We talk about brain health, heart health, keeping our muscles strong. But, we don’t talk about gut health. Much. I mean, some of us do. But, most people don’t.
Yeah, I get it it. Talking about gut health and digestive issues isn’t really “fun”. You especially don’t want to talk to your doctor about it because they’re going to want to do things that involve hospital gowns and anesthesia. Not what most people consider having “fun”.
We’ve got to start talking about gut health in the open. It’s not a secret. Everyone’s got a gut. And, most of us have times when our gut isn’t happy.
Why is talking about gut health so important?
Because, if our guts aren’t happy and healthy, then we don’t get the benefit of all the food that we eat. Think about it a minute. How much do you spend on food each week? Meals. Snack. Grocery store. Dining out. All of it.
What if most of that money is ending up, literally, in the toilet. If your gut isn’t healthy, your body can’t get the nutrition it needs from the food you eat. You may not be able to get the benefit of the carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from your food if your gut isn’t healthy. And, it ends up . . . in the toilet.
Your gut, or digestive tract, is between about 26 and 30 feet long – your mileage may vary depending on how small or large you are. A lot of things can go wrong in that much space. And, if something is going wrong, then it impacts how well you digest – or breakdown – and absorb the nutrients from the food you’re eating.
I’m re-launching my blog focusing on helping you have the guts to be healthy. I’ll address other nutrition and health topics, too. The main focus, however, will be on the gut.
Next week will be the first part of a two part series on the parts and functions of your digestive tract. Then, I’ll get into how to know if something is wrong, what some of the things are that can go wrong, ways to fix it if something is wrong, as well as how to keep your gut healthy.
If you have an unhappy gut, one of the best ways to get a happy gut is to track your food and symptoms. I’ve created a Symptom Log for Digestive Wellness based on my years with IBS and working with clients with digestive issues. I also created a series of videos to go along with the log to help you learn how to use it, figure out what may be triggering your symptoms, and other resources to get a happy and healthy gut. If you want the Symptom Log and other goodies, you can sign up to get it here.