Getting all of this knowledge about the importance of gut health is all well and good, but until it is putting the knowledge into action, it is a waste.
It may seem impossible to figure out where to start. The wealth of information on every health blog is contradicting and confusing. I even talked about the struggle with getting a straight answer in Simple Foods. I wish it was as easy as picking a diet, sticking with it, and success follows.
But that isn’t how it works.
Depending on where you are on your gut journey, it may mean major changes or minor tweaks to get the flora to perform for you. I want to discuss some steps you can take to turn a downward spiraled ship around.
1. Assess your current situation
I know you’ve heard my story a million times but I wish I would’ve taken a deeper harder look at the reason why I wasn’t right. Instead of putting blame on myself, I should’ve been creating an action plan to get back the gut I destroyed.
Write down the symptoms on what seems to be bothering you. They can be both internal and external. For me, it was the inability to enjoy a carby meal without massive heartburn. Or the fact that I thought I was having a heart attack due to gas build up in my large intestines. Can’t forget having my face look like Freddy Kreuger didn’t help either.
Luckily I had it pretty easy compared to others. Those who are experiencing debilitating symptoms need to immediately seek professional help.
2. Decide if you need professional help
If the symptoms are unbearable or have been lingering for many a months, it maybe time to get a professional.
Being the stubborn ass I am, I didn’t want to seek help. I broke it, I will fix it. It didn’t help I didn’t trust any doctor to actually know what was going with the gut microbiome.
Now, the word is getting out. Doctors are becoming aware of the microbiome and the certain steps to help weed out the pathogens that may be in your gut.
There are certain protocols that need to be taken depending on the situation. Don’t try to be a hero. Find a doctor that will work with you. Here is a good site of functional medical doctors who can help treat you from the inside out:
3. Improving 1% a day
If curling up in the fetal position isn’t a daily occurrence, you can try taking steps to improving aspects of your health on a daily basis.
For me, I love going into something with a full head of steam. I would be lying if I told you I’ve never chugged chalky drinks full of supplements and powders all in the hope to get a cure overnight. Always looking for a quick fix will get you burnt and chances you’ll end up right back where you started are great.
Back to step one: what are those symptoms? Are you eating right? Are you sleeping? Stressed? Moving?
There are so many factors that go into ones health and trying to tackle all of them can be extremely intimidating and setting yourself up for failure. Start by changing small things.
Find out where you need the most attention and set a small goal on how you can improve it.
Need more sleep? It can be as simple as going to bed 5 minutes earlier.
Addicted to sugar? Have two Cokes instead of three.
Sedentary? Walk around the block. Or for more ideas check out this post.
These little acts will compound over the course of days, weeks, months. Next thing you know your turning your bad habits into good ones!
4. Track progress
This may seem redundant, but write down what you want to improve for that day. You achieve it, give yourself a check. Journal your progress. You can see how far you have come!
You never know, you could be drinking 5 cans of soda a day to brewing your own kombucha in the matter of weeks!
5. Experimentation n=1
It’s been only a few days, but have you noticed any difference in your health? Find out what is working for you. Just keep on adjusting and tweaking until you find yourself noticing improved differences.
You’re going to experience off days. No need to be discouraged.
I’ve had days where I’ve gotten knee pain just from sitting down for too much.
Best way to get verifiable results is to get tested. Blood tests. Stool tests. Get the whole shabang.