People will obsess about following the “perfect” workout plan and spend endless amounts of time/energy trying to figure out the best diet to follow to develop the most aesthetically pleasing physique possible…
But most neglect something that’s not visible to the naked eye yet is arguably the most important variable in building ones desired physique as well as maintaining good health in general.
“The Gut” aka the gastrointestinal tract.
So how does one know if their gut is healthy or ready to explode like a ticking time bomb?
The gut is a super fascinating organ system that holds the key to a lot of extra fat loss, intense health benefits, increased energy and just wellness in general. Your quality of life can change by somewhat prioritizing your gut health and it’s actually easier than one might think.
75% of the immune system is inside the gut, so if you have poor digestive health, you better believe your general health will suffer as well. This explains why you will experience a sudden come up in natural energy, mood and focus when you eat really healthy, even if just for a short period of time. The opposite is true also, which simply stated is the reason that when you eat like sh*t you feel like sh*t. The issue here is so many people have actually gotten accustomed to being tired all the time and overall just feeling like sh*t. They’ve mentally conditioned themselves into believing that’s their baseline and how it’s always going to be- this is not at all true.
So why is gut health important and why should you care?
Everything you eat and drink passes through this gateway of health and if the process is inefficient & destructive, your body cannot absorb nutrients properly leaving you lacking in energy, unable to recover as fast from workouts & generally just operating & feeling 40-70%, as well as your body, is designed to, depending how unhealthy your lifestyle.
When the gut becomes irritated by food it does *NOT* like, i.e. fast food, soda, refined sugars & heavily processed foods, inflammation sets in killing energy and leaving you in physical discomfort in the form of being gassy, bloated & temporarily looking like your 5 months pregnant! .
“Leaky gut syndrome”, which is a hypothetical, medically unrecognized term and basically just means having poor gut health, is becoming more & more common and blamed for poor health, sickness & obesity – most “health” is said to start in the gut, so making gut health priority will reduce instances of getting sick & drastically lower the risk of disease over the long term.
What should you do to fix that gut?
Your diet is the main consideration. Ensure your diet is abundant in micronutrients, phytonutrients and overall just “clean” in nature so your gut can work as it should. Processed, greasy, fatty foods from take-out windows and kiosks, sodas, junk food and high sugar foods were not meant for your gut as an FYI. Ensure you’re eating at least 3 servings of veggies every day and drinking a lot of water.
Cut out foods that make your stomach feel bad afterward. I mean this isn’t rocket science…The majority of our population walk around eating food every day that makes them feel like sh*t after the fact but think its normal because most of the people around them are doing the same. It’s important to remember, 3/4 of the adult population in the U.S. are categorized as “overweight” or “obese”, so doing what most of the people around you are doing is certainly NOT a winning strategy.
Probiotics and digestive enzymes are a game changer of gut health! The best probiotics come from foods like Greek Yogurt, Organic Sauerkraut & Kimchi, however, there are some quality probiotic supplements available as well like Thorne probiotics, which is what I use personally. Remember, with probiotic supplements, the higher the bacteria count, the better!
If you want better results and overall better health, don’t forget about your gut! Some simple adjustments will produce a significant come up in how you feel, as well as make fat loss a hell of a lot easier.