloodstream.  Imagine the intestinal lining as a net.  In a person with a healthy gut, the holes of the net are extremely tiny and only allow certain particles into the bloodstream.  In a person with leaky gut syndrome, the holes of the net are much larger and allow particles to “leak” into bloodstream that do not belong there, such as bad bacteria, toxins, and undigested food.

These undesirable particles in the bloodstream may cause the following symptoms…

      Bloating

      Fatigue, brain fog

      Gas

      Food sensitivities

      Unexplained skin irritations

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