Are you so tired that you can barely get off the couch? Constantly bloated? Having a hard time losing that stubborn belly fat? Always feeling drained and sick? Does this sound familiar?
These are common symptoms of an unhealthy gut. This happens when there are too much bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria.
When your gut is loaded with bad bacteria, you will experience these symptoms quite frequently.
And even though they’re not that life-threatening on the surface, they can seriously get in the way of your everyday life.
That’s why, adding more of the good bacteria to your system is extremely important to the proper functioning of your entire body. With a healthy and more balanced gut you will have more energy than you know what to do with!
You’re going to be super productive, feel great, and those extra pounds will finally start to fall off.
So I will be sharing with you 5 common foods to avoid if you want to keep those bad bacteria levels low.
Take a short 3 minutes to read this article because a healthy gut is something your overall health is depending on!
There are plenty of conflicting articles discussing whether soy is helpful or harmful to your body.
It may be healthy in a few ways, but definitely not for your gut. Why?
Soy is heavily linked to digestive problems, decreased sex drive, and infertility.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty tough to avoid. Soy is used as an ingredient in a lot more foods that you probably think.
Which is why it’s important you check labels carefully and try to stay away from these foods.
Here are some everyday foods that you may not know contain soy…
Do you eat these regularly? Then you know now how much damage they are wreaking on your gut.
Now that you know what common foods contain this ingredient, you may be surprised to learn that there’s another even more common everyday substance that will devastate your gut flora…and over 70% of people consume this every single day.
And that is…
Not technically a food, but it is going through your digestive system.
They say to lose weight you have to drink tons of water, right? Well, yes. Not just any type of water though.
In fact, this is ONE source of water that you should avoid. Drinking this water will ruin your immune system causing you to fall sick more often, cause horrible mood swings, and cause you to gain unwanted weight.
Yes, the chemicals in your tap water can do that.
In fact, you should avoid tap water because it contains something your gut despises…CHLORINE!
Didn’t your mom always tell you not to drink the pool water? It will make you sick! Even worse, it literally destroys your gut flora which leaves your body vulnerable to being attacked by bad bacteria and viruses over and over again…making you fall sick not just once, but over and over again.
Gut flora is simply the place where microorganisms meet in your digestive tract. It’s also the barrier to pathogenic organisms, keeping out the “bad guys” that can cause disease in your body.
Gut flora helps our body absorb certain nutrients your body needs as well.
If you’re not getting the nutrients you need, plus you let disease-causing pathogens to go through your intestines…
It will be extremely difficult, and nearly impossible to lose weight.
Can you see why YOU NEED YOUR GUT FLORA! You need it happy, healthy, and thriving. And unfortunately, tap water can cause problems with that.
So what alternatives are there to tap water?
You can purchase a filter to put over your faucet. There are also water filters you can put tap water in and place in your fridge.
They are both simple and affordable solutions.
Now, not only does water contain these awful substances for your body, there is a type of food most people eat multiple times a day. Specifically, 315 million tons of this is consumed globally every year…
“Eat more protein to lose weight.” Another thing you hear quite often from weight loss “experts”.
However, research has shown that animal based diets causes inflammation and encourages bad bacteria growth in your gut, which again, leads to weight gain.
Red meat is also a danger to our health. They contain the compound carnitine which enters our bodies and becomes trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). TMAO has been linked to heart attacks.
It also gives more life to the bad bacteria in your gut.
With that said, do you have to cut meat entirely from your diet?
You should moderate the amount of meat proteins you eat per week, and balance it with more vegetables.
Maybe even have one day a week where you switch the plant proteins instead and let your body ‘reset’.
Trust me, when you do that, you’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated from head to toe. All it takes is just one day a week of gut resetting, and you’re good to go.
Next, another item you might want to eat less of and limit to let your body reset is…
Sugar / Artificial Sweeteners
You may have heard that sugar is harmful to your health and a leading cause of obesity around the world…
Yet, I know how tough it is to fight the urge to jump on that freshly baked cake sitting in the office break room at work, tempting you with its chocolatey goodness.
But…there’s something I have to share with you that might just make you think twice the next time you want to stuff your face with that dessert.
See, sugar doesn’t just make you fat. Sugar is a substance bad bacteria thrives on. Not to mention studies have also shown that sugar is linked to numerous other negative health effects. Some of which include depression in adults, bacteria that causes painful cavities, and those dreadful wrinkles you are trying so hard to get rid of!
So what’s the alternative? Artificial sweeteners? Heck no!
Artificial sweeteners may be labeled as zero calories, but lead to obesity just like sugar does!
So then how do you satisfy your sweet tooth and still avoid all these issues?
Local honey and organic stevia are delicious natural sweeteners that your taste buds will love! And they aren’t going to harm your body. Plus, they have other nutritional benefits for your health, heart, and brain that sugar doesn’t offer.
Lastly, most of those sugar filled items from the bakery also include the next ingredient you should avoid because it can ruin your gut health…
You have probably heard many different things about gluten. Some people are saying it’s awful for you and others are saying it’s completely fine.
But here’s the thing. Before we go into whether you should or shouldn’t eat gluten, let’s look at what it is.
Gluten is a combination of two proteins called glutenins and gliadins. When people who have a gluten sensitivity digest gluten, the gut attacks it thinking it’s a harmful substance. Because of this, people suffer from diarrhea, constipation, and bloating.
Over 80% of people are believed to have a gluten intolerance because they experience uncomfortable bloating, excruciating stomach pain, and fatigue. Do you ever feel like this? Then you may have a gluten allergy!
Whether you are gluten intolerant or not, it’s important to limit gluten intake just like all the items I listed above for a healthier gut.
Now that you know what 5 foods you should avoid are, chances are you’ve eaten one or more of them in the last week or so…
Just because you eat these items, your gut is not doomed forever! There are ways to fix your gut!
How to Fix and Improve Your Gut Health
The goal of this article isn’t to get you upset about what you’re eating. It’s to bring awareness to foods that could slowly be destroying your health and help you take actionable steps to stopping this harmful cycle!
Here are some healthy food suggestions on how to keep your gut flora happy and healthy.
Liven up your meals with these foods to support your healthy gut bacteria!
Adding these healthy foods can get your gut health back on track. Simply limit the 5 gut-ruining foods and add more of these foods that will heal your gut and make you feel fantastic again!
But if you want to heal your gut from all the damage, you will need probiotics to restore your gut flora.