Have you heard of lectins? These are anti-nutrients found in many foods. They essentially latch onto carbohydrates and can attach to the gut lining. This can contribute to a leaky gut.
“You gotta nourish to flourish.”
As a dietitian, I often get asked about my own eating habits and the “food rules” I live by. I struggle with my response for two reasons:
- I hate rules, especially when it comes to food. It is important to reframe them as guidelines or practices.
- It doesn’t really matter what I eat. What matters is what YOUR body wants you to eat.
“Your gut and your emotions are a two-way street.”
– From the film Food Matters
I am sure you have experienced this interplay at some point in your life…butterflies before going out with your crush, uncomfortable bowels (read: diarrhea) before you had to give that uber-important presentation at work, upset stomach when you are feeling stressed or anxious…
This is our brain talking to our guts.
“All disease begins in the gut.”
Turns out, he wasn’t just being a dramatic…this is spot on.
This month, in the spirit of all the creepy, crawly, gross things that take center stage this time of year, I am focusing on gut health, in general, and all the [read: trillions of awesome] creepy, crawly bacteria that live in our digestive system.
“Chronic inflammation is fine. Until it’s not. And then it’s REALLY not.”
When it comes to inflammation and our immune systems, there are elements that are within our control – nutrition, exercise, sleep, etc. – and there’s those that are outside of our control – environmental toxins, air pollution, etc. All of these take a toll and add up over time. Think of your immune system like a bucket and each pro-inflammatory trigger is a drop of water in this bucket. Each micro trigger, over time, fills up our immune system bucket…until it overflows!