How to get on top of your gut health
The Longevity Remedy, Nutritionist, Naturopath, Anti-Ageing Practitioner Michaela Sparrow shares her top tips on how to get on top of your gut health.
Gut health is the cornerstone of our entire wellbeing. When it is not in good working order it has a cascading effect on the rest of the body.
During these stressful times, it is important to understand how stress impacts our body, especially our gut health. And it is also important to understand the role your gut plays in hormonal health, inflammation and weight gain.
Increased, chronic stress (when you experience daily stress for longer than 3 weeks) creates a hormone called cortisol via the adrenal glands, long term exposure to this hormone wreaks havoc on your entire health. When it comes to gut health, chronic stress increases the permeability of the gut wall, this creates chronic inflammation throughout the body which impacts liver function by reducing blood flow to the liver, hormonal balance, immune function and even microbiome balance.
Stress will also reduce your ability to absorb nutrients through the gut wall leading to nutritional deficiencies that further impact hormonal health and healthy weight loss (through mood, energy, cravings, sleep).
When our gut is not healthy, the rest of our body isn’t healthy, so if you have unhappy hormones or are struggling to lose weight it is important to not only look at your stress levels but also your gut health in general and address both at the same time.
How to get on top of your gut health?
How can you help reduce the impact of stress, support gut health, regulate hormones and have healthy long-lasting weight loss?
– Help nourish the adrenal glands by eating plenty of vitamin c rich foods
-Balance blood sugar, cortisol production and insulin by ensuring you eat regular small serves of protein every couple of hours. Things like yoghurt, nuts, a can of tuna, cheese stick, chia pudding, hummus and veggie sticks are all great options
-Get outside in nature, this is proven to lower stress hormones and inflammation
-Make time to switch off from work In the evening
-Go for a walk, walking increases endorphins and lowers cortisol
-Block blue lights at night time. Blue light stops the production of melatonin (our sleep hormone) and disrupts circadian rhythm function, this will in turn impact hormonal balance, healthy sleep and your ability to lose weight.
-Feed your microbiome with prebiotic-rich foods like raw garlic, onion, green tea, asparagus, globe artichoke, cooked then cooled potato’s (potato salad is great)
-Ensure you are eating plenty of anti-inflammatory foods like olive oil, oily fish, berries, green leafy vegetables, nuts & seeds
-Avoid high amounts of sugar, processed foods, saturated fats, alcohol and smoking
Start doing these things and watch how quickly your energy increases, mood enhances and the weight starts to drop.
About Michaela Sparrow
Michaela is the founder of The Longevity Remedy. She has had a passion and fascination for the science behind disease, health and ageing for the last 18 years. With a Bachelor Degree in Health Science (Naturopathy) from Endeavour College (Australia’s leading natural medicine school), she is also a certified anti-ageing practitioner (ACAAM) through the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine.
After watching her family members suffer horrifically from heart disease, stroke, dementia and suffering from chronic illnesses and not finding the answers in mainstream medicine Michaela was inspired to learn everything she could about ageing and age-related disease, this passion and obsession lead her to study naturopathic medicine and anti-ageing medicine concurrently.