Gut health

How gut health can effect results

This is something very close to me, from a young age my mother suffered with Crohn’s disease, something I later discovered is far to common along with IBS, IBD etc. What’s worse is it commonly now affects children, and all of which are largely linked to gut health and caused through environmental factors.

Always struggling with weight, my mum couldn’t drop the pounds and always suffered badly when eating. As a result, I made it my mission to learn more and help to change her future. From this, she now has full control over her Crohn’s and has managed to get from a size 20, down to a 12.

Look after your gut, and it will look after you

How the gut functions is one of the most important aspects of any weight loss journey or transformation and the most under valued aspect of the fitness industry. Many of the population have mistreated their bodies for years with alcohol, fast foods, sugars, following fad diets, starving the body, binge eating etc – all of which have long lasting consequences on the body and digestive health.

It’s important to know that the gut is responsible for over 70% of chemical reactions that go on in your body and is referred to as the second brain. Everything we eat and drink, or in many cases, lack of (under eating or lack of balance) has immediate and long term implications to the body. So, after many years of fuelling the body with bare minimum or excessive amount of the wrong, unnecessary foods, is it any wonder your body doesn’t just melt fat or drop weight how you would like because you eat well for 4 consecutive days etc?!

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Let’s look at it this way, you wouldn’t take your petrol car to the petrol station and throw in a couple quid worth of diesel and expect it to run the same way? or better yet, fill the tank with diesel. I’m pretty sure your car wouldn’t start and the labour cost to have it running efficiently would be costly and time consuming. SO, why is it we do this to our bodies? Fill it with junk food, alcohol etc. which is the equivalent to diesel in a petrol car, as our body does not in any way want or need this. Hopefully the penny is dropping, that the expensive bill you’d be paying for the car, we pay that with our health in the long term- becoming ill, overweight, sluggish, unfit or worse: developing IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, cancers etc – these are mainly new in relation to the westernised diet.

So, if you have mistreated your body with the aforementioned, this undoubtedly will have had a negative effect on the health of your gut and digestion, which when you consider that it fuels every movement you make, whether sleeping or awake, at work or in the gym, you can’t expect your body just to comply straight away just because you’ve now decided to make a change.

Signs of gut health issues:

  • Bloating
  • Irregular toilet habits
  • Cramping
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Acid reflux
  • Ulcers
  • Chronic fatigue

Making the change is fantastic and gut health can be improved to help you achieve health and happiness in your body, it just needs to be a consideration when approaching your journey (or your clients if a trainer). When the gut begins to run how it’s supposed to, results and health will fall into place, just like a full tank of petrol and a full service on your car will have you driving away smoothly.

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Tips for increasing gut health:

  • Eating regular smaller meals
  • Cut out junk food and processed sugars
  • Eat whole foods
  • Healthy fats and protein
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Increasing sleep
  • Having a routine – food, sleep etc.
  • Supplements such as probiotics, glutamine and anti inflammatory foods

This is a process that takes time and consistency, but will allow results to come thick and fast in time and increase quality of life on the whole.

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