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Biggest Mistakes You're Making When Eating For Gut Health


Your health should always rank at the top of your personal priority list (for obvious reasons). One of the best ways you can take care of your health is by practicing eating habits that favor the well-being and optimization of your digestion.

Along this journey, you might find yourself in a sudden position where the health of your gut keeps deteriorating while you seem to be doing everything else right.

We asked some top doctors about the possible causes of this situation and we found out right away that eating habits may be among the top leading factors. 

So, What Poor Eating Habits Should You Avoid?

The health of your gut might suffer due to any of the following poor eating habits:

ALL-DAY SNACKING

Consuming excessive snacks is not only dangerous for various other parts of your body, but it is even more dangerous to the health of your gut.

Snacks—especially those that cause digestive stresses such as grains or dairies—provide little assistance in maintaining the well-being of your gut. Normally, you should be able to go four to six hours between meals without eating anything.

At night, you should go for up to 12 hours without waking up to eat. If you find this a hard task, you may have problems with insulin, leptin, or perhaps even both.

STRESS EATING

Whatever reason is causing your stress, it is not wise to eat while in that condition.

This is because when you suffer from stress, less blood flows to the stomach thereby slowing down the rate of digestion. Due to this, chances rise that food will ferment in your stomach, which leads to bloating and gas, and may eventually lead to the bacteria in your gut becoming imbalanced. This can lead to huge problems.

TOO MANY RAW VEGETABLES

Eating raw vegetables is not a bad idea at all, and if anything, it is one of the top dietary health solutions most doctors advocate.

However, if you are having issues with your gut, eating too many raw vegetables can result in a diminishing of the production of enzymes, thereby altering the gut microbiome - a unique digestive ecosystem that keeps your bacteria in balance.

In addition, digesting too many raw vegetables can be a difficult challenge, and this may lead to bloating, thereby causing complications such as abdominal pains. The treatment to this is to eat cooked vegetables instead and when your digestion improves, you can start incorporating more and more raw vegetables, slowly.

TOO MANY PROCESSED FOODS

What many people who have gut-health-related problems do wrong is they start consuming a lot of “gut healthy” processed foods to try and improve their health.

However, it is important to note that most of these products do not provide the “probiotic health” they promise to. Instead, they provide even more sugar than heavy kombucha or yogurts do, thereby complicating your gut system further.

TOO MUCH KOMBUCHA

If you are having problems with your gut, drinking too much kombucha or other fermented drinks is not good for your health. If anything, it can worsen candida, which is not desirable as it is responsible for greatly deterring your gut’s health.


What Can You Do to Improve the Health of Your Gut?

You can maintain the health of your gut through various means. These include:

MAINTAIN EATING HABITS THAT SUPPORT YOUR GUT HEALTH

The biggest challenge that you may face if you are suffering from gut problems is that you may be tempted to go back to your old eating habits.

Maybe it's because the previous foods that you used to consume were inexpensive or perhaps more delicious. However, for whatever reasons that you may have, it is important to maintain the positive eating habits that are good for your gut health.

PRACTICE FOOD ELIMINATION FROM YOUR DIETARY PLAN

If you notice that by taking a certain meal it hurts your gut, eliminate the food from your diet. The thing is, even the so called “healthy” meals might not just work out perfectly for everyone. By eliminating the meals that cause havoc to your gut, you will stand a chance of properly healing.

The Bottom Line

Everybody strives to be in good health, but not everyone knows what it takes to achieve this. If you are suffering from gut health problems, the cause might be your eating habits. Consider practicing proper eating habits and avoid the above-mentioned possible mistakes that many people make.



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