Updated: January 15th, 2017 “Go with your gut” is a phrase that most people have heard before. But, have you ever stopped to actually think about what this phrase means? If you haven’t thought about this before, that’s OK, but it’s very important that you pay close attention to what you’re about to read. Because, learning how to detox your gut could be the single most important thing that you do for your well-being this year…
What exactly is your gut?
Your gut is one of the most powerful systems in your body that you probably aren’t in touch with due to diet, lifestyle and a number of other circumstances that impact most Americans’ health today.
It’s the system that starts at your mouth, and goes all the way down to your anus. Your gut is a bodily system that allows you to process food, absorb nutrients, and get rid of waste (poop). We’re specifically talking about your gastrointestinal tract here, which is also referred to as “the second brain” by those who are in touch with its powerful benefits.
Because your gut communicates with your brain through a pathway of millions of neurons, it has the raw power to influence your mood, weight, skin, thoughts, feelings and so much more.
Your gut ultimately plays a magnificent role in how you live your everyday life.
Why you can sense “gut feelings” – and what they actually mean
At the beginning of this article, I mentioned that you’ve almost certainly felt that instinctual “gut feeling” before – to where you subconsciously knew the right decision to make during a high-pressure situation.
Well, that instinctual sensation that you experienced was actually your gut and your brain communicating in harmony.
Maybe someone has tried to influence you into a bad situation before, and you didn’t completely understand why you felt so strange about the situation you were in. But, you probably “felt” as if you were dealing with trouble, and realized that you needed to get away.
Many people who are conscious of their second brain have evaded harm, or even escaped serious life or death situations, simply because they were aware of what their gut was “telling” them during critical times of need.
To put it simply, it’s extremely important that you’re conscious of what your gut is telling you to do. Healing your gut right now can literally save your life some day.
Why the gut is a huge problem area for millions of people
There’s a major problem that most Americans face…
The poor-quality foods that we eat, and the indulgent lifestyles that we live are actually corroding our ability to use our second brain. Most people aren’t even aware that this is happening at all.
Having poor gut health can actually lead to conditions like:
- Acid reflux
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Weight gain
- Colon cancer
By this point, it should be pretty clear why having poor gut health is so problematic for millions of people.
Bad gut health can lead to uncomfortable temporary conditions like diarrhea at best, or life-threatening diseases like colon cancer at worse.
What will happen once you clean your gut?
Because your gut is “connected” to your brain through a network of neurons, chemicals and hormones, it’s extremely important that you open up this pathway inside of your body in order to allow your gut and brain to communicate more effectively. Cleaning your gut now will also help you avoid various conditions that plague so many people.
Cleaning your gut can ultimately change your life. This is not an exaggeration.
Once you perform the few simple steps that are required to clean your gut, you will most likely begin to…
- Think more clearly
- Lose more weight
- Feel like your mood is back to normal
- Find it easier to connect with other people
- Transform into a healthier and happier human being
Detoxing your gut is one of the most amazing things that you can do for your body, and for your existence on Earth right at this very moment.
And best of all, you can begin to cleanse your gut, and restore your powerful mind-gut connection starting right now.
Just follow these 5 simple steps to detox your gut and live an all-around healthier life…
How to Detox Your Gut Step #1. Limit your intake of artificial ingredients, processed sugars, gluten and alcohol
While it can be difficult to eliminate all unnatural ingredients from your diet, it’s important that you at least limit your intake of them to the best of your ability. Artificial ingredients, processed sugars, gluten and alcohol are detrimental to your health in general, and will definitely serve as a blockade in your pursuit of mind-gut happiness.
Artificial ingredients and processed sugars are two of the most harmful ingredients that should be eliminated from your diet right away, followed by limiting your intake of gluten and alcohol.
However, it is important to note that drinking a glass or two of red wine each night has long been viewed as an acceptable and even healthy way to wind down during the evening.
It’s typically when your intake of artificial ingredients, processed sugars, gluten and alcohol becomes excessive is when real problems can start to occur.
Pro tip: Start using high-quality xylitol to take advantage of the best sugar replacement available (xylitol is Mother Nature’s best natural sweetener).
How to Detox Your Gut Step #2. Line your gut with healthy bacteria
Kefir is a fermented milk beverage that contains millions of units of healthy probiotic bacteria.
Drinking just one cup of kefir per day is one of the greatest ways to line your gut with healthy bacteria. Plus, by drinking a glass of kefir each day, you will also receive the added bonus of absorbing extra vitamins, minerals and proteins that your body craves.
By feeding your gut with healthy bacteria rather than the bad kind found in most foods, you will shockingly begin to think, feel and act differently as your gut begins to heal. Yes, this will truly happen.
Kefir is inexpensive and readily available in most major health food stores. So, drinking kefir is probably the quickest and cheapest way for you to start improving your gut health.
However, taking a high-quality daily probiotic supplement from a reputable brand is a fair alternative to drinking kefir if you like the convenience of taking capsules.
At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to ensure that your gut receives the healthy probiotic bacteria it needs in one form or another.
Drinking kefir or taking a daily probiotic supplement will definitely line your gut with healthy bacteria, and help you get the job done.
How to Detox Your Gut Detox Step #3. Drink green vegetable smoothies
Drinking green vegetable smoothies is one of the best things that you can do for your gut health and your overall lifestyle.
By blending dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and parsley along with fruits containing powerful antioxidants like blueberries, mangos and beets – you will streamline the time that it takes for your gut to heal.
I recommend drinking whole vegetable smoothies rather than just vegetable juices, so that your body doesn’t miss out on all of the vegetable and fruit fibers which provide so many additional health benefits. Don’t limit your fiber intake by choosing to skip out on whole vegetable blending.
How to Detox Your Gut Step #4. Sleep well, exercise, and get high-quality massages
Because your gut is highly-sensitive to the stresses in your life, it’s important that you do your absolute best to manage your stress to the best of your ability. Unfortunately, a lot of stress is unavoidable, since life is obviously a crazy and chaotic ordeal for many people. But, you can always put more effort into limiting your stress and lowering your cortisol levels.
To limit your stress. try sleeping in a big and comfortable bed with cool air that circulates throughout your room. Purchase two or three high-quality pillows so that you can “cycle” through your pillows and rest your head on a fresh surface each night.
Exercising will also help you release tension and aggression in a positive way.
Lastly, investing in a high-quality massage should be at least a weekly occurrence. A professional massage is typically well-worth the premium price tag that you may pay. Massage has actually been a standard part of Asian culture for centuries, because the practice is correctly viewed as more of a medical treatment rather than a luxury.
Sleeping well, exercising and getting high-quality massages are three of the most important priorities that you can focus on which will significantly reduce your stress. Once your stress has been reduced, the health of your gut and the quality of your life will greatly improve.
How to Detox Your Gut Step #5. Socialize with awesome people more often
Socializing with great people is something that most people take for granted. While being social is oftentimes viewed as meaningless interaction, did you know that having a healthy social life can lead to a stronger immune system, greater feelings of fulfillment, and even stronger gut health?
That’s right. Living a fun and socially-active lifestyle can provide benefits far greater than just the pictures that you get to upload to social media after a night out with friends.
Laughing with amazing friends and having fun conversations with awesome people will benefit your overall health and help to reduce your cortisol. Because your cortisol is often linked to the health of your gut, becoming more socially active can greatly help to improve your gut health as well.
How to Detox Your Gut and Transform Your Life Conclusion
Following these five simple steps will help you to cleanse your gut and ultimately unlock your “second brain” – allowing you to live a much more fun and fulfilling lifestyle.
It’s important that you try to make these 5 steps a habit by following them closely for the next 30 days.
After you’ve followed the above steps for one month, they should become almost second nature to you, and will make a massive impact on your everyday health and experiences.