A few weeks ago I posted my story, my gluten-free story. And I might’ve left you hanging a bit. This past year has really been about hanging on. Or shall I say, maintaining. Maintaining gut health and a gluten-free lifestyle does take work, and patience. Just like any journey to health and healing. So today I wanted to share with you a few things that I’ve been doing to help maintain good gut health. Now, before I get into it, please know I’m not perfect in my ways or 100% healed. Honestly, I don’t think I will ever be. But I’m happy with being pretty darn close and knowing what’s right or wrong for my body.
There are 3 main things I focus on for maintaining MY gut health (emphasis on my). Yours may be different, but I think it’s important to share what works with each other.
First focus: Staying on top of my digestive supplements. I’ve talked about this before in this post, but I’ll list them here again. I used to have to take a lot more, but now I can maintain with these basics.
- HCL- for digesting protein and helping with production of stomach acid
- Digestive Enzymes- Before a meal.
- Max Stress B- Life Source B vitamins. Really help with regulating adrenals. (I usually buy these from www.prlabs.com or People’s pharmacy here in Austin.)
- Probiotics and Colostrum- So good for the gut flora. And I double the amount when traveling or with stress.
Second Focus: Learning how to handle stress and when to rest. Yes, you all heard be several times over these past weeks talk about resting, and why I take it seriously. I can always feel my body breaking down when I am under a lot of stress. So when that happens, I stop and reevaluate priorities. Sometimes that means resting from workouts for an extended period.
Stress can really harm the flora in the gut and cause more inflammation. I definitely don’t want to go back there. Read here for complete article on stress/gut correlation.
I also soak certain foods when I can; Nuts, seeds, and even some dried fruit. I am really trying to do this more when we are making big batches of food for big training weekends, that I have more time and save some for the following week.
Soaking certain seeds/nut can really help ease digestion. Certain nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes contain foods contain phytic acid as well as enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients. If you have food allergies or have a lot of digestive problems, soaking or sprouting these foods help break down the enzymes and neutralize the phytic acid. This will help you better absorb and digest the wonderful nutrients in these foods. Why do you think we love gluten free overnight oats, sprouted brown rice protein, and chia pudding so much? Ha!
Here’s a great chart to reference to for soaking. Or click here for the article.
Ever so often I will soak organic dried apricots, but for different reasons listed above. Dried apricots do not contain any inhibitors. But they DO contain a great source of non-heme iron (more so than fresh apricots). Re-hydrating them is just easier on my digestion due to the water content. Make sense?
Maintaining gut health and gluten free living is really about nourishing; body, mind, and soul. 80% -90% of the time I strive for this way of life. 10-20% of the time I may let go, intentionally and unintentionally. But I’m human and live in an imperfect world. Wouldn’t you agree?
What type of lifestyle are you trying to maintain these days?
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