What Having a Healthy Gut Really Means

An amazing hack is maintaining a healthy gut. Gut health is the most important measure in preventing disease and highest micronutrient absorption because if the digestive system gets compromised from stress and other toxins, this unleashes unhealthy bacteria to flourish and increasing the risk of disease.

Maximize Absorption
To boost the most absorption of healthy nutrients from food, you need to consume the easily digested foods first and bust overeating by not mixing tastes, textures, and variety. That’s how the fast food industry assures you continuously consume more and more of their products. A fast-food burger meal, for example, has the bun, lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise, ketchup, meat, and pickles. Pair it with a soft drink and fries and you’ve fallen into their addictive trap. Essentially mixing textures, tastes, and variety triggers your brain to eat more. Eating a mixed meal will trigger your appetite to want dessert and so on goes the cycle of cravings and overeating habits.

Meal Sequence
Cereals, for example, have all additives and flavors that induce appetite plus the most amount of sugar as an added addictive and increased appetite ingredient. So, the best way to decrease appetite and improve digestion while absorbing the full nutrients in your food is to eat the most digestible foods first like salads, then proteins, and last would be carbohydrates. For instance, an American meal includes salad, meat, and potatoes; instead of eating a little bit of each, start with the salad as it’s the easiest digestible. Then eat the meat/protein and the carbs/potatoes would be last. Hopefully before getting to the potatoes, you’ll be full or won’t eat as much from it. Just doing this hack alone will tremendously reduce your caloric intake and keep you full for the longest period of time while benefiting from the most nutrients absorbed from your meal.

If you have gut issues, you will probably have some brain issues as well because the brain and gut are so intimately connected. Most of the serotonin (happy chemicals) is produced in the gut and according to Harvard Medical School experts, tummy troubles can be the cause of, or the result of anxiety, stress, or depression. A one-step solution to maximize gut health is unique fermented vegetables, natural organic keefer, organic grass-fed yogurt, Greek yogurt or Amosi fermented beverage. The healthy bacteria that form from these cultured items are very helpful in populating the healthy bacteria colonies within your gut which will overpower the unhealthy bacteria (candida) within your body.

Written by: Dr. Hanan Selim, healthpreneur, preventative & habit transformation expert, and author & Speaker