Eat Your Vegetables, It’s Good For You, Right?
No, not always
Have you ever considered that cucumbers, spinach, turmeric, garlic and hemp seeds may be on YOUR kryptonite list?
They are definitely on mine!
I have been gluten and dairy free for a long time and I was still feeling like my gut healthy was not up-levelling. My body was losing strength and endurance.
I thought I was doing all the right things to improve my gut health.
== > Got off of refined sugar
==> Dropped 100% gluten foods even though I was not celiac diagnosed, my body just felt better without gluten
==> Exercise on a regular basis, not very strenuous things like weight lifting but tons of hikes and cardio
==> Stopped the caffeine intake
==> Gave up the hot sauces
Yet still, something was not quite there.
That’s when I decided to get a gut health analysis done.
The results were startling. I realized how under nourished I was and how much nutrients I was missing.
BUT…. the BIGGEST jolt was the foods which appeared on my body’s kryptonite list.
Not only were there foods which I was already avoiding from the nightshade family like potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant but now things which I was eating every day.
How can I possibly expect to have improved gut health when here I am feeding myself vegetables my microbiome does not want.
For instance, I was having turmeric on a daily basis to deal with my body’s inflammation. Garlic was on overload in every dish. Hemp seeds were added to almost everything I ate and as for cucumber – this past summer I had an abundance of it from the garden.
All the while, I thought I was healing my gut when in fact I was creating tons of unhealthy microbes reducing my overall gut health.
There is no way of knowing what your microbes are lacking unless you have a gut health analysis done.
You may be eating the wrong vegetables for your microbiome as well, leaving you feeling sick, tired and exhausted.
Each person has a unique set of microbiome in their gut. Gut health is balanced when the microbiomes are being fed nutrients which they need.
Healthy microbes is crucial to a strong immune system and they play a vital role in digestion.
An imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes in the intestines may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol to name a few.
More and more science is starting to connect gut health with mental health.
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