Always go with your Gut

by John Murphy, Founder, Make 100 Healthy

The word “gut” has so many meanings. But the core one describes your digestive system. 

We all strive to be gut healthy. We also are told to go with our gut instinct. Usually, it’s a correct one.

The foundation of any healthy person is to have a fully functioning digestive system, which is harder than it sounds. 

Our Western diet is full of ingredients and additives that are part of consuming processed food. There’s a whole industry of antacids to counteract what bad food does to your body. I always read the ingredients of anything I eat. If it has high fructose corn syrup, I pass. 

The best thing you can do for your gut is to eliminate fried foods. Also stay away from soda and high fructose juice drinks. Drink plenty of water — so important (half your body weight in ounces each day). Minimize or eliminate starchy carbs.

Do eat lots of locally grown fruits and vegetables. For me, arugula is my go-to green for optimum digestive system functionality. Find what greens work best for you.

Also, enjoy delicious tomatoes, beans, squash, peas, microgreens and so much more. 

I suggest you incorporate a natural probiotic supplement to keep your gut healthy. I take two each day. The key is to keep things moving — literally. A high fiber diet also helps the digestive process. Your gut will function well, and you will feel good, too.

Be aware of how certain food makes you feel. How it effects your body. This will help you cater your diet to include the best foods for you and your body.

My gut instinct says that if you take care of your gut … your gut will take care of you.