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4 Paleo Diet Tips to Boost Your Gut Health
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
A Greek guy named Hippocrates (who did a lot of natural Paleo diet eating, himself) made this statement something like two thousand years ago, and yet: we still have a hard time understanding it.
For instance: when your head hurts, you usually take an aspirin. When your throat hurts, you take cold medicine. When your stomach hurts, you take one of those strange, chalky tablets and wait for the bubbles to dissipate.
And yet: the headaches keep coming back. The throat pains linger. And the stomach problems occur with each passing day and meal.
What’s more—recent scientific research shows that unhealthy bacteria lurking in your gut can actually negate your overall health—from your head to your throat to every cell in the rest of your body.
Understand: your gut contains trillions and trillions of bacteria—something like ten times the amount of cells you have in your entire body. And a lot of those bacteria are beyond comprehension. It’s clear, however, that your gut health defines about three-quarters of your body’s immune system; it further balances your metabolism and actually decreases your chances of depression and several autoimmune disorders.
Several elements of your lifestyle create nasty gut bacteria, including:
1. Continuous stress.
2. Low-fiber diets.
3. Several antibiotics (another reason to make food thy medicine).
4. Toxins in grains and wheat.
Look to the following Paleo diet tips to regulate your gut health:
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acid-Rich Foods.
Foods rich with omega-3 fatty acids include salmon and other types of seafood. Recent studies state that omega-3 fatty acids actually work to decrease your risk of gastrointestinal diseases, and they further work to heal and solidify your intestinal walls, relieving you from scary leaky gut syndrome.
2. Bone Broth.
Oh, the glories of bone broth! It’s pulsing with natural glutamine, glycine, and gelatin, which all work to heal your gut walls and provide a proper environment for healthy gut bacteria. Learn how to create bean broth in a later Paleo diet blog post from yours truly!
3. Limit Your Carbohydrate Intake.
The Paleo diet works to cut back on your grains, legumes, and wheat intake. If you’re already dealing with gut problems, it’s best to cut down on carbohydrates on a more serious level. Fruit and sweet potatoes, for example, are rich with carbohydrates. Look to lower-carb vegetables to receive nutrients and fiber, like: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and spinach.
4. Cut Out the Alcohol.
If you often turn to alcohol to alleviate your stress levels (stress levels that are killing your gut health, by the way), try giving the alcohol a break for a while. Alcohol is nearly toxic to your intestines and your gut health. Furthermore, it increases your risks of irritable bowel syndrome and colon irritation.
Instead of drinking to relieve stress, trying going for a walk or taking up yoga. Read a book, write in a journal, or commit yourself to a few hours of your favorite hobby. Drinking isn’t all-bad in moderation. But when you’re healing your gut and your intestinal lining, there are a million better things for you in the world than your favorite cocktail or beer.
Heal your gut, and boost your overall health with the Paleo diet. Let thy medicine be thy food!