Did you know that bacteria can actually be good for you? That’s right! Take a look at your gut - it’s one of the most complex systems in the human body. The gut microbiome is the home base for your digestive tract and is absolutely packed with bacteria, both good and bad.
You may be thinking, “what’s the difference?” Well, your good gut bacteria aids in healthy digestion as well as destroys harmful bacteria and other microorganisms. On the flip side, an overload of bad gut bacteria can lead to anything from weight gain to even cancer. Our Founder, Bobbi realized this first-hand when, about 10 years ago, her sister lost her battle with cancer, her father was in the throes of heart disease and advancing dementia, and she was struggling with severe, chronic fatigue. These were the wake-up calls that finally had Bobbi take a look outside of traditional western medicine and begin her journey of understanding nutrition (read more about Bobbi here). The most important place for her to look? Her microbiome!
Want to get your gut health in check, too? Read below for the most common signs of an unhealthy microbiome and what you can do to heal it:
Signs of an Unhealthy Gut:
- Frequently upset stomach
- Diet issues such as a high-sugar diet or food intolerances
- Autoimmune and skin conditions
- You’re constantly fatigued or not sleeping well at night
- Your weight fluctuates unintentionally
- Cravings for unhealthy foods
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t fret. We’ve compiled our best tips for getting you back to feeling your best!
Lower your Stress Levels
We all experience stress at some point, and this can negatively affect your body in a number of ways. Some tips for lowering your stress levels include yoga, meditation, going for a walk, and spending time with your loved ones.
Are you getting at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night? Studies have shown that poor sleep can disrupt the daily fluctuations in appetite hormones and may cause poor appetite regulation. Make sure you’re catching those Z’s!
Drinking enough water is crucial to your overall health! Curious to know exactly how much you should be sipping each day? Read this article from Healthline to determine what’s best for you.
Eat the Right Foods & Take the Right Supplements
If you’re struggling with gut issues, we recommend eating lots of fiber, garlic, onion, fermented foods, and collagen! If you want to take it one step further, incorporating a prebiotic or probiotic into your daily routine, on top of adjusting your diet, will result in a healthy gut as well!