Is your gut hurting

Are you hurting your gut

It’s no secret that our gut is the key to not only our physical wellness, but our mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. By nourishing our gut and cultivating a healthy biome, we are keeping ourself in a better position to look, feel, and think better.

Artificial sweeteners: the health of non-nutritive sweeteners has been a hot topic of debate for years, but with increasing interest in gut health, we may see a clearer story emerge. Research has linked the use of artificial sweeteners to shifts in the bacterial populations in the animal microbiome. Follow up studies have even found an association between the use of artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance, an outcome affiliated with the shift in gut bacteria. This includes stevia, monk fruit and other sweeteners people are led to believe is safe and natural.

Tomatoes: despite being rich in fibre and vitamin C, this popular nightshade vegetable can actually have harmful effects on your health. Thanks to their significant seed count, tomatoes contain a large number of lectins which can trigger digestive issues if protein binds to the stomach wall. My mother used to always take out the seeds before making a dish with tomatoes for me.

Cashews: although cashews are high in both protein and antioxidants, they also contain a large amount of lectins which can pass through the gut lining and into the bloodstream. Having a high volume of lectins in your blood can lead to an increase in the growth of carcinogens.

Booze: probably not a surprise as we already know that too much alcohol isn’t a good thing for our health overall, but it turns out it's really not good for our guts. Research looking at alcoholics suggests that chronic alcohol intake is associated with changes in the bacterial microbiome, which may play a role in alcohol-induced tissue injury and liver disease.t

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