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Gut Health

Why is the health of your gut so important? It affects the entire body!

The gut houses around 70% of the cells that make up the immune system. 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the digestive tract by gut bacteria.

Your hormones are processed in your gut.

The microbiome is responsible for aiding food digestion, producing vitamins, supporting the immune system and helping the body to fight infections and diseases.

An imbalance in gut bacteria (termed dysbiosis) can lead to a range of health complaints such as bloating, constipation, acne and brain fog.

Long-term issues include weakened immune function, autoimmune conditions, arthritis, depression/ mood disorders and inflammatory bowel disorders.

What are some ways that you can heal and balance your gut naturally?

  • Cut out foods that aggravate and damage the gut including sugar, refined grains, alcohol, gluten, damaged oils (vegetables oils, margarine, fried foods), junk food and processed/ packaged foods.

  • Eat an organic, fiber-rich diet (vegetables, sprouts, lentils, beans, whole grains such as buckwheat, millet, brown rice).

  • Include prebiotic and probiotic foods in your diet.

  • Regularly cleanse the bowel to eliminate toxin build-up.

  • Add anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric, ginger, barley, extra virgin coconut oil and flaxseed oil to your diet to reduce inflammation in the gut.

  • Avoid alcohol, coffee and energy drinks as they cause inflammation and acidity in the body, and are especially irritating to the gut lining. Learn more about coffee alternatives.

  • Drink sufficient fluids to stay hydrated and enable your body to efficiently clear toxins.

  • Daily exercise and movement.

  • Improve your gut health with targeted supplements like digestive enzymes, probiotics, and glutamine.

The Benefits of Digestive Enzymes

At Longevity Lounge, we believe that EVERYONE should be taking digestive enzymes.

What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes (Hydrochloric Acid/HcL) mimic the enzymes that already exist in your stomach needed to break down your food, absorb your nutrients, and are particularly helpful in the breakdown of proteins.

How do you know if you should be taking digestive enzymes? Any of the following symptoms would indicate that your natural stomach acid is low, and you should be supplementing with additional HcL:

  1. Bloating

  2. Constipation

  3. Diarrhea

  4. Acid reflux or heartburnGas

  5. Undigested food in the stool

  6. Nausea while taking supplements

  7. Nutrient deficiencies

  8. Hair loss or brittle fingernails

Book in with one of our therapists today to learn more about your gut health and to develop a treatment plan specifically targeted to your body!


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