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Fasting – Is It Healthy?

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Even if you don’t have digestive issues, or you think you don’t have digestive issues, gut problems are related to so many health issues.

We keep our digestive tract occupied on a daily basis. We consume 3 meals plus snacks at times. An average person would take about 100,000 pounds of food in a single lifetime. That amount and more to be processed, digested and circulated all throughout our bodies.

And if we eat more, the rule of thumb is that we should also excrete more. But if you are the kind of person who doesn’t have regular bowel movements. On average you only do it once or twice a week, it’s possible that your gut might have been compromised. Imagine it’s like holding on to about 15 undigested meals in your belly. That’s way too much unhealthy bulk and way too many toxins stored in. It creates a highly toxic environment inside that could potentially be a breeding ground for all sorts of disease.

If you’ve been feeling under the weather lately without being able to pinpoint a particular reason or trigger. It could potentially be gut related. The gut is so versatile that it also has neurons found on its walls. Neurons are the same components found on the brain. The two are intricately connected that whenever there is a problem with the gut, the brain exudes it and vice versa. Like when you are about to give a presentation or speech in front of a crowd. When you’re in a stressful situation, the gut responds in nausea. That’s the brain and the gut talking. The gut is as they say your “hidden brain”. Not only that, if you find yourself having a negative reaction to some foods that you normally would eat without any problems. Even acne problems that you never used to have before is a symptom that your gut could potentially be in a bind.

There are many ways to make sure that you’re looking out for your gut’s health. Don’t forget that 70% of our immune system cells live in the gut. Like any other motor that works, it’s important to allow our gut to take the time to reset. And if we could give it some time to breathe and reset, ultimately give it a day off, you’ll start to notice amazing results.

Time bound fasting
The most effective way would be fasting. Letting your gut take a break from all the food that we eat is equivalent to taking a long overdue nap without any distractions. Especially if you are showing signs of having a leaky gut, you need to restore your gut’s health as quickly as you possibly can.

Your happiness depends on it
Why? Take yourself back to that moment in your life where you were the happiest. Freeze that for a second. What you experience at that moment is definitely happiness. But that may have only been 5% or 10%, give or take, of the total happiness that you could have felt at that given time. You see when you have problems with your gut, you have problems producing happy hormones. The one called Serotonin. It comes from the gut. So when your gut is too occupied, it won’t be able to transmit the maximum joy you should’ve been able to feel to your brain. Makes sense?

Repair drive
The next step is to begin to repair the gut and heal the damaged. Give your body time to rest and take in nutrient dense food or substances that are known to heal the gut. After all, food is definitely medicine. Organic coconut oil works great, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and antioxidants come highly recommended. Also, it is only the gut that has more bacteria present than cells. A probiotic can help with stabilising a number of good bacteria in your gut. Bad bacteria is also part of the gut such as salmonella and clostridium. The gut can operate perfectly fine with them for as long as their numbers are kept at a minimum level. Taking in a few probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactic or other types of foods that have these components.

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